SPONSORING REFUGEES The Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group is supporting a family from the Caprivi Strip, in northeastern Namibia. The family of six is expected to arrive in Summerland in the next nine to 12 weeks. (Pixabay image)

Summerland organization to sponsor refugee family from Namibia

Family of six with be fifth refugee family to come to Summerland since 2015

A refugee family from Namibia is expected to arrived in Summerland within the next nine to 12 weeks.

The family of six are being sponsored by the Summerland Refugee Support Group and will be the fourth family this group has brought to Canada over the past four years.

“Our goal has been to bring one family a year into Summerland,” said Doug Holmes, president of the group.

Namibia, a country northwest of South Africa, is one of the more stable African nations, Holmes said.

However, this family is from the Caprivi Strip, a small area in the northeastern part of the country.

Refugees have been fleeing conflicts in the area.

READ ALSO: Eritrean refugee family arrives in Summerland

READ ALSO: Syrian refugee family welcomed

Holmes said the family has four sons, aged 18, 13, 12 and three. The oldest son is of age to be conscripted into the military.

Holmes expects the transition to Canadian society will be easier for this family than for previous refugee families coming to Summerland, since the family members all speak English.

“Sponsoring a family that already speaks English will help the sponsorship group and hill make integration into our community easier,” he said.

The Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group needs a total of $25,000 for its share of the sponsorship costs.

Funding from the Shapiro Foundation has contributed $12,800 towards this goal, “but we still need to raise some money from the community,” Holmes said.

The sponsorship group already has a house and furnishings ready for the family. However, volunteers will be needed to help the family members once they arrive.

The previous refugee families sponsored by the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group include two from Syria and one from Eritrea, in eastern Africa.

In addition, the Summerland United Church sponsored a family from Syria in 2015.

Holmes said the community response to the previous refugee families has been good and the families have been accepted into the community.

“I think the community has been incredible,” he said. “The reception has been amazing.”

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

RDOS to study sites for composting facility

Penticton and Okanagan Falls landfills will be examined

Summerland grocery store offers warm atmosphere, community service

Nesters Market has been involved in numerous initiatives within Summerland

Codling moths remain a problem for Okanagan apple growers

Problem areas for pest include Summerland, Penticton and Naramata

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen works to control mosquito populations

Control efforts in the region have been starting earlier each year

Summerland Ladies Club competes for Rental Cup

One-day golf tournament sponsored by Summerland Rental Centre

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Climate protesters temporarily shut down road in downtown Kelowna

Protesters are demanding politicans take action to stop climate change

Security footage shows grab and go of cash in South Okanagan business break-in

Marla Black is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who broke into Winemaster

Vehicle taken by gunpoint in South Okanagan carjacking recovered

Penticton RCMP said the criminal investigation remains very active and ongoing

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Most Read