Ehsue Kaw

My feeling of belonging in Canada started the day I knew that I was accepted to WUSC’s Student Refugee Program and was contacted by the WUSC Local Committee from my college. At that time, I started to feel like I could have an identity. I still can’t believe what WUSC has done for me. I…

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John Maduk

Most of my formative years were spent in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. After completing high school with the financial support of Jesuit Refugee Services, I thought that I had reached the end of the road in furthering my studies and satisfying my thirst for knowledge. However, this dreary thought was soon replaced with a…

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Aref Sayegh

It is almost impossible for someone to feel reborn, no matter how strongly they want to. Still, sometimes we must start over and push forward in order to achieve what we have always dreamed of. For me, I was reborn when I arrived in Canada, after WUSC gave me a chance to continue my education…

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Ammar Moussa

Since my arrival in Canada, I have experienced many moments that made me realize just how lucky I am to have been given the opportunity to call Canada home. I was reborn when I came to Halifax, Nova Scotia. I felt I was at home from the very first step I took in this country.…

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Ahmad Aljendi

I fled Syria and arrived in Lebanon with no goals, no hope, and no future, thinking only of survival. I lived in unsuitable living conditions in Lebanon, like many young Syrians. However, I didn’t give up and applied to WUSC. They made my dream of continuing education come true. WUSC has not only saved my…

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Mo Maalim

Being born and bred in a city that prides itself as the world’s most dangerous place (Mogadishu, Somalia) and later becoming a refugee, I never imagined having a sense of identity, peace, freedom, an education, or hope for the future. Canada provided me with all of this: a peaceful place to call home, freedom to…

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Deaa Sham

After fleeing Syria to Lebanon, and working without hope or destination, I was accepted to the WUSC Student Refugee Program. This was a life-changing moment and a real turning point in all aspects of my life. When I arrived in Canada, my first impression was that it was as great, advanced, and free of a…

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Charlotte Bapima

The moment I stepped on Canadian soil I felt I belonged, but even more so on my graduation day, upon receiving my citizenship, and upon casting my first vote in the Canadian federal election. Now that I have a family of my own, I feel completely Canadian, proud and free.

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Abdinassir Sagar

It was April 16, 2009 when I first got a letter from Canada that began with, “Greetings from Ottawa!” The letter went on to inform me that I had been offered sponsorship through WUSC at MacEwan University in Edmonton. This letter gave me hope and assurance that my future was bright. I received a second…

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Aya Zawit

As I was trying to think of the moment when I felt a sense of belonging in Canada, I found it unfair to specify just one. Canada makes me feel like I belong every day. I feel much gratitude to be in such a great country: The helping hands I receive. The smiling faces I…

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