Project Abraham FAQs

How much does it cost to sponsor a Yazidi family?


The sponsorship cost per family is approximately $32,000. The administrative cost of guiding a family through the immigration process to their successful integration is 10% of that.

How can I give financially?


Donations can be made through our crowdfunding page via Paypal and tax receipts can be issued for any amount over $100. To receive a tax receipt, send your mailing address to

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Those wishing to support Project Abraham by cheque or credit card can contact Debbie Rose at Charitable receipts for these donations will be available.

How long will it take for the refugee family to arrive in Canada?


The average period is likely to be 1 – 2 years but we are hoping the Canadian government will now expedite these cases and that they will arrive within the next few months.

Is there more I can do?


Successfully settling a refugee family requires more than a government agency. It also requires community support in many ways. The government has worked to reduce wait times for refugees, but we must donate our own time and efforts to make Project Abraham work.

If you wish to be a Project Abraham volunteer, please contact our Project Coordinator, Debbie Rose at

How will you handle the increased volume of refugees through your partnering SAH?


A SAH is a federally-approved organization, called a Sponsorship Agreement Holder. A SAH is legally mandated to process refugees from their situation abroad, through their immigration to Canada and during their first year in the country. We will be working with JIAS, and the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, Refugee and Resettlement office (ORAT) a leader in resettling minorities from Iraq. ORAT is committed to provide any additional training, expertise and advice to our volunteer coordinators and committees so that the community can share this responsibility of bringing persecuted Yazidi to a safe haven in the GTA.

Do you have a sense that there are really that many Yazidi refugees who want to come to Canada?


There at least three to four hundred thousand Yazidi in Syria and Iraq who would come to Canada at a moment's notice. They have lost everything. Their men and boys have been slaughtered by ISIS and thousands of their women and girls abducted into sexual slavery. Yazidi are often victims of hostile Muslim groups in the refugee camps themselves.

How long will Project Abraham go on?


The volunteer component of Project Abraham will continue until all sponsored families arrive and are successfully integrated. We will continue to advocate with the government until we have achieved our goal of immigration equality.

Where will the refugees settle in the GTA? Do you have a place for them?


Resettlement Groups are set up to take care of all the needs of the refugees once they arrive, including finding housing for them.

If you would like to be part of a resettlement group, or to form your own resettlement group with friends, family, or your community, please contact our please contact our Project Coordinator, Debbie Rose at

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