Kitchener-Waterloo

How Waterloo Region residents can help Syrian refugees

Here are local and national agencies that are offering support in Syria and to Syrian refugees in Waterloo Region.
The Syrian civil war has claimed more than 200,000 lives over the past four years. Thousands are fleeing the country in hope of a better future elsewhere. (Getty Images)

The deaths of two young Syrian boys and their mother in Turkey have refocused worldwide attention on the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Alan Kurdi, 3, his brother Galib, 5, and mother, Reham drowned after their rowboat capsized while they were trying to reach a Greek island from Turkey. 

The deaths of Alan and Galib have also increased pressure on the Canadian government after it was revealed the family was trying to get to Canada, and shifted the focus of the federal election campaign. 

For local residents moved by the tragic photos of Aylan Kurdi and his brother Gulip, there are several options to lend your support to refugees coming to Canada. 

Here are several local agencies that provide support and shelter for refugees arriving in the region. 

Welcome Home Refugee Housing Community

Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support

Reception House

​YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo 

Other agencies helping refugees around the world

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