Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

SOCIAL JUSTICE & COMMUNITY WORK IN CANADA

Khaled moved to Toronto, Canada in 2000 to do a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT). After completing his Masters degree, he continued to pursue further graduate studies in civil engineering.

During their time as UofT students, Khaled and his wife Sarah were actively involved in campus life and worked together on a number of community and social justice initiatives on campus.  Khaled helped start the Orphan Sponsorship Program, a fundraising initiative to sponsor orphans in various countries around the world.  Over ten years later, this program is still going strong, with more orphans sponsored each year. To date, over $500,000 has been raised by UofT students, enabling the sponsorship of over 120 orphans per year, from 20 countries worldwide. The program has also been successfully duplicated many times over and currently runs in several Universities across Ontario.

While at UofT, Khaled also formed the Students for World Justice Committee which was (and still is) actively raising awareness about injustices around the world and what Canadians can do to make a positive impact and how they can practically contribute to alleviating these injustices.  As one of its inaugural programs, Khaled partnered with the Black Students’ Association for a joint lecture on a civil rights/Malcom X lecture. 

Khaled was also an avid advocate of interfaith dialogues and helped organize such events in collaboration with the Anti-Racisim & Cultural Diversity Office. He also initiated and participated in interfaith sandwich runs for the homeless, joining hands with Muslim, Jewish and Christian student groups on campus.