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I’ve always been enormously sympathetic to the hardships faced by refugees from various parts of the globe. And so, when the 2017 ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people began, I felt compelled to do something about it.
The main goal of my project and petition is to convince the federal government to make a commitment to allow Rohingya refugees into Canada. The plight of these stateless people won’t end there, of course, which is why I feel so fortunate to be associated with a passionate, inclusive and engaged institution like Innis College, which has taken its own concrete steps to support refugees.
Thanks to generous donors like you, through the Innis College Refugee Student Fund and other programs, refugee students will have an opportunity to receive a world-class education at the University of Toronto—rebuilding their lives and building a better tomorrow for themselves and their communities.
Thank you in advance for your support and for helping make a difference for brave and compassionate refugees.
Pitasanna (Pita) Shanmugathas
(HBA INNIS 2018, Criminology & Sociological Studies, Political Science)