In his early twenties, Dousso was studying Math and Physics at the University of Lomé in Togo, Africa when the political winds shifted. When Dousso and his wife began to fear for their safety, they had no choice but to flee their home. Thankfully, they discovered they could enter Canada as refugees.
Once safely established in Montreal, life picked up where it left off for this brave couple. Dousso achieved an undergraduate degree at McGill University and went on to earn a Master’s. And his family grew to include two beautiful sons!
But then a terrible tragedy struck. Without any warning, his wife passed away.
Dousso remembers looking at his boys with a heavy heart, wondering how he would juggle working and raising them all on his own. With great reluctance, Dousso moved back to Togo so he had the support of his family.
Years passed. As his sons turned into confident and capable young men, Dousso knew they should return to Canada. The boys would have more opportunities if they could study and live in the country where they were born.
With a little money in the bank, Dousso and his boys boarded on a flight to Montreal in February of 2022. But Montreal had changed since he lived there nearly 20 years ago. With limited funds he couldn’t afford an apartment.
After no luck finding accommodations, they found themselves at the front doors of the Macaulay Pavilion, desperate, tired, and in need of hope.
Thanks to donors like you, our staff welcomed them in for a meal, a place to sleep, and a shower. Dossou was overwhelmed with gratitude. “The staff immediately made me and my sons feel welcome, were warm, non-judgmental and assured me that they were going to be able to help us,” he said.
Within 24 hours, the team not only found an apartment, they also enrolled them in Programme Bienvenue. Your generosity provided help with rent, food, access to the Marché and even transport passes!
Today, we’re happy to report that Dousso’s family has moved to Sherbrooke, Québec where his sons will attend university this coming fall.
Thank you for providing hope to people on their darkest days. Your support truly has the power to change everything for someone in their time of need!