Thank you to those who supported our February concert in support of Peaceful Golan. Mohamad and Dima, with their children, plus Mohamad’s parents, sister Muna, and her son, arrived in Kingston in late February and were able to move straight into the accommodation that had been arranged for them.
Within the first month the sponsorship team had helped them apply for OHIP, SINs, Canada Child Tax Benefit, etc. , and helped them to get their own names on their leases, open bank accounts, get registered for bills, and more.
Of course in mid March Covid-19 hit, meaning that the team had to restrict contact with the family units. We are so so grateful that they arrived before the borders closed.
The three children, all under 12 years of age, did not start school before the pandemic began, so they have now been off school for many months
Mohamad and his sister Muna were able to continue the jobs they had in Turkey, working remotely from here. This is fantastic, because it would have been very difficult to find a job during a pandemic. Mohamad and Dima were able to buy a car with which they take his parents and sister grocery shopping.
All family members seem to be settling in well. It helps that their English is very good