We are diverse team of students and staff at UBC, fundraising for and supporting refugees wanting to come to Canada through the private sponsorship process.

Upcoming Fundraising Events :

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Past Fundraising Events :

Sounds for Syria – February 1, 2016

Falafel Sale – March 1, 2016

Belly Dancing Class – March 9, 2016

Film Screening of The Amina Profile – March 10, 2016

Intro to Arabic – March 11, 2016

Fundraising Gala – April 11, 2016

Letter Writing for Refugees – November & December 2016 

Sounds for Syria – February 7, 2017

Falafel Sale – February 15, 2017

Travelled Stories: A Dialogue with Refugees & their Allies – March 16, 2017

House Concert Refugee Relief – March 24, 2017

Snowshoeing for Syria – March 25, 2017

Welcome Humanity Film Screening – March 30, 2017

Hungry 4 Change : Fundraising Gala – April 1, 2017



People helping people !

Five years ago, civil unrest of the Arab Spring in Syria descended into civil war. Since March 2011, conflict has devastated the lives and livelihoods of Syrian civilians, and catalysed the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

Amongst the statistics, articles and political debates, it can be easy to feel powerless in the face of displacement and suffering. What can be done?  How can students at UBC help people on the other side of the world?

UBC Refugee Relief is a diverse group of committed students who want to address this question. The group was founded in October 2015 when a small group of students began to meet and discuss ideas for a student movement that would unite people across campus to provide long-term solutions to Syrians in need. Months later, more than fifty students across disciplines and faculties are actively involved with our initiative. We work as a group of leaders, cherishing the value of collaborative teamwork and inviting anyone to join us along the way.

Soon after our group was founded, we decided to focus our fundraising efforts on the private sponsorship of a Syrian family looking to resettle in Canada. The family in question was brought to our attention by a UBC professor who lodged and worked with them on academic trips to Syria. The family members include three bothers, one sister, their spouses, and a three year old little girl. The family is currently living in a canvas shack in the suburbs of Beirut, but are now in the process of making their way to Canada!

This year we are supporting a group of young people in their 20s who are originally from Aleppo. Since the conflict broke out, they have been able to find temporary safety in Turkey, where they are working with international organizations to help ensure access to education for students still in Syria. Though they have lived in Turkey for the past couple years, there is not much of a future for them there. Currently Turkey is hosting over 2 million Syrians (more than any other nation), and there are very few job opportunities for them, and there is concern over future legal protections and rumors of forced camps. Many are living in increasingly demoralizing and squalid conditions, which is why families have been risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean from Turkey. 3,800 refugees and migrants have died in the Mediterranean so far in 2016.

This year we are supporting the family of 8 we fundraised for last year, as they settle into their new home. We are also fundraising for this new group of young people.

We are all feeling optimistic. People are aware, do care, and are willing to help.

If you would like to get involved with the organizing team, we warmly welcome new members from all backgrounds. What is unique about our group is that there is no single leader – we invite everyone to lead and take part according to their passions and availabilities. You can contact us via e-mail at ubcrefugeerelief@gmail.com. We look forward to joining with you as we seek to help our Syrian brothers and sisters.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meed

Get Involved

If you are interested in joining a student-led effort to help with the Syrian refugee crisis, we would love to hear from you.

We are currently organizing fundraisers during this academic year, to raise money to help support the private sponsorship of a group of young Syrians. We are also supporting a refugee family we fundraised for last year through the settlement period as they now arrive in Canada.

Email us at ubcrefugeerelief@gmail.com


Your donation will go directly towards supporting a wonderful group of young Syrian refugees. Originally from Aleppo, all of them are in their 20s have been working with international organizations to help ensure access to education for students still in Syria. We are hoping to find them a permanent home here in Canada through the private sponsorship process. Your donation will help pay for rent, food, transportation, clothing, and other day-to-day expenses during their first year in Canada.

Any amount is greatly appreciated!

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