Young Girl Sponsors Syrian Refugee Family


photo courtesy of CBC

Lily Rajaee, Photojournalist

The Syrian Refugee crisis is still real very real and very current, despite what many may think. As millions of people are leaving their homeland in search of peace and safety, the rest of the world watches and merely hopes for a resolution to this chaos. But how can you really help the refugees? Instead of standing by and watching the poor families in their struggles towards freedom, you can help the movement by sponsoring a family and raising awareness for the cause.


This is exactly what eight year old Addie Tinholt did for her birthday. Addie’s parents were very aware of a real problem in today’s society; the young generation is simply oblivious to worldly issues and global crisis. Therefore, Addie’s parents did what all adults should do; they educated their little girl by explaining to her the Syrian crisis through videos and articles. As a result, Addie felt like it was her duty to make a difference and take a stance by supporting a refugee family through a sponsorship. Angela Chuang (11) commented, “I think it is really important to explain to the youth what is going on around the world. It is sad to think that may people do not even know what is going on over there.”


More specifically, Addie and her parents are hoping to raise thirty thousand dollars in order to be able to help a family with their financial sponsorship. Addie has also been campaigning around her hometown in Vancouver in order to make people stop and listen to what she has to say.


It is truly amazing how one person can make a difference make a positive impact on society. You, too, can make a difference by helping the Syrian Refugees. There are many organizations, such as Migrant Offshore Aid Station,  Refugees Welcome, and the Worldwide Tribe in Calais, which are working hard to provide a source of relief for these families in need. By helping these organizations or simply raising awareness for the crisis, you can help make a positive impact.