A refugee family will be welcomed into the Bass Coast Shire later this month thanks to the incredible efforts of a local community group that’s part of the Community Refugee Sponsorship Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP).
Sylvia Davey is the Group Coordinator of the Bass Coast Refugee Sponsorship Group who have been matched with a Syrian refugee family who have been living in Iraq as refugees for some years. Sylvia’s group has already been in touch with the family which includes a husband, wife and four children under the age of eight.
“They’ve said their priority for the future is to be safe and provide an education for their children, as none of them have gone to school yet as it hasn’t been available to them. It’s an exciting thing to be apart of, we’re arranging to pick them up at the airport and we’re finding the community is so supportive.”
Hear about what it takes to sponsor a refugee family, and get involved by attending a Public Information Session.
This article by Nick Sinis was originally published on Friday, August 12th, 2022 on Sentinel-Times online.