Houston funds to help Syrian refugees

$38,598 donated to United Nations Refugee Agency: Donation for Transformation Initiative program

In December 2016, Houston Today reported on a group in Houston that has been working to help support Syrian refugees in need.

The project started two years ago in December 2015 where Houston Group to Sponsor Syrian Refugees (HGSSR) members discussed sponsoring strategies and fundraising options.

“The community of Houston showed great generosity as individuals and businesses donated a total of $38,598 to the cause,” said Marnie MacLeod, member of the group.

Donations were received from Dungate Community Forests, Bulkley Valley Credit Union, and other corporate sponsors.

Initially the group wanted to support a young widow and her two children.

“Ramia, to whom we were connected by a Syrian family here in the Bulkley Valley, experience an unsuccessful attempt to leave her country,” said MacLeod.

Ramia has decided to remain in Syria, and from there HGSSR continued their pursuit to find other programs that would support their goals to help out refugees.

MacLeod said, “Another major set-back was when the Canadian Government had reached its target goal of sponsoring 25,000 refugees. The process then became very complicated with promises of receiving lists of needy families never materializing.”

As the process dragged on, MacLeod said the group decided that it would be better to make the money available to help Syrian refugees in countries that are currently giving refuge to them.

“We are excited that those funds will now be used by the United Nations Refugee Agency to assist in their ‘Donation for Transformation Initiative’ program,” said MacLeod. ”This program offers monthly support to Syrian Refugee families who are living in very desperate situations.”

The program uses an iris scan ATM system where refugees will withdraw money for to support themselves and their families needs, whether it is medical, rent, food, transporation, clothing, etc.

Just Posted

Bulkley Valley tourist industry adjusts to salmon closure

Businesses maintain philosophy of cooperation and enthusiasm as tourists begin arriving in Smithers.

Northwest family doctors win awards for B.C. launch of CHANGE Program

Northwest family doctors win awards for B.C. launch of CHANGE Program

Employer health tax may strain local governments

RDBN on the hook for an extra $24,000 by 2020

UPDATED: Horgan says B.C. defending its interests in Trans Mountain pipeline

Canadian finance minister’s update comes the same day Kinder Morgan shareholders plan to meet

Houston working around the clock to address flooding

River Forecast Centre upgrades advisory for Houston

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

Woman’s death near Tofino prompts warning about ‘unpredictable’ ocean

Ann Wittenberg was visiting Tofino for her daughter Victoria Emon’s wedding

Will Taylor Swift’s high concert ticket prices stop scalpers?

Move by artist comes as B.C. looks to how to regulate scalpers and bots reselling concert tickets

36 fires sparked May long weekend, most due to lightning: BC Wildfire

As warmer weather nears, chief fire officer Kevin Skrepnek says too soon to forecast summer

Ariana Grande sends message of hope on anniversary of Manchester bombing

Prince William joins survivors and emergency workers for remembrance service

Cariboo business supplies security ATVs for 44th G7 Summit

Spectra Power Sports Ltd. of Williams Lake supplying security vehicles for G7 Summit

B.C. flood risk switches from snowmelt to rainfall: River Forecast Centre

Kootenays and Fraser River remain serious concerns

Pipeline more important than premiers meeting: Notley

“Canada has to work for all Canadians, that’s why we’re fighting for the pipeline”

Canadian government spending tens of millions on Facebook ads

From January 2016 to March 2018, feds spent more than $24.4 million on Facebook and Instagram ads

Most Read