MCAF Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis
(Call for Volunteers)
Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian tragedy of our time. Almost 12 million Syrians are either refugees or internally displaced. The Government of Canada has committed to resettle Syrian refugees through the Government Assisted Refugee process. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has requested over 1.15 million refugee resettlement spaces to assist in the crisis.
MCAF is currently seeking Arabic Interpreters / Translators for Syrian Refugees. Interpreters may provide interpretation / translation for the immediate resettlement needs of newcomers, including:
- • Information sessions,
• Doctors’ appointments,
• Parent/Teacher Interview, etc.
We are currently in the process of identifying housing stock available in our community in preparation for the arrival of Syrian refugees. Please go to the following link and fill the questionnaire to help us build the list of available housing stock.
FIRST FREDERICTON FRIEND(S): Volunteers (Canadian-born and/or settled immigrants) will be matched with newly arrived newcomer(s) to meet once a week for two hours or more (volunteers share time and friendship with immigrants during the critical first six months) for conversation, friendship building, and to introduce them to their new community. MCAF will try to match you with a newcomer(s) with similar interests and the same gender.
TUTORS: ENGLISH and/or FRENCH: English and French tutors meet weekly with newcomer participants individually (one-on-one), or in small conversation groups providing extra help or an opportunity for newcomers to practice their English or French. Volunteers will develop/use teaching skills and learn more about new cultures.
MENTORS: share knowledge about their occupation / profession, the local labour market and community with newcomers of the same or comparable occupations / professions and also provide opportunities to actively participate in the process of community building.