On July 2, a Cochrane-local named Mohammad Bhuiyan decided to house a Ukrainian family of seven in an effort to help the Ukrainians adjust to life away from their home country. 

"God has given me a lot of opportunities, and I think its time for me to help others" Bhuiyan said. 

On July 2 Bhuyian's family grew by seven with Mykhailo Nytsyk and Violetta Nytsyk coming along with their five kids.

The family left Kharhiv and are thankful their children are safe now that they are living with Bhuiyan in Cochrane.

Bhuyian first learned about the opportunity to help Ukrainians coming over from word-of-mouth through neighbors and, having the extra space in his house, decided to lend a hand and shelter for the family.   

“I was living here myself and thought maybe I should utilize that opportunity. As a result, I took the initiative. Bringing these people here, at least to give them some shelter and initial help, I wanted to get them set up as much as I could” Bhuyian stated.  

Bhuyian, himself has experienced what it's like being a newcomer to Canada. Moving here from Bangladesh 30 years ago, he knows what its like to be new to a country. 

Bhuyian made sure to mention the importance of Canadian hospitality on his experience providing this opportunity for the family.  

“I think the hospitality of Canadians is the bigger picture, in my view. What we, as a community, are showing, is a great thing to see."  

The parents in the family are given a three-year work permit and the kids a study permit while they reside in Canada. Bhuyian describes the family as hardworking people, but worries for the kids as the school year approaches, he is unsure if they will be missing a year of schooling.  

He worries that due to communication and a lack of comprehension of the English language, they may have to delay the schooling. Bhuyian wishes that there were more programs to help people get better set up as they come to Canada.  

“We have experience with bringing in different communities in the past. Learning from those experiences, we should have these programs already in place, I would expect, for Ukrainians. We don’t want to see kids sitting down at home and missing school for a year”.  

Bhuyian says he has already spent quite a bit of money trying to set up the family, but says it’s been worth it. He wants to host another family in his basement. He was recommended by a resource to reach out on Facebook and ask for help, and he says the support was overwhelming.  

“It’s a great thing to see. It’s a tough time right now because everything is so expensive. Nowadays, you have to pay double what you paid a year ago. Considering all those facts, people were still ready to help, that inspired me to do even more from my end”.

The family left Kharhiv and are thankful their children are safe now that they are living with Bhuiyan in Cochrane.

During their time Mykhailo Nytsyk, the father of the family has been hard at work.

Painting window trims repainted Bhuyians deck, and showed off his artistic side by painting a Canadian Flag on the garage door, showing his appreciation for the country that welcomed him. 

Photo of the garage door that Mykhailo Nytsyk painted (Photo provided by Mohammad Bhuyian)Photo of the garage door that Mykhailo Nytsyk painted (Photo provided by Mohammad Bhuyian)

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