Woman benefits from Canadian Red Cross assistance

Topics: Nova Scotia, Migrant and Refugee Services
May 03, 2013

Woman benefits from Canadian Red Cross assistance

As one of the most active charity organizations, the Canadian Red Cross works to improve the quality of life for migrant and refugee claimants when they enter the country.

For one woman who fled from her native country of Kosovo, the Canadian Red Cross' assistance provided relief and resources when she needed them most.

Canada and Kosovar refugees
On April 30, 1999, the Government of Canada welcomed 5,000 Kosovar refugees arriving from refugee camps in Macedonia. Once in Canada, they were given shelter at various Canadian Forces Bases in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.

Through what was referred to as Operation Parasol, the Canadian Red Cross, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provided assistance to refugees by supplying them with clothing, hygiene products and other essential items.

Arta's story
Arta Rexhepi arrived in Canada almost 14 years ago with her family, and was among the 5,000 refugees seeking safety from the conflict that had broken out in Kosovo at the time.

Arta attended a recent event hosted by the Canadian Red Cross office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where she and her family first made contact with the Canadian Red Cross. She met with staff member Ismael Aquino and shared her memories from that time.

Specifically, she fondly remembers receiving a stuffed bear, many of which were given to Kosovar refugees who had lost their material possessions. She also recalled playing games with Red Cross volunteers and receiving treats in a paper bag.

"I want to say a big thank you to all Red Cross volunteers who took time out of their daily life to bring a little cheer into ours," says Arta.

Show your support
The Canadian Red Cross offers a range of migrant and refugee services that can help people in need overcome challenges, including resources designed to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters.

With the support of Canadians like you, the Canadian Red Cross can continue to provide assistance to vulnerable people here in Canada and around the world.

To show your support for this humanitarian work, please donate online or at your local Canadian Red Cross office today. Each contribution benefits those who have been affected by hardship.