Get us to Finland
Organized by: Christina Itkonen
My husband and I moved to America from Finland in 2014, because we thought the recession was over. I had been offered a job that payed moderately well. We got an apartment, leased a car, and started putting away for a home. Then I asked for a raise at work and they answered that they accepted my resignation and escorted me out of the building. Since then (January) we have been living with a relative, struggling to make a car payment, and trying to scratch together enough money to return to Finland (where there is a job and apartment waiting for us). We are both college-educated. I passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam to prove my education has been equal to an American education in engineering. No one will hire me and no one will tell me why. I have worked at grocery stores, for a pool cleaning company, for a temp company, anywhere I can. Under the advice of a relative who was SURE we could make money cleaning swimming pools, I started a company to clean swimming pools. Waste of my time, we have a grand total of two customers, one of which doesn't like to pay us. So now we are selling everything we own. We are underwater on our car, and can't get enough together to buy new shoes, let alone two plane tickets. Twenty-two grand of the fundraising goal is the amount we would need to pay off the car (so we could then sell it for whatever we can get in America, or take it to Finland and sell it for a reasonable profit). If we sell the car at a profit, we can even refund the money you donate. Remaining money is the cost of plane tickets for two adults and two cats, airport food, a taxi to the airport, fees related to paying off our lease, and supplies for the cats once we get to Finland. It's pretty cheap this year, so we're lucky in that respect. As far as perks, we can offer photos of us leaving on the trip, arriving in Finland, and finally getting home. Adorable kitties can appear in every photo.