Journey

Journey is a group of people from Elevation who are interested and engaged in walking with refugees—sometimes literally and sometimes figuratively. We build relationships with people who have been forced to leave their country and have either come to Canada or are hoping to find a new home here.

There are an estimated 19.5 million refugees in the world. A refugee is very different from an immigrant in that immigrants move by choice while refugees are forced to flee their homes and countries due to well-founded fear of persecution.

Recognizing that in the wrong circumstances any of us could be refugees, our approach is one of walking alongside refugees on their journey to finding a safe home. We’ve walked with refugees from Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq, Bangladesh, and Rohingya people from Myanmar.

For more information about journeying with refugees, please contact Courtney at: journey@elevationwaterloo.org.

  • A group of refugees are walking from the Hungarian train station towards and into Austria. UNHCR / B. SOKOL

    A group of refugees are walking from the Hungarian train station towards and into Austria.
    UNHCR / B. SOKOL

  • Angolan refugees journey back to their homeland by train from Kinshasa. UNHCR / B. SOKOL

    Angolan refugees journey back to their homeland by train from Kinshasa.
    UNHCR / B. SOKOL

  • Syrian refugees head towards their shelter in Za'atri refugee camp after a perilous night journey to Jordan. UNHCR / B. SOKOL

    Syrian refugees head towards their shelter in Za’atri refugee camp after a perilous night journey to Jordan.
    UNHCR / B. SOKOL

Updates!

2019 Scholarship Applications will soon be available!

This is our fourth year offering financial support to post-secondary students who have come to Canada as refugees. Did you know that only 3% of refugees (worldwide) are able to attend post-secondary schools compared to 37% of the rest of the global population?

In 2018 we provided support to 4 students in Kitchener-Waterloo. They studied towards degrees/diplomas in Mechanical Engineering, a PhD in Education, Payroll Administration, and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

There are four priorities in our journey with refugees:

Refugee Sponsorship Fund – Donate May 7, 2017. Increasing Refugee Awareness Journeying with Refugees: An Informative Training Day April 16th, 2016.