Port Alberni Refugee Sponsorship Committee BVOR Group
July 10, 2016
The family is settled in their new home and are comfortable using the city buses. Hussein and Mohamad love their bicycles. Everyone is working to improve their English. The Canada Day parade was a highlight.
On Saturday, the Hospitality Inn and its manager, Hameed Khan, very kindly provided a Welcome Dinner for the family and PARSC BVOR committee members. It was a warm and comfortable event. Hameed was a generous host sharing the delicious meal and telling stories about his family and also taking the family on a tour of the hotel. Dr. Umran translated messages of welcome and support. Hussein is eager to take a swim in the pool at the Hospitality Inn.
The flu has visited the family. So far, Mom and two kids have had it but Dad and the baby have escaped. The 4-year old's finger is healing well and she is using her right hand comfortably. Dental appointments continue.
Unfortunately the family received news that Mohamed's father suffered a fatal heart attack. They had not seen him for 2 1/2 years. It is very difficult to be so far away from family at this sad time. The church is providing support for the family.
The family is looking forward to Parks and Recreation programs including Our Town and children's programs in the parks.
They have been warmly welcomed everywhere they go in the Alberni Valley. __________________________
June 20, 2016
The family continues to settle in the Alberni Valley. With the help of Bill Collette from the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kevin and Natalie Smith, managers of Canadian Tire, delivered 2 adult bikes to the family.
Dad is attending English classes at Literacy Alberni. Several retired teachers are helping the family to improve their English, working with the family at their kitchen table. The 3-year old likes to sing "One Two buckle My Shoe."
Last week the family completed initial medical assessments and dental work continues. Unfortunately, the 3-year old girl broke her finger in an accident. With the work of Dr. Longman and Dr. Umran, her finger is secured and expected to heal well.
The 9-year old went to Rathtrevor Beach with his class. He has a great bike that was donated by the Hodgson family.
The baby is cheerful and walking well.
Rob Ramsay helped the family plant tomatoes in the back yard.
The family is greeted and welcomed everywhere they go in the Alberni Valley. We live in a wonderful community. __________________________
Photo of Mount Arrowsmith courtesy of Ron Brandner