There seems to be a lot of negative backlash going around about the influx of Syrian refugees that are joining us here in Canada. I am not an exception of this as I continuously hear negative thoughts regarding this reality in my own home. My parents are furious about Justin Trudeau’s plans and are outright enraged and expressive about their ideas around the issue. In my experiences, I find that their opinions on this topic come from a place of naivety and being unknowledgeable on the real issues presented to these refugees. That being said, my idea for a campaign is to raise awareness on the need for acceptance and support for the refugees coming to this country and around the world alike.
People need to understand that they are coming here at this point and the best thing to do in order to deal with it is to gain acceptance, empathy and to help support them and foster a positive relationship. They are going to be living in our country and they need our help. They have been through a lot of tragic events in their life and I want to do my best to make sure that their experiences here aren’t an extension of those events.
My goal is to draw attention to the NEED for our assistance and support. I want people to understand more fully what these individuals have been through in order to bring them to this point. To show people what they have been put through might help to grow empathetic feelings within them and push them to help out in this campaign. There are a lot of very blessed people in this country that have a lot to give if they are willing to help out.
The Save the Children website has a lot of informative material and ways to help out and support refugees. You can send gifts, fundraise, donate food etc. They have support systems in place to help you in your efforts to provide for this foundation.