My apologies Refugees Belong community for not updating you sooner, it has been a busy weekend!
After 24 hours of travel the Akil family arrived in Halifax late Friday night. They had no idea what to expect upon landing and were overcome with emotion that there were people there to meet and welcome them.
Maria, age 2, slept though landing and our greeting, but woke up when we went outside to get to the parking garbage and the snow starting hitting her face! What a way to wake up in a new country and climate.
I want to start out by saying that having spent a number of hours with Safwan, Khanssa, Asil and Maria this weekend, that they are a completely wonderful family! I am overwhelmed by their courage, their drive to succeed and their incredible hospitality even as they are the ones in a strange place. It was a complete joy to get to be with them.
We learned that they managed to escape Syria four years ago, although most of their extended family is still trapped there. They have been living and working in Lebanon and have come to Canada in the hope for a future for their girls.
They have worked hard at learning English and we are able to communicate more than we anticipated. Getting them into language classes is still a top priority, and the sooner the better, because they are ready to fully embrace life in Canada!
I hope many of you will have the pleasure of meeting them soon. A community meet and greet is in the works for Monday, January 2, which is a holiday here in Nova Scotia. If anyone who is better at planning events than me, would like to jump in and help with that, or know a local business that would like to support the event, please contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone for making this dream a reality.