Donate to Help Resettle Refugees in Canada
Donate to a Sponsorship Group
A major problem amongst sponsorship groups is fundraising. Depending on the parent SAH, they must raise 50% to 75% of the projected sponsorship cost and commit and demonstrate they can raise the balance, before they can think of applying for a refugee family. The total cost of sponsoring a family of 4 is in the order of $40,000. This is where a donation can be invaluable, making the difference between a well-meaning group of volunteers and a refugee ready sponsorship group.
Donate to Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH)
Sponsorship agreement holders act as guarantors for the constituent groups formed under their umbrella. If a constituent group defaults on its obligations, the SAH must take over, and this can be costly. In addition, the SAH may assist constituent groups that are “refugee ready” save for their funding commitment in order to speed up the refugee resettlement process.
Based on their often long accumulated experience, many SAHs are in a very good position to determine how to allocate donations where they can be most effective in resettling refugees.
Donate to Refugee Support Service Providers
There are a number of organizations that provide invaluable services to immigrants and refugees to help them link with others, gain employment, learn English, participate in meaningful activities, etc., to make them feel they belong to a community.
Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)
To assist in the settlement and adjustment of immigrants and refugees in Canada, and to provide services designed to increase the newcomer’s participation in Canadian society, by assisting the newcomer to overcome barriers.
Inter-Cultural Association, Victoria (ICA)
Provide information, support and tools to help immigrants and refugees reach their goals. By engaging people through networks, education and arts programming ICA creates a welcoming community.