What’s Happening Now

In September, Martharlen arrived in Canada, as a refugee from Cote d’Ivoire, with a small suitcase and a $2,500 debt to the Canadian government.

Since she arrived, Martharlen has been settling in to her new life in Ottawa, going to school, singing in a choir, making some new friends, and learning to navigate winter.

We are looking for 100 friends to donate $25 – or 25 friends to give $100 – to help her zero that debt.


The travel debt was, unfortunately, a surprise for our sponsorship group, the Poplar Project. We raised an incredible $15,000 for Martharlen’s first year in Canada – but that won’t cover the debt.

Could you help? Donating can be done online or by post, and you will receive an official tax receipt from Jewish Family Services. Check your payment options here.

Thank you for continuing to be an integral part of this beautiful community.