JIAS Toronto, now celebrating its 95th year of serving immigrants and refugees, is a government and community funded immigrant service organization providing comprehensive settlement and integration services to 8,000 newcomers a year. The organization is also a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH), since late 2014, with the Government of Canada– the only Jewish SAH in Canada –giving it a mandate to sponsor refugees from overseas to come live in safety and rebuild their lives in Canada. In response to the Government’s Syrian Refugee Crisis Initiative in 2015 JIAS Toronto mobilized over 32 volunteer Constituent Groups to submit applications and support the refugee sponsorship process. In total, JIAS Toronto sponsored 40 refugee families, equalling approximately 140 refugees and reunited them with their families living in the GTA. A year or so after arrival, these families are settling beautifully, the children are in school, speaking English and thriving and the parents are working on English language skills and finding employment. They are well supported and cared for by their families here and by the constituent groups. JIAS Toronto continues to bring refugees to the GTA through its annual SAH allocation and is now working with IRCC to support and settle Yazidi refugees.
JIAS Toronto was awarded Ve’ahavta’s Tikun Olam 2016 Humanitarian Award for its work bringing Syrian refugees to Canada. Janis Roth, the Executive Director of JIAS Toronto had this to say when accepting the award, “It is a most rewarding time for JIAS Toronto and for the many community groups who are so generously and tirelessly working to sponsor refugee families. Many in the Jewish community, motivated by Jewish values and history, felt it was important to take action, and JIAS Toronto, in our capacity as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder, responded.
Islamic Relief works with communities around the world to strengthen their resilience to calamities, and provide vital emergency aid when disasters occur.
We have been on ground in Syria and surrounding regions since 2011, providing food security, shelter, survival necessities, medical and hospital supplies, and educational and psychosocial support for those in need. At the height of the siege in Aleppo, we were there responding to refugees fleeing into surrounding regions with emergency aid.
We have been working throughout Myanmar since 2008, delivering life-saving emergency aid, food and hygiene kits to those displaced by inter-communal violence. As refugees are forcibly removed from their homes we are there in neighbouring Bangladesh to provide food packs and shelter.
Right To Play protects, educates, and empowers children through the power of play. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development that focuses on quality education, health and well-being, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. Since its inception, Right To Play has worked with refugees and displaced children and youth in 23 countries. Currently, Right To Play uses sport and play to help more than 275,000 refugee children across 52 refugee camps in 6 different countries recapture their childhoods and learn the skills they need to recover from trauma and overcome new challenges.
One in every 113 people on the planet is on the run, fleeing dire circumstances to become asylum seekers, displaced persons, or refugees. World Vision is on the front lines in some of the world’s most desperate refugee contexts, providing water, sanitation, food and nutrition assistance, education, skills training, and child protection interventions to children and families in need.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We believe all people, including children, are created equal in the sight of God and should have the opportunity to experience life in all its fullness. To this end, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.