Janvier’s Story

by: Janvier Kajenjeri, a Burundian refugee in Belgium

My name is Janvier Kajenjeri. I am from Burundi. I came to Belgium in 2014 as a medical student. When I left my country, I left my wife and my 2 children who were 3 years and 5 months old at that time.

In April 2015, the war started in Burundi, my family fled to Uganda. At the end of my studies, I applied for asylum in Belgium, after a year, I received a positive decision which recognized me as a refugee.

When I received that status,I started the family reunification process. Caritas helped me during the process until I received a visa agreement for my family. The flight tickets were too expensive for me. It was around € 2400 for 3 tickets. Caritas told me about the Miles4Migrants project,with their help,tickets were finally paid for and they came, they reached me in Belgium on November 21st 2017. My children are now 3 years old and 6 years old.

I want to thank, firstly, Caritas for helping me during the all process of family reunification which took like a year. Secondary I thank M4M for all the work they have done and the help they provide to other families. I hope one day to contribute to the Miles4Migrants project, it Will be also in grant to remember those Newlyweds of california (NOTE: this is a reference to the donors that provided the miles to fly Janvier’s family), may GOD bless all of you.

My final thanks goes to all donors of Miles for their great generosity and which allowed a family to be reunified.

How Miles4Migrants helps

We collaborate with a network of global non-governmental organization (NGO) partners who work directly with refugees and migrants to identify and verify individuals who are financially unable to afford air travel. Once our partners submit flight requests, we use donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, travel vouchers, and cash to eliminate transportation barriers for the most vulnerable individuals affected by war, persecution, or climate disaster. Our goal is to help these individuals reunite with their loved ones and start a new life in a safe environment.

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– According to the United Nations, there are currently 108 million individuals forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide.  

– The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that seeking asylum is a fundamental human right. Everyone has the right to life and liberty. Everyone has the right to freedom from fear. Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution.

As migration is often the last option for survival, migrants may embark on clandestine journeys, subject to danger, extortion, and inhumane conditions

Once they finally get legal approval for resettlement, migrants face another challenge that makes the journey seem impossible: the transportation costs.

There are many ways for you to get involved and help us continue our work:

You can donate cash to help us cover operational expenses or contribute your unused air miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers to help us book flights for refugees and asylum seekers. Additionally, you can help us spread the word about our cause and our impact on the lives of those we serve.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, has the power to make a difference. Thank you for considering supporting our mission.

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