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LEARN ABOUT THE SIDRA PROJECT AND HOW TO TAKE PART IN THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE.

The Sidra Project is a unique collaboration between the United Nations and Artscape that is designed to sustain interest and support for refugees to ensure their successful resettlement in Canada. COSTI is proud to be a partner.

Take part in an immersive experience by viewing the short film Clouds Over Sidra using virtual reality technology. The Sidra Project partners invite you to engage in dialogue about the global refugee crisis and take concrete actions to make a difference.

Clouds Over Sidra, by United Nations Creative Director Gao Arora, tells the story of life inside a refugee camp in Jordan through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl named Sidra, placing viewers within the center of the camp through a 360-degree experience.

Over 500 screenings of Clouds Over Sidra will be held for more than 10,000 participants in public venues, boardrooms, classrooms and private residences. To view the public screening schedule for the next few days, click here.

You can help advance refugee resettlement efforts in Canada by taking action today. Click here to learn more about what you can do to help.

You can also lend a helping by volunteering at COSTI and helping refugee families get settled and welcome them to Ontario and the greater Toronto area. Download a Volunteer Form here and send it to helpinghand@costi.org. If you are interested in donating books, clothing, food, or household items, click here for a list of organizations accepting donations within the greater Toronto area.

MAKE A DONATION TO COSTI'S REFUGEE CHILDREN'S ART THERAPY PROGRAM

Since February 2016, over 200 Syrian newcomer children were provided with a lifeline and the opportunity to work through their pain and fears. Many experienced the atrocities of war and subjected to acts of horrors most cannot even imagine. They were faced with tragic loss – of home and community, of family and friends, and of support and protection.

COSTI's Art Therapy Program is about helping all refugee children recover from their trauma by helping them get in touch with and overcome their fears through the objective language of their art. It combines the languages of art with psychotherapy. Your donation will help us continue our work with refugee children.

To make a financial contribution, or read more about COSTI’s Art Therapy Program for Refugee Children, click here.