Project Abraham was created in early 2015 to find volunteers and sponsors to re-settle Yazidi refugees from Syria, Turkey, and Iraq in the GTA. We have been working with congregations and community groups in the GTA establishing Refugee Sponsorship Committees of 5 - 8 people. Our facilitating partners are Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAH) who process immigrants, such as JIAS-Jewish Immigration Aid Service and ORAT from the Catholic Church. In addition, we are raising public awareness of the plight of the Yazidis, raising the necessary funds, assisting with the immigration process for refugees hoping to arrive in the family reunification program, and advocating on behalf of the Yazidis with the Canadian government.
There is still much work to be done in achieving immigration equality for the Yazidi people. Nevertheless, we will work very closely with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration on all our refugee cases. Successfully settling a refugee family requires more than a government agency. It also requires committed community participation. The government has worked to reduce wait times for refugees, but we must donate our own time and efforts to make Project Abraham work.