Project Abraham Fashion Show at Beth Emeth November 11, 2018

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Project Abraham and Beth Emeth hosted Sophisticate Fashion and Tea in support of the Yezidi survivors of genocide.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this a success - and many thanks to Marika Vag of Lady Sophisticate who provided the wonderful fashions and mc'd  our event. 

For more pictures see --> Sophisticate Fashions at Beth Emeth

 


Distributing school bags and supplies August 30, 2018

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Thanks to a very generous donor, and with the help of Project Abraham volunteers, nearly 100 school bags and school supplies were distributed to children in our Yezidi community.

As you can see from the pics, the bags were very much appreciated!

For more pics, click here --> Distributing school bags at St. Matthews


Project Abraham Annual Picinic, July 29 2018, Beverly Acres Public School

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Many thanks to the volunteers who worked hard to make our second annual picnic a success!  A great time was had by the volunteers and our Yezidi families.

For more pictures go to --> Project Abraham Annual Picnic


Grandmothers to Grandmothers Kid Fest and Concert, April 22, 2018, at the Lodzer Synagogue

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Grandmothers to Grandmothers of the Stephen Lewis foundation supports the work of African grandmothers caring for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers had a Kid Fest at the Lodzer Synagogue, and invited our Yezidi community youngsters to share in the fun. A wonderful time was had by all!

For more photos see --->Grandmothers to Grandmothers Kid Fest

 


Celebrating the Yezidi New Year, April 18, 2018

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There was a lot to celebrate - the first New Year since the defeat of ISIS. Joining us this year in celebration were members of the York Regional Police, volunteers from Project Abraham, and volunteers from COSTI.

For more photos, click here --->Sere Sal April 18 2018


Project Abraham winter clothes bazaar

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Project Abraham held its fourth bazaar at the Lodzer Synagogue yesterday, Sunday January 14/18, to provide winter clothing and household goods for newly arrived Yezidis refugees in the GTA.

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Yezidis GTA community Eda Rojia Dec. 15 2017

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Roji and Eda Rojia Ezi (Fasting and Feast of Ezi) are religious holy days that the Yezidis celebrate in December.  This is a special time for the Yezidis, and this year Project Abraham volunteers had the pleasure of being invited to help them celebrate. 

For more photos, click here ---> Eda Rojia Dec 15 2017


Project Abraham report on refugee challenges


Dec-6/17

Yesterday, December 5/17, Debbie Rose (Manager, Project Abraham), Gary Rose (Director of Communication, Project Abraham), Nadre Atto, and Aveen Ismail, met before the Standing Committee of Immigration and Citizenship to provide our experience and recommendations on the current GOC initiative to bring the most vulnerable of the Yezidis to Canada.

The following is a link to the meeting, with links to our report and remarks to the committee.

Testimony before the Committee on Immigration and Citizenship
Brief submitted to the Committee on Immigration and Citizenship
Remarks to the Committee on Immigration and Citizenship (Debbie Rose)
Remarks to the Committee on Immigration and Citizenship (Gary Rose)

Nov- 8/17

MPs on the immigration committee are currently being briefed on the results of the GOC's commitment to bring #Yezidi and other minority survivors to Canada (Nov 7/17).

#ProjectAbraham provided the committee with a report based on our experience and observations, many of which coincide with the points brought forth in this CBC report. Unfortunately, while bringing the Yezidi victims of ISIS to Canada should be applauded, the GOC has not fully addressed the needs of the victims once they arrived. There are many glaring deficiencies and issues, both immediate and longer-term.

Project Abraham has stepped in to address some of these issues, but without more attention, support, and guidance from the government, these traumatized victims will face a long and hard road that will prolong their recovery and integration.

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Another successful bazaar to help the Yazidis community

 

Last Sunday, September 24/17, Project Abraham volunteers successfully organized another bazaar for the Yazidi community.

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A wedding like no other

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Last Friday the Yazidi community in Richmond Hill celebrated their first wedding in over five years. A lot has gone on for the Yazidis between weddings - Mt. Sinjar, genocide, and the capture of their women and girls by ISIS - so it would be no surprise if they weren’t up to celebrating. Yet despite the worse nightmare that could happen to good and decent people, Friday was a celebration of life and freedom for the Yazidi community.

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