After almost 8 months the Odyssey to Canada begins. Chady and his family were given flight details today: Air Egypt leaving Lebanon on June 19 and arriving in Toronto early on June 20. The Matching Centre in Winnipeg sent me their contact information late last week. Gil and Andre contacted Melad the interpreter that they have been working with and a phone call was placed to the family on Monday. They sounded great and are looking forward to the journey.
I am excited and feeling a little intimidated by all the things that need to be done in preparation for their arrival. Gil, Andre, and Melad are looking for a three bedroom accommodation close to the West Mall in Etobicoke – keeping in mind that it must be within walking distance of shopping, schools, and transportation. Once they find something and we are able to confirm with the family, we hope to get it rented so we can move all the furniture we have out of the storage unit and into their home.
There isn’t a lot more to do until we find a home for Chady and his family. Once that is done, we will need some help preparing the home for their arrival and I will call on you.
I hope you are as excited as we are – it is been a long wait but I truly believe that this is a family we will be able to help to make the difficult adjustment. I can’t imagine having to leave everything, your home, your friends, family, and culture because of a war – Chady and his wife were living in Aleppo – a city that has been totally destroyed. We have to remember that their move here will not be easy. They will have all different kinds of feelings and emotions: anxiety, anticipation, sadness, happiness, gratitude, and the list goes on. Our challenge is to make sure that they feel welcome and to help them make the adjustment to a very different way of life. I feel confident that we are up to the challenge and thank everyone of you for coming along on the journey with us.
I will write more as we move along – Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
As for our needs at the moment – we have a lot of furniture but there are a few holes. We don’t have beds for the boys, Hamza 9 and Yousef 6 (we are thinking bunk beds), or a crib for the 1 year old, Sadil. As we began our preparation, there will be a lot of things we haven’t even thought of yet – it is all part of the journey – thanks again for joining us.
Stay tuned for updates 🙂