Celebrating the Yezidi New Year, April 18, 2018

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There was a lot to celebrate - the first New Year since the defeat of ISIS. Joining us this year in celebration were members of the York Regional Police, volunteers from Project Abraham, and volunteers from COSTI.

For more photos, click here --->Sere Sal April 18 2018


Project Abraham winter clothes bazaar

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Project Abraham held its fourth bazaar at the Lodzer Synagogue yesterday, Sunday January 14/18, to provide winter clothing and household goods for newly arrived Yezidis refugees in the GTA.

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Yezidis GTA community Eda Rojia Dec. 15 2017

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Roji and Eda Rojia Ezi (Fasting and Feast of Ezi) are religious holy days that the Yezidis celebrate in December.  This is a special time for the Yezidis, and this year Project Abraham volunteers had the pleasure of being invited to help them celebrate. 

For more photos, click here ---> Eda Rojia Dec 15 2017


Project Abraham report on refugee challenges


Dec-6/17

Yesterday, December 5/17, Debbie Rose (Manager, Project Abraham), Gary Rose (Director of Communication, Project Abraham), Nadre Atto, and Aveen Ismail, met before the Standing Committee of Immigration and Citizenship to provide our experience and recommendations on the current GOC initiative to bring the most vulnerable of the Yezidis to Canada.

The following is a link to the meeting, with links to our report and remarks to the committee.

Testimony before the Committee on Immigration and Citizenship
Brief submitted to the Committee on Immigration and Citizenship
Remarks to the Committee on Immigration and Citizenship (Debbie Rose)
Remarks to the Committee on Immigration and Citizenship (Gary Rose)

Nov- 8/17

MPs on the immigration committee are currently being briefed on the results of the GOC's commitment to bring #Yezidi and other minority survivors to Canada (Nov 7/17).

#ProjectAbraham provided the committee with a report based on our experience and observations, many of which coincide with the points brought forth in this CBC report. Unfortunately, while bringing the Yezidi victims of ISIS to Canada should be applauded, the GOC has not fully addressed the needs of the victims once they arrived. There are many glaring deficiencies and issues, both immediate and longer-term.

Project Abraham has stepped in to address some of these issues, but without more attention, support, and guidance from the government, these traumatized victims will face a long and hard road that will prolong their recovery and integration.

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Another successful bazaar to help the Yazidis community

 

Last Sunday, September 24/17, Project Abraham volunteers successfully organized another bazaar for the Yazidi community.

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A wedding like no other

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Last Friday the Yazidi community in Richmond Hill celebrated their first wedding in over five years. A lot has gone on for the Yazidis between weddings - Mt. Sinjar, genocide, and the capture of their women and girls by ISIS - so it would be no surprise if they weren’t up to celebrating. Yet despite the worse nightmare that could happen to good and decent people, Friday was a celebration of life and freedom for the Yazidi community.

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Vigil for the third anniversary of the Yazidi genocide on Mt. Sinjar, August 3, 2017.

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Thursday August 3, 2017 was the third anniversary of the Yazidi genocide on Mt. Sinjar.

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Project Abraham volunteers pitch in to support the Yazidi community

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June 26, 2017

Yesterday at the Lodzer Synagogue in Toronto, Project Abraham held a free bazaar to meet the needs of the Yazidi community. It was a hugely successful event.

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Project Abraham volunteer and Yazidi community picnic July 11 2017

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Under shade trees and sunny skies Project Abraham celebrated summer at Earl Bales Park.

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From the clutches of ISIS to freedom

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My wife Debbie, who is the Project Coordinator for Project Abraham, and I joined the GTA Yazidi community in meeting our latest refugees at Pearson International Airport

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