WUSC Celebrates 2021 Fall Arrivals

Every year in August and September, members from the WUSC community across the country prepare to welcome a new cohort of refugee youth to Canada. Through our various sponsorship programs, these youth are given the opportunity to continue their studies at Canadian universities, colleges, and CEGEPs, and now expanded to Canadian workplaces.  In total, WUSC…

How Jacob Pursued his Dreams Through the WUSC Student Refugee Program

Jacob has always been passionate about his studies. While growing up in a refugee camp in Uganda, he devoted a lot of time to studying to achieve his dream: to win a scholarship to study aerospace engineering at a university. He did well on the final exams to get his high school diploma, with an…

Reflections from the DREEM Youth Advisory Committee: Being a Refugee Does Not Stop Someone to Think or to Work

Like many people I had a dream, and my dream was to become a successful diplomat. Thus, it was decided at my young age that I would study International Relations and Diplomacy in  university. I was extremely dedicated to my studies and spent eight hours a day at school without eating. Regrettably, after only one…

Reflections from the DREEM Youth Advisory Committee: The Exclusion of Refugees in the Job Market and Economic Sectors Harms their Health

Hello, my name is Christine Achot Dior. I am a South Sudanese urban refugee living in Nairobi, Kenya. Before moving to Nairobi, I  previously lived in Kakuma Refugee Camp for a good number of years.  I have worked voluntarily for the refugees both at the The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the…
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Reflections from the DREEM Youth Advisory Committee: Our Challenges Need a Solution

My name is Racheal Athiak Makuei, and I am a law graduate and an alumnus of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. I am a refugee youth living at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County, in Kenya. I was born and raised in Kakuma and completed both my primary and secondary education in the camp.…

Reflections from the DREEM Youth Advisory Committee: It’s Now Our Time

When you wake up every day from a good night’s sleep in that cozy bed, have a decent job and pizza is not just a diagram in your head but a regular meal, this is what we would generally perceive as a decent life. In the midst of the imagination of everyone’s efforts to make…

Introducing DREEM

The Displaced and Refugee youth Enabling Environment Mechanism project – or DREEM – is an exciting partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and WUSC in East Africa that is working to facilitate an enabling environment for the inclusion of refugee and displaced youth, especially young women, to fully participate in society. Through building more inclusive institutions…
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Press Release: Three Refugee Olympic athletes bound for Canada to pursue their postsecondary education after Tokyo Games

Three athletes from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Refugee Olympic Team, Rose Nathike Likonyen, Paulo Amotun Lokoro and James Nyang Chiengjiek have been offered admission to Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario for the 2021-2022 academic year through a new complementary pathway of WUSC’s long-standing Student Refugee Program.
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The Student Refugee Program celebrates the class of 2021

Unusual, challenging, and isolating are all words that can be used to describe the 2020-2021 academic school year. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the lives of people around the world, particularly students. Universities, colleges, and CEGEPs across Canada and around the world have shifted to online learning. Resilience is another word that comes to…
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Four Takeaways from the 2020 UNHCR Global Trends Report

Four Takeaways from the 2020 UNHCR Global Trends Report  Just in time for World Refugee Day on June 20, UNHCR released their annual Global Trends in Forced Displacement Report. The report highlights trends and changes in forced displacement in 2020 and explores the impact of forced displacement on people around the world. It also calls…

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