Efforts are ramping up to bring a second refugee family to Kimberley after the success of the first effort.
In 2016, the Kimberley Refugee Resettlement Group (KRRG) was able to relocate a family in Pakistan to the Kootenays.
Group Chair Peggy Frederikse says it went so well, they’re doing it again.
“We found that Kimberley opened its heart to this family of five,” says Frederiksee. “The schools were fabulous. The kids did really great in school. The community really support the family in all respects; with food, with clothing.”
KRRG wants to raise $30,000-$40,000 to invite a family through the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program, which includes financial support from the federal government as well.
“It depends on how large of a family it is,” explains Frederikse. “Obviously, the larger the family the more money we need.”
She adds they don’t know the size of the family, or where it may come from.
Fifteen thousand dollars has to be raised before a sponsor can be considered to resettle refugees.
“We have about $2,500 now to start with, so we have a ways to go before we can even contemplate that.” Frederiske adds.
KRRG is kicking off fundraising efforts April 21 with their 3rd Annual International Dinner at the Wasa Community Hall.
– Kimberley Refugee Resettlement Group Chair Peggy Frederikse