The Sackville Refugee Response Coalition is a broadly based, voluntary alliance of organizations and individuals, formed to engage the people of Sackville in welcoming Syrian refugee families as new arrivals to our town.
Why is this necessary?
Kenyan-born poet Warsan Shire explains the refugee experience this way, in her poem “Home.”
no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land…
no one leaves home
until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying leave, run away from me now
I don’t know what I’ve become
but I know anywhere is safer than here.
The good news?
Thanks to hundreds of generous Sackville residents, businesses and organizations, the first phase of fundraising succeeded beyond all expectations. The cost of sponsoring a single family is about $30,000. Between October 2015 and January 2016, donations received totalled more than $120,000, enough to sponsor not 1, not 2, but 3 families! In July 2016, we welcomed our first Syrian family to Sackville. In September 2016, our second Syrian family arrived, and in June 2017 we welcomed our third family, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed, whether financially, through donations of clothing and furniture, helping set up apartments, and in so many other ways!
The ongoing challenge: our work continues!
Sackville, New Brunswick, has proven to be a welcoming community, ready and able to offer a safe new home to people whose former homes are safe no more. But our work is not over. There are many opportunities to help our families continue to adapt to life in Sackville.
The SRRC is currently in our second phase of fundraising in order to pursue family reunification opportunities. We have applications in process for two additional family groups connected to our current families, and are hoping to raise approximately $55,000 to cover these sponsorship obligations.
Over and above our plans for family reunification, we are also in the process of working with such groups as Rainbow Refugee to sponsor LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, as well as with Lifeline Syria to sponsor one (or more) additional Syrian families.
If you are interested in participating in an enriching and life-changing experience, please go to our Contacts page, or send us a message through the SRRC’s Facebook page. Browse through our Facebook page for updates and information about refugees in general, and our community’s experience. We also post requests and updates as they arise.
Thank you again for your support and your interest.