Help a queer refugee couple come to Canada
Our fundraising goal
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Imagine being forced to hide your relationship. Imagine the consequences of being found out: imprisonment, corporal punishment, or even execution. This is the reality for many queer folks worldwide. More than a third of all countries treat same-sex relationships as a criminal offense, and about 1 in 20 maintain the death penalty.
But communities are fighting for change. And you can join the community effort to support one queer refugee couple’s journey to safety. The two have fled life-threatening danger in their country of origin and are temporarily living in another country where they face severe discrimination. Their next step is to resettle in a country where their rights as a same-sex couple are backed by law.
They can’t do it alone. That’s why we — a small group of volunteers from Vancouver — have sought support from Rainbow Refugee to help the couple build a new life in Canada. Our goal is to raise $35,000 to submit the sponsorship application to the Canadian government and cover the couple's basic needs during their first year in Metro Vancouver, like accommodation, food, and transit.
We need your help to make it happen. Every gift makes a concrete difference in two lives: $1,500 covers a month's rent; $900 buys groceries for two months; $500 provides internet for half a year; $300 covers utilities for one winter season; and $150 covers two cell phone plans for a month. You can support Bani Adam here. Any donation of $25 or more is eligible for a Canadian charitable tax receipt through Rainbow Refugee.
If you don’t have cash to spare, you can still make a huge difference by sharing our GoFund Me campaign. You help the couple move closer to safety with every donation, every social media share, and every personal email or conversation.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for joining this community effort!
UPDATE November 22, 2021: We did it! Thanks to generous donations from people like you, we not only met but exceeded our fundraising goal.
We're also thrilled to announce that the couple's visa application for Canada was successful! They eagerly await their flight arrangements so they can begin the next chapter of their lives in beautiful Vancouver.
It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks.
— DINA NAYERI,
IRANIAN NOVELIST & REFUGEE
Your support makes a real difference!
In 2019, the average rent for a 1BR apartment in Metro Vancouver was $1,300 - $1,700.* Your gift will provide safe housing for the couple.
*CMHC Rental Market Survey
Vancouver is an expensive city. Groceries, transit, internet...it all adds up! Your donation will help cover the necessities.
Life happens! Your support will help relieve the stress of an unexpected trip to the dentist, doctor, cover prescriptions etc.
What's in a name?
Bani Adam (meaning "Children of Adam") is a 13th-century Persian poem by famous Iranian poet Saadi Shirazi. Its unifying message of equality really resonated with us! It is, in essence, a poem about humanity, empathy, and our duty to help our fellow humans.