London Syrian refugee resettlement initiative receives $250K
Syrian refugee Awad Alhajali from Kherbet Ghazalah, Syria and his wife Asmaa sit with their children, Obaida, 5, Adnan, 9, Abedr, 2, and Obada, 7, left to right, in their apartment on November 30, 2015 in Irbid, Jordan. The family is waiting for approval to immigrate to Canada. (Paul Chiasson / The Canadian Press)
The efforts to welcome and relocate Syrian refugees in London is getting a major boost.
Community Foundations of Canada' s Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees is contributing $250,000 to the London United for Refugees initiative.
The announcement was made Friday morning at the London Cross Cultural Leaner Centre (CCLC).
London United For Refugees is an initiative established by the CCLC, United Way London & Middlesex, and the City of London, to support refugees from Syria as they settle in the Forest City and area.
As of March 10, more than 880 government-assisted refugees from Syria have arrived in London.
"We are proud to be part of a national movement to support the settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada," said Martha Powell, President & CEO, London Community Foundation in a news release.
"Access to safe, secure housing is essential for individuals and families to thrive and put down roots in the community. We welcome these families into our community with open hearts."