It is hard to believe that it has been one year since the day the Ngelelo family arrived in Canada. So much love, planning and anticipation went into preparing for that moment. Thank you to everyone who helped make this sponsorship possible.
A year later, it is fair to say that the 12 months have been rich with inspiring, challenging, humbling and many many rewarding experiences. We have shared endless wonderful adventures, learnings and have forged deep friendships that will last for year to come.
The children are loving school, growing their language skills and playing sports. One is playing competitive soccer and is loving it! Mom and Dad are quickly moving through several levels of English at school and continue to enjoy their studies as stepping stones to their long term financial and employment goals. With monthly government and sponsorship funding completed, no doubt that the year ahead will be full of new challenges as they try to find ways to support their family of seven. However, they are all very hard working, motivated, resourceful and keen to build a happy and successful life here in Calgary for themselves so their future looks bright! We hope that the community will continue to get to know and support them. Our Refuge4All Group will be sure to keep you posted about ways to continue contributing and offering support to their on-going settlement journey, should you be moved to do so. And to those who have shared this journey with us this year, THANK YOU for all that you have already offered. It has made a life-changing difference for this beautiful family.
This morning the family took the bus to swimming lessons and enjoyed some good ol' sunny Canadian winter weather to celebrate the day!
(We have postponed hosting a one year anniversary party this weekend because our Refuge4All Sponsor Group is awaiting the birth of a baby (due today actually!) .... stay tuned for more exciting news shortly- about baby and about a time to gather in the months ahead to celebrate this memorable year with the family, friends, sponsors, volunteers, donors and community members)