“We wanted to help the people that had to move out their hometowns because they were getting hurt and weren’t safe.”
That from a group of Vancouver Girl Guides, who have donated dozens of homemade teddy bears for refugee children arriving in Canada.
They began making the knitted teddy bears last year, with some help from their leaders.
Mario Ayala, Director of the Inland Refugee Society, says refugee children fleeing from war can feel forgotten.
“…This really is a good welcoming by Canadian girls to these newcomers that have suffered a lot.”
Minister McCallum visits refugees in Jordan over weekend
Canada’s immigration and refugee minister was in Jordan over the weekend, where he visited a refugee camp in Amman, as well as the Canadian Operations Centre.
While there he met with prospective Syrian refugees for resettlement, and also had lunch with refugee families who will be arriving in Canada for settlement this week.
Since the conflict began in Syria in 2011, Jordan has taken in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.
Earlier this month, McCallum said he intends to double the intake of Syrian refugees to 50,000 by the end of 2016.
1,400 refugees have arrived in Canada since November 4th, and more than 18,000 have resettlement applications in process.