Together, we can make real change happen.
Over the past few years, I have had the great privilege of traveling to many countries and meeting some amazing people. I’ve also seen the extreme needs and challenges that many people face, far beyond my first world problems. Occasionally, I have been able to help a little, but often it has felt like putting a band aid on a bullet wound.
I’d like to do so much more, but I don’t have the resources to meet everyone’s needs in a lasting way. Perhaps, you feel the same way: so many needs, so many worthy causes appealing for your help that you don’t know what to do or where to start, or even whether to tune them all out!
But together we can make a difference. We can’t change the whole world but we can change the world significantly for a few people. And, I have someone specific in mind…
During my trips to Thailand in 2017 and 2018, I met several refugee families who had fled from persecution by Islamic extremists in Pakistan and have been stuck in Bangkok for last 6-8 years, unable to work or settle there and nowhere near the top of the UN’s resettlement list. (The UN is only able to help 1% of refugees resettle in a new nation per year!)
Thankfully, there is one nation that allows refugees to be privately sponsored by citizen groups and resettle there instead of waiting years for assistance from the UN. That nation is Canada.
I have reached out to a couple of organizations who help find churches or community groups who will act as sponsors for incoming families but, of course, there are significant financial costs involved.
Can I ask you to take a few minutes to learn more by going to www.redefiningrefugee.com? That’s the website my daughter, Chloe, and I put together to assist these families one at a time. On it you can read about the Mahsud family, the first family we will be helping. You can also subscribe to our email list, donate and share the story with others, or better yet all three!
I hope you will take a look and partner with us to positively impact their lives permanently. Together, we can make real change happen.
PS If you have questions please contact me, I’d be happy to elaborate.
The Mahsud* Family: Sanaya, Ayamin, Azeeb and Rohaan. Names changed to protect their identities.