UBC Student Raising Funds to Reunite with Her Family in Canada

Fundraising campaign by Shogofa Alizada
  • CA$21,207
    raised of $60,000.00 goal
35% Funded
104 Donors
Raised offline: $33,000.00
Total: $54,207.00

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Hi Friends,

My name is Shogofa; I am a 21-year-old college student at the University of British Columbia. I am a Hazara from Afghanistan, and I left Afghanistan as an unaccompanied minor when I was 16 to come to the U.S. and later to Canada. Upon my arrival in Canada, I entered the foster care system, and despite the challenges of being in foster care, I used every opportunity to graduate from high school and later start my undergraduate degree at The University of British Columbia. Currently, I live in Vancouver, B.C., as a Canadian Permanent Resident, where I moved in 2017.

The current Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan has displaced and forced thousands of families to flee for safety, leaving their homes and all of their belongings behind, including my family. My family consists of my mom, my dad, and my five minor siblings, who made the 15-hour journey to the Spin-Buldak border, Kandahar province in a tiny car with many Taliban checkpoints on their way and then crossed the land border by foot in Pakistan. They are currently in Pakistan, where they have been living as refugees since August 2021 with little to no support and with the daily fear of getting deported back to Afghanistan while waiting to get resettled in Canada through the Sponsorship Agreement Holder Program (SAH).

My family's safety is my top priority so I have taken time off from school this year to solely focus on the resettlement process of my family and help them get to safety. Fortunately, after weeks of many sleepless nights, phone calls, and reaching out to sponsorship organizations, and refugee advocates, I have been able to find a SAH Organization that has agreed to undertake the sponsorship of my family in 2022, as long as I show proof of funds to cover the first year of living expenses and a Constituent Group that could provide settlement support once my family arrives in Canada.

Pastor Kristina Breit is willing to put their time and effort into bringing and providing support for my family in partnership with the SAH organization. While I meet all the other requirements to sponsor my family, their resettlement and hopes of getting to safety in Canada without the sponsorship funds ($60,000) would be impossible.

Before submitting the application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), I need to show the Canadian government that I have the funds placed in a trust account to help my family’s first year of life in Canada. To expedite the resettlement process of my family and ensure that I can submit my family’s sponsorship application in March 2022, I need to raise funds by December 30, 2021. In case the sponsorship funds are not raised by December 30, the chances of ensuring that the Sponsorship Agreement Holder Organization takes on the sponsorship of my family will decrease because an important part of the sponsorship process is to show the IRCC that I have the funds to support my family in their first year of settlement in Canada.

As a college student myself, I do not have the financial means to make the $60,000 for the sponsorship of my family. While I have taken time off from school to focus on the resettlement process, making the $60,000 sponsorship money in the short period I have left is unattainable. Therefore, I have created this fundraising effort to help with the sponsorship of my family in Canada. Once the money is raised, the funds will be transferred to a trust account, which remains as required by IRCC until my family arrives in Canada. The money, then, will be used towards my family’s first year of living expenses. If we get 60 people to donate $1000, Or 120 people to donate $500, Or 600 people to donate $100, or 6000 people to donate $10, our goal of $60,000 is met, but any amount of donations will be greatly appreciated as it could bring me closer to my goal of $60,000.

While I have spent the past six years away from my family, missing out on family celebrations, and worried about the safety of my family with your donations, my family and I could be reunited. So thank you very much for your donations, I am eternally grateful. Canada became a home for me, a place where I saw the prospects of having a better future for myself, and I hope that it becomes a home for my family as well.

Please share this with your friends, family, and community.

The Sponsorship costs include start-up costs and monthly costs.

Start-up costs include, but are not limited to:

one-time payment for household items

furniture

Clothing

Flight to Canada

Monthly costs include:

food and incidentals

housing costs

monthly public transportation passes

Please refer Here for a detailed breakdown of how the funds will be used. Pastor Kristina Breit has kindly done the sponsorship costs calculation. If you have any questions regarding the fundraising, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Breit [email protected] or Shogofa Alizada [email protected]

Note: In case my family for any reason can not resettle to Canada or another third safe country, your donations will be used towards sponsoring another refugee family in need of resettlement in Canada.

To know more about my family and their journey to Pakistan, please watch my interview with Dave Lee and Warren Redlich. In mid-august, I reached out to Dave on Twitter, who helped my friends and I get our families out of Afghanistan.

You can also read more about me and my family here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10unmzdHzb54xtp...

Thank you very much for all of your donations and for sharing this with your family, friends, and community. I am eternally grateful.

Fundraising Team

  • Shogofa Alizada
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  • Co organizer
  • Kristina Breit
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  • Co organizer

Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 15, 2022
$500.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jun 20, 2022
$1000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 17, 2022
  • May God reunite you with your family quickly and may He Bless you all with an incredibly prosperous, healthy and joyful life in Canada!!!!

$100.00
Sep 06

UPDATE 4: ARRIVAL DATE, FUNDING AND HOUSING SUPPORT

Update posted by Shogofa Alizada at 03:00 am

Hi everyone, Thank you very much for your generous donations. My family's move to Canada would not have been possible without your help and continuous support. Since the last update, my family has gone through all the resettlement steps (interview, medical check-up, and biometrics) and was moved to Islamabad about. . . . .

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May 14

Update 3: Paperwork submission and arrival date

Update posted by Shogofa Alizada at 09:49 pm

First, I want to thank everyone for their love and support over the last eight months. Your support and donations have been truly heartwarming and to see my friends and community come together and offer their support at a difficult time for my family and I, has been overwhelming. Since. . . . .

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Dec 24

Update #2: Exciting news! 😀

Update posted by Shogofa Alizada at 08:37 pm

Thank you very much to everyone who has continued to support us in the past couple of weeks, whether you have donated money or shared the fundraiser. Your donations and support are incredibly valued! I am excited to share that we have raised a total of $50,000 through online and. . . . .

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Dec 12

Paypal/Credit Cards Payments

Update posted by Shogofa Alizada at 07:43 pm

Thank you very much for your generous donations; we have raised $5000! I am overwhelmed by your support.I have received messages from donors sharing their concerns about the donations not appearing on the fundraising page. I have contacted customer service, and here is their response:"HiThank you for contacting Customer Support.Due. . . . .

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Donors & Comments

104 donors
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 15, 2022
$500.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jun 20, 2022
$1000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 17, 2022
  • May God reunite you with your family quickly and may He Bless you all with an incredibly prosperous, healthy and joyful life in Canada!!!!

$100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 26, 2022
$10.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Feb 12, 2022
$99.00
$100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 08, 2022
$180.00
  • Denise Davis
  • Donated on Feb 08, 2022
  • I hope that you get this all taken care of so your family can be together.

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jan 11, 2022
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jan 09, 2022
  • Good luck with everything!

$50.00
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CA$21,207
raised of $60,000.00 goal
35% Funded
104 Donors
Raised offline: $33,000.00
Total: $54,207.00

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities