Through community sponsorship, refugees who are fleeing conflict and persecution are brought to a safe and secure country like Ireland, where they are fully supported by the local community.
Failte Cahersiveen Refugee Community Sponsorship is set up under the 'Community Sponsorship Ireland' programme, itself an initiative of the Department of Justice and Equality. Fáilte Cahersiveen is a working group supported by the Cahersiveen Community & Business Alliance. The group aims to celebrate and enhance cultural diversity in the town by welcoming a refugee families who is seeking safety to join us so that we can grow and prosper together in South Kerry. Giving Céad Míle Fáilte to our new friends
NASC is our Regional Support Organisation. It provides guidance, training and supports to our group.
Our main goal is to welcome, resettle and support one family at a time seeking refuge from war and enable them to build a new life here in Cahersiveen. To do this, we must raise a minimum of €10,000 per family. This sum is determined by the Department of Justice and Equality. Our hope and aim is to resettle 10 families over the next 5 years or as soon as we hit our fundraising targets. We are a voluntary group so all funds raised will go towards meeting the needs of the family and achieving our goal. The money raised will be used to secure housing and cover other essential costs of resettlement.
The families have travelled varying journeys from different regions of the world such as from war-torn Syria. They will be moving into rented houses in the areas, the majority of families have a number of children who will be attending schools locally. We will be adaptable to the family’s needs at all times but will focus initially on the following specific actions to support the family in their new life here:
Fundraising (minimum of €10,000) to support our goal
Identifying accommodation for the family
Co-ordinating access to the State’s Social Protection services
Co-ordinating access to Health Services
Co-ordinating access to the Education System for children and other training e.g. English Language
Providing any practical and logistical support to the family
Navigating cross-cultural adaptation challenges throughout the integration journey
Assisting in any other way to welcome the family to our community