We believe that by changing one life you can change many. But… we can’t do it alone.
WES, The Wiltshire Education Society, was created in 2013 by a small group of Nanaimo, British Columbia citizens committed to enabling disadvantaged youth internationally gain new hope through education. We have now finished one project and are embarking on WES2 and for that we need your support and help.
Our task is to raise sufficient funds to provide for a family from Afghanistan who are now living in Turkey, and then to cover the cost of getting them to Nanaimo and to settle them here for the first year. The oldest child of this family is studying at Vancouver Island University. This is …..
HER STORY: I am the oldest child of a family of seven from Afghanistan. The Taliban targeted my family when I was given a scholarship to a prestigious high school in Europe. Twice my father was beaten up and the teachers physically punished my sisters and brother at school for no reason.
I was fortunate to gain a scholarship to Vancouver Island University. It was during my first month of living in Nanaimo that I managed to get my entire family out of Afghanistan. Some of my high school friends had generously agreed to help me when I shared my family’s story with them. A father of one of my peers at school invited my family to visit Turkey, another parent promised a sum of money to support them. My mother secretly packed all the essential documents and the whole family escaped from Afghanistan. Once they were in Turkey my family went to the United Nations to claim asylum as refugees.
My three sisters and one brother, aged 8-18, are all doing well in school and my father is trying to find work. Learning Turkish is not easy, although the younger children are picking it up much more easily than the older ones or my parents. I’m very relieved that they are safer as refugees in Turkey, but my dream is for them all to join me here in Canada so that we can start a new life together.
I am so grateful that the Wiltshire Education Society has decided to help make my family’s dream come true. It means so much to me to be living in a friendly and welcoming community and I know my family will love it tool.
… and from my siblings in Turkey:
“I want to go swimming, make friends and wear a little skirt.” Youngest sister, aged 8
“I want to join a Canadian soccer team and become a professional player.” Brother, aged 13
“I want to go to a French school and I don’t want to feel scared about what’s going to happen in or after school.” Middle sister, aged 15.
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