St. Thomas’s Refugee Initiative

Our second sponsorship, a family from Eritrea arrived in Canada on June 1. Like so many others, Medhin and Eldana fled shortly after independence from Ethiopia, going to Sudan in order to escape Eritrea and what has been described by Human Rights Watch as one of the most oppressive governments in the world. A fundraising event is being considered for the fall to raise the additional funds needed for this second sponsorship.

Medhin and Eldana seem to have weathered their journey well, and are happy to finally be in Canada. Medhin was born in Eritrea and was in Sudan as a refugee for a very long time. Her daughter, who is now four years old, was born in Sudan. They both speak several languages.

If you have any questions or would like to assist with this project through a donation, please contact Andrew Gray at