It is nine months since the first Syrian family arrived to a new life in Cardigan. Fleeing war in Syria they had spent three years among the millions of refugees in Lebanon. Muhanad says ”Then we could not imagine any future for our children, now they have a future again. We are very happy and we say thank you to everyone.”
The children have many friends in school and around their home. They speak better Welsh than English so they and their friends play in Welsh together. Their father has done work experience with a variety of businesses: a restaurant, cafe, with a carpenter, growing organic vegetables and in a charity shop. Now he has applied to college so that he can improve his practical skills to get a full time job.
Karwan spent a year in Cardigan volunteering for two charities as a translator and attending Coleg Ceredigion where he received a special award for outstanding personal achievement. He came to help us as soon as he got refugee status after fleeing Iraq and a depressing year in a UK dispersal house. Coleg Ceredigion helped him get into Cardiff University to study his chosen branch of engineering to continue his career back in Iraq, which was his dream. Croeso Teifi, the sponsoring charity gave him a set of barber equipment. He is now working full time as a barber and saving for university.
The fact that the family and Karwen have had such a successful integration is down to the incredible understanding and warmth of people, businesses and institutions in the town. The volunteers of Croeso Teifi deliver and manage the work as a tireless and dedicated team. We also liaise with the Authorities, sit on the public partnership with the statutory bodies and liaise with the Home Office.
A new team are now planning to sponsor a second family. Anyone living in Cardigan who wishes to help should get in touch. It will take some months as there are practical preparations and permissions to get.
Other towns or villages wishing to form a group to sponsor should get in touch. We can offer a lot of help and guidance.
Croeso Teifi will have a stand at Cardigan Agricultural Show which is on Saturday 4th August. And you will find us at Cardigan Carnival on Saturday August 11th.
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