The Doc Project

The drop: 17 Canadians come together to sponsor a Syrian refugee family

For Syrian refugees the journey to Canada is long and harrowing. This is the story of one group of Canadians offering what they can to help a Syrian family start their lives anew.
Members of The Ripple Refugee Project - a group of private citizens working to bring a Syrian family to Canada. (The Ripple Refugee Project)

For Syrian refugees the journey to Canada is long and harrowing.

And with a new life comes many new experiences. But for one family on their way to Canada, their first stop in Toronto will be a familiar place. A dinner table to share a meal. It's the same table where a group of friends and colleagues come together to talk about sponsoring this refugee family.

On this episode of The Doc Project hear Piya Chattopadhyay's documentary, The Drop. It's the story of one group of Canadians offering what they can to help a Syrian family start their lives anew. Host Casey Mecija talks to Piya about her own memories of Syria, and her personal relationship with this story.

After fleeing Syria for Lebanon, a family of 8 asylum-seekers will finally leave for Canada next week. CBC's Rebecca Collard has their story 2:09
Anas Abdullah, left, is greeted at Pearson Airport in Toronto. (The Ripple Refugee Project)

From The Ripple Refugee Project Blog

 

About the producer

Host of The Doc Project, Casey Mecija, left, and producer of The Drop, Piya Chattopadhyay in studio. (CBC)
Piya Chattopadhyay is a familiar voice on CBC Radio. She's been described as a "swiss army knife" for her versatility in filling in as host of a number of flag-ship shows, including The Current, q, The World at Six and Toronto's morning show, Metro Morning

Additionally, she spent more than a decade in the field as a news reporter here in Canada, and was often on the road, reporting from abroad on numerous assignments for CBC. She has reported from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, the U.K. and France, to name but a few. She also worked as a freelancer in the Middle East, for the CBC as well as PRI and BBC.