Help Victoria find a new life in Canada

Help Victoria find a new life in Canada

From Marin Martin

My best friend, Victoria, has fled the Bahamas due to hurricane Dorian. She now lives with me and I am raising funds to help her through the immigration process and help support her for the next few months.

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4 days ago

Update #2!

After 3 weeks of phone calls and voicemails, Victoria's interview with border patrol was FINALLY moved from Toronto to Vancouver! We were able to get cheap roundtrip flights for $341 total -- not too bad! However, we still need to consider accommodation and food.

I'm currently on medical leave until the end of the year and will be on short-term disability, but I don't know when I will receive payments so for now, I'm managing what's left from my last paycheque and it's getting smaller every day.

So please, if you can support in any way whether it's donating or sharing, we would both be grateful.

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Victoria just turned 22 when the hurricane hit. The stories she has told me of the chaos she witnessed -- the death, the destruction, and the trauma -- are almost too terrible to share.  She made the difficult decision to leave her parents and friends behind to save herself and hopefully, create a better life.

We have been best friends for 5 years. We were a couple of nerdy kids who found friendship in fandom and have been best friends since. If it weren't for the distance, we'd be inseparable! So, when she was contacting me during the storm and told me, "Marin, I need to leave. I can't stay here any longer." I knew I had to help. 

With her own savings, she bought the cheapest flight out of Nassau, the capital city, and made her way to Toronto. Now that she's safe, her next obstacle is learning to survive Alberta's harsh winter, settle as a refugee in Canada, and start building her new life here.

I am just one person. No other dependants except for my dog, so while I do make enough money to help support her with day-to-day things, having to find funds for immigration fees, potential travel (the border patrol office wants her to return to Toronto for her immigration hearing and we all know how expensive those flights are!!), and other unforeseen expenses is going to take a toll on my funds. 

YOUR donations will go towards all the expenses listed above as well as buying winter clothing, bedroom furniture (we share a basement suite and she is sleeping on an air mattress), health expenses, and then a savings account for future needs.

Please, if you have anything to give, your donations will be greatly appreciated. Help Victoria settle her new life here in Alberta, Canada!

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Marin Martin posted a new update:
4 days ago

Update #2

Update #2!

After 3 weeks of phone calls and voicemails, Victoria's interview with border patrol was FINALLY moved from Toronto to Vancouver! We were able to get cheap roundtrip flights for $341 total -- not too bad! However, we still need to consider accommodation and food.

I'm currently on medical leave until the end of the year and will be on short-term disability, but I don't know when I will receive payments so for now, I'm managing what's left from my last paycheque and it's getting smaller every day.

So please, if you can support in any way whether it's donating or sharing, we would both be grateful.

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Marin Martin posted a new update:
14 days ago

Update #1

She has winter clothes!!

My friend Tiffany took Victoria shopping for some much-needed winter clothing and we were able to scrounge up a nice winter coat at valu village for under $10! Now, I believe Victoria will be set for the winter. Another friend, Jon, also helped provide Victoria with the air mattress and a cozy space heater that she has been using diligently since the weather has dropped below zero overnight.

Big thanks to those two for their generosity! But we still have quite a few hurdles to accomplish. For the past 3 weeks now, I have been trying to move Victoria's initial interview to Vancouver, but everyone I have called (including the IRB, IRCC, and the immigration office here in Edmonton), all tell me they can't do anything. As of now, I'm waiting for a call from the superintendent of Terminal 3 at the Toronto Airport and unfortunately, prices for flights have jumped to $433/person.

Victoria still needs a lot of funds to help and now, I will be on short-term disability for the next few months, meaning I won't be making as much money as before.

Please keep spreading the word and encouraging your friends and family to help if they can. Thank you, everyone!

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