My name in Janvierre,

I was born and raised in Burundi.  I moved into Carty House, as a refugee, in 2017.  When I started living there, Carty House was just a house for me, but by the time I left, it was my home.

For people like me, who have been forcibly displaced, uprooted from their motherlands, leaving behind loved ones, family, and friends…a place like Carty House is a place you cannot forget for the rest of your life. As someone said rightly “You never forget a person who came to you with a torch in the dark”.

I don’t want to go into many details, but my family has been almost torn apart by the conflict in my country. I am pretty sure that, if I have been able to stay sane all these years, it is mainly because of Carty House!

Not only did I find help and support at Carty House, but I also started attending Ottawa University while living in Carty House.   Carty House has played a big role in my achievement and graduation. I just wish all refugees would have an experience like Carty House. The warmth, love, and camaraderie from the management, and residents alike, will stay with me forever.

I am now working full-time as a teacher, and have finally been reunited with my loving husband and my beautiful 3 children, after being apart for 6 years.

Now that I have left Carty House, let me express my gratitude to all of you, the supporters of this wonderful place. You are mending broken hearts and lifting the spirits of many people.

Please continue to support Carty House.

I really don’t think you can measure the depth and width of the transformation you are bringing in the lives of people who have passed through this house. May my gratitude, as small and timid as it may be, bring in you a real sentiment of a real satisfaction of a job well done in this house.

Thank you for being a light in the darkness for so many.