Christine is a courageous and resilient mother who has been through unspeakable danger and sorrow to ensure the safety and success of her family. Christine, her children and grandchildren can teach us about self-sacrifice, endurance and dedication to those we love. Initially from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Christine and her family fled to a refugee camp in Zimbabwe after a violent attack in their village. They lived through deplorable conditions and danger for ten years before finally being granted asylum in Canada.
When her family arrived in Canada, they were exhausted and emotionally drained from their long journey and years of unrest. Their first stop was Wesley’s Newcomer Reception Centre, where they found support from Wesley staff and a comfortable place to rest. With the help of Wesley’s programs and services, the family is rebuilding their lives in the Hamilton region.
The United Nations has declared the refugee situation an international crisis, and globally, 90 million refugees must resettle due to conflict, natural disasters, or persecution. Wesley has assisted thousands of newcomers and we’re mobilizing efforts to welcome even more future citizens next year through increased capacity at our new location.
Christine’s dream for her children and grandchildren is to have a safe and bright future filled with opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Wesley can provide supportive programs to newcomers, those experiencing homelessness, addiction and mental health barriers, and local families experiencing poverty. With your support, we can change lives. Will you help and donate today?