Reflections from a Past-Resident

2021 Carty House Annual Appeal

Reflections from a Past Resident
“You never forget a person who came to you with a torch in the dark”

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My name is Janvière and 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 own 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 attended Ottawa University while living in Carty House and successfully graduated.  Carty House has played a big role in my achievement. 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.   

Presently I live in Toronto with my family which I have not seen for a very long time. I have now been reunited with my loving husband and my beautiful 3 children, that I last saw 6 years ago. I cannot even find the words to express my happiness.  I am now working full-time as a teacher in a primary school.  Every morning I am greeted by 18 small and smiling faces in my classroom, after the whole day of teaching, singing, and dancing, I get home tired, but happy to find my family and spend with them some well-deserved quality time.

I plan to bring all my family to visit Carty House soon! I want them to see the place and people who have cared for me.

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.

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. 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.

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



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