Many refugee families who arrive in Calgary are desperately in need of a Canadian friend. 

Right now, we are facing a shortage of individuals or families who can mentor and guide them as they settle in this new environment.

We are currently looking for matches with refugees arriving from:   Eritrea | Ethiopia | Sudan| Syria | Somalia


Authoritarian rule. Forced conscription where soldiers are subject to inhuman and degrading punishment, including torture. Lack of education. Continuous violence.  This is everyday life. Eritrea remains a dictatorship that imposes authoritarian rule with strict limitations on its people. Citizens are unable to freely communicate and gather for fear of imprisonment. Eritreans are the 9th largest refugee population in the world.



A predominantly rural and nomadic society,  Ethiopians rooted in the land eke out a meagre existence. Frequent natural disasters, drought, political repression and armed conflict have resulted in famine, starvation,  societal disruption and death.  According to the World Health Organization, the health status of Ethiopian citizens is poor.  Malaria, tuberculosis, intestinal parasites and acute respiratory infections are common due to the lack of access to clean water and sanitation.


Refugees from Sudan have lived through violence, conflict and severe food shortages since 1983. 63% are children under 18. It is the largest refugee crisis in Africa,  the third largest in the world. The majority of those fleeing are women and children and they are often survivors of violent attacks, sexual assault and, in many cases, children are traveling alone.    



400,000 deaths.  | 5 million refugees. | 6 million displaced internally.

Chemical attacks, torture, forced disappearances, attacks on schools and hospitals and the withholding of humanitarian aid.  These are the atrocities committed against Syrian civilians. In addition, non-state armed groups have also committed a multitude of abuses. ISIS has reportedly used civilians as human shields and has employed the same war tactics as the government, which includes chemical attacks, starvation and human trafficking.



Somalia has been engulfed in civil war since 1991 and while there is a federal government, many areas are controlled by rebel groups. Terrorist attacks and serious drought have pushed communities into acute food insecurity, leading to  174,600 severely malnourished children.

 More than 2.6 million people are displaced within Somalia itself.   It is the longest-running refugee crisis in the world. 



To volunteer or for more information contact: Beata Lutaba | 403. 290.5752


Information credit: UNHCR