Edna Harding is bringing a little joy to the world this Christmas season; she and a group of volunteers from Central United Church are sponsoring two Syrian refugees. Edna says the project is “daunting, financially and time wise”, but “it’s part of what my faith moves me to do.”
Central United is partnering with three other churches (Westway, Windermere, and Roncesvalles United Churches) to put together a private sponsorship. They are sponsoring a 24-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son.
The woman and child, whose names are not yet known, fled Syria and are living in a Beirut refugee camp. The UNHCR said that they need urgent resettlement.
Edna and the other volunteers will be responsible for every aspect of their care for at least a year. “You take them by the hand from the minute they arrive!” she says.
Harding is ready though; she and the other volunteers are waiting for the call to tell them the pair is en route. They expect it will be very soon—perhaps in January. In the meantime, she says they would love to find another volunteer who speaks fluent Arabic. Financial contributions would also be welcome.