UBC Okanagan students arrange free tuition for two refugees from Syria
By Adam Proskiw
December 03, 2015 - 6:30 PM
KELOWNA – The UBC Okanagan Student Union are finalizing a deal with the administration to provide free education for two young refugees who came to Kelowna from Syria.
Student Union vice president of finance Ryan Kaila says the deal is still being finalized with administration, but he hopes to see it happen soon.
"We met with a former refugee family in Kelowna this past weekend and had the opportunity to eat with them" Kaila says. "Hearing their stories and seeing the pain in their eyes was truly heartbreaking. We surprised this refugee family with our commitment to sponsor two refugee students to take part in our UBCO education."
World Univeristy Service of Canada will choose which two students receive the scholarship.
Meanwhile, the campus Muslim Students Association is also organizing a Syria Relief Drive to send badly needed medical supplies to camps in affected areas. They ask that anyone who would like to contribute either supplies or money stop by the UBCO Student Union office.
Born Free and Equal
As the year is approaching its end the UBCSUO has some very exciting news for you. We met with a former refugee family in Kelowna this past weekend and had the opportunity to eat with them. Hearing their stories and seeing the pain in their eyes was truly heartbreaking. The refugee family wanted us to showcase how hard they work and how much they love Canada. We surprised this refugee family with our commitment to sponsoring two refugee students to take part in our UBCO education. We are currently working on finalizing the deal with UBCO administration. They were so excited to hear about our initiative and even gave us permission to interview them on film.Please watch the following video so we can showcase these refugees on being kind, caring, and loving people. Being human has never been about doing the easiest things, it’s about doing the right thing.Due to the dire situation in Syria and the middle east, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at UBCO has undertaken its Syria Relief Drive. The MSA at UBCO aims to collect medical supplies which will be transported to medical camps near the affected areas. Please drop off any medical supplies at the UBCSUO office.
Posted by UBCSUO on Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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— This story was corrected Dec. 3, 2015 at 7:50 p.m. to clarify that the two students have not yet been chosen.
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