Mus­lim Food Bank suc­cess sto­ries

The Miracle - - Women -

Syr­ian Fam­ily Learns their Way Around theirhi N New H Home­town i in Bii Bri­tishh C Columbia Zain Nadir, his wife and four kids im­mi­grated to Canada in Jan­uary, 2017. The Nadirs area­mong hun­dreds of thou­sands of Syr­ian refugees that had to flee the civil war in their coun­try and take tem­po­rary shel­ter in neigh­bor­ing Jor­dan. They didn’t live in a refugee camp but their liv­ing con­di­tion was barely any bet­ter. Thanks to the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment, the Nadirs were flown into Van­cou­ver and as­signed per­ma­nent res­i­dent sta­tus. With no friends or fam­ily around, Zain and his wife re­ally felt alone in the first few weeks of be­ing here. When the Mus­lim Food Bank case­worker Ka­reem Sid­diqui took up the Nadirs’ case, the first thing he did was take them to the lo­cal mosque so they could get ac­quainted with fel­low Ara­bic-speak­ing men and women. “The big­gest trauma this fam­ily has suf­fered i is sep­a­ra­tioni f from their hil lovedd ones,” ”K Ka­reem as­serts. Ka­reem knew Zain not be­ing flu­ent in English would not be able to find a job so quickly af­ter mov­ing to Canada so he found him a pre­oc­cu­pa­tion. He took Zain and his en­tire fam­ily to the Sur­rey Re­cre­ation Cen­tre and helped them reg­is­ter for ac­cess to the gym and the swim­ming pool. As part of the spon­sor­ship pro­gram, the Nadirs were as­signed a fixed monthly in­come. Ka­reem met with Zain and his wife and broke down their ex­penses by needs and wants. He then wrote down a monthly bud­get to help them man­age their money. Ka­reem is not shy about set­ting bound­aries with his new clients on what he is will­ing to help them with. “Within the first meet­ing it­self, I let my clients know that I am here to show them how to do things on their own,” Ka­reem says. He has never had an is­sue with Zain in this re­gard though.

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