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There are more displaced people in the world today than there was at the end of the Second World War. Since 2011, violent civil conflict in the country of Syria has caused millions of people to fear for the lives. As a result of this violent conflict, over four million men, women and children have fled the country with concerns for their safety. We know that over seven million people are currently displaced within their own country. The majority of the refugees have migrated across borders, with over 1.6 million currently residing in Turkey, and a further 1.2 million currently with refugee status in Lebanon. Middle Eastern countries such as Jordan, Iraq and Egypt have all taken on a great amount of displaced persons as well. As the conflict in Syria has increased, many are attempting to enter Europe through a variety of highly dangerous methods. As countries are struggling to help those who have left their homes, help is needed as millions are looking to build a sense of stability amongst a sea of confusion.
Absolutely. Our ministry partner, the Free Evangelical Association of Lebanon (FEAL) has been working in the country to promote long-term, holistic transformation to those who have lost their homes. FEAL has been working in the region since 1994 and in 2011 began to focus heavily on helping those entering the country from Syria. Their work with refugees is part of the Oasis program, which seeks to help displaced families in three key ways:
Get involved! You can directly partner with the Free Evangelical Association of Lebanon to help them provide various services to incoming refugees. In a world that is currently looking for answers, FEAL is taking action to help families ensure that their children do not grow up in refugee camps. You can find out more about the work that FEAL is doing in the region by visiting their page, which you can locate by clicking here. Looking to get directly in contact with us to ask more questions? You can find out how to contact us directly by visiting the “Contact Us” section of the website, we would love to tell you more about the wonderful work our partner is doing! If you feel moved to take action to help, you can donate to the Free Evangelical Association of Lebanon by visiting here.
Partners International has also recently produced a short film on the work that our ministry partner is doing to share God’s unconditional love in practical ways. You can watch and share this amazing film by clicking here.
Partners International Canada is not currently involved in the process of bringing refugees to Canada.
Refugee Sponsorship can be done through the Canadian government and relevant forms to begin the process can be found at:
Sponsors are expected to provide a level of support that is at least equal to that of the prevailing rates for social assistance in the expected community of settlement. Sponsors are generally expected to fulfil their obligations for 12 months.
*The Canadian government has recently noted that they will be matching all donations made by Canadians to help provide for the basic needs of refugees