June 20, 2022
TORONTO – On this World Refugee Day, B’nai Brith Canada is proud to highlight our efforts to help Afghan and Ukrainian refugees.
To assist the many Ukrainian refugees in their time of need, B’nai Brith began last March its Emergency Ukraine Relief Campaign. We hosted a clothing-donation drive, over three weekends, to gather much-needed basic supplies. The response was dramatic – filling 10 trucks of clothing, blankets, hygiene products, flashlights and batteries, toys, backpacks, and other essential items. Monetary donations were also accepted, with 100% of the funds raised going directly toward supporting Ukrainian refugees.
We recently provided a Ukrainian family with a newly renovated and furnished apartment in one of our affordable housing buildings in Toronto. We are in the process of making two more apartments available, with the intent of housing more Ukrainian families. B’nai Brith is subsidizing these units, helping the refugees settle in Canada to start their new lives.
Our humanitarian assistance was also evident a few months ago, when B’nai Brith and Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) partnered with the Afghan Women’s Organization Refugee & Immigrant Service and The Neighbourhood Organization to aid Afghan refugees.
CLICK HERE to watch the video highlights of our work for Ukrainian refugees.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency: “The war in Ukraine has displaced 8-million within the country this year, and more than 6-million refugee movements from Ukraine have been registered.”
World Refugee Day is an international day that is recognized on June 20 each year and is meant to honour refugees around the globe. The Day “celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.”