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Meet the Saggar Family

After all of our hard work and struggle this is a dream come true.

After moving to Canada 5 years ago from Pakistan, Saggar faced many unexpected challenges. His plan was to find a job in his field of health sciences, move into a decent home and lay the foundation to build a better life for his family.

Saggar’s family joined him in Canada in the same year, 2012. His wife, Fatima, and children were excited to start their new Canadian lives. Even though he shared their excitement, Saggar felt uncomfortable that he had to move his family into a one-bedroom apartment.

All they were able to fit in their apartment to sleep on were two mattresses and one single bed. Often, Saggar waited until his children left for school before getting rest after working his over-night shift as a security operative. On top of that, the family lived in constant paranoia of roaches, elevator issues and bed bugs, as their building was regularly cited on the city’s registry list.

Their family’s dream was to live in a place that they were proud to call home. Fatima took the first step after learning about Habitat GTA from a friend in her English language instruction class. They applied with the hope that Habitat will allow them to realize their dream of owning a home. When they learned that their family qualified for a new townhouse in Caledon, Saggar and Fatima’s face melted with tears. When they shared the news with their children, a look of pride came to their daughters’ faces when they looked up at their parents.

“After all of our hard work and struggle this is a dream come true,” said Saggar. “We follow the build updates as a family, and my wife and I have started volunteering at the Brampton ReStore. As a father, I know my children are proud of me, and we’re ready to build a bright future together in our new Habitat home.”

Saggar and his family are overjoyed to move into a new home that will have enough space for them to live comfortably. The children are excited to have their own bedrooms to sleep in and study. The mother is ecstatic to have room for her children to play, and host friends from their community. As for Saggar, he continues to look for a job in his field. He upgraded his education with an equivalent college diploma and is working on building up relevant work experience.

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