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The Marhaba Committee

The Marhaba Committee - November 22 - 2015-2
THE MARHABA COMMITTEE  (Marhaba = “Welcome” in Arabic)

To date, the Syrian conflict has left an estimated 400,000 dead and millions displaced inside and outside of the country. In Turkey alone, there are as many as 400,000 Syrian children not going to school. The situation is grave. The good news is that the federal government has stepped up and pledged to bring 25,000 Syrians to Canada in the coming months, many of whom will be supported by private sponsors.

The Marhaba Committee is a group of Torontonians who want to do the right thing, assisting a Syrian family to make Toronto their new home. Our group is made up of ESL educators, artists, lawyers, as well as nurses, IT specialists, social workers, and scientists.

For one year, we are responsible for providing financial and on-the-ground support. This includes orienting the family to all facets of life in Toronto, coordinating schooling, healthcare, finding employment, and assisting with any emergencies that may arise.

Through the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC), our group is sponsoring a family of FIVE, as well as an adult sibling.  As of Fall, 2017, we are happy to report that the siblings are now reunited in Toronto after many years and are also meeting their nephews for the first time!

In the coming months, we will be announcing several fundraising events. We aim to raise $40,000 to support the family of five. The money will be used to pay the family’s rent, utilities, furnishings, food, clothing, transit passes, and everything in between — for one year.  Our finance sub-committee will ensure that every cent raised goes directly to supporting the family.

We may not be able to stop the conflict in Syria, but we can do our best to assist a family starting a new life in Canada and renew hope for their children.

Check in soon for more updates on our progress with the sponsorship process and our fundraising efforts.

If you would like to assist in any way or would like more information, please contact:

Robert Brodey at