Organized by: Elizabeth Payne
When the Syrian crisis erupted in 2011, Lebanon was not ready to take in the more than one million Syrians who had to seek refugee from the violence in their country (Lebanon's population was only 3 million). Syrian residents had no time to prepare financially, nor did Lebanon. United States' charities and other charities around the world are working as hard, and as fast, as they can to support the influx of people, though there is controversy, policy and corruption to manage. Individuals, such as me, my friends, family members and the community members around us - we can help support others in need. Life is hard, and we are all here to help each other.
I read the story, "Peddling Their Futures?" by Loveday Morris; her story was published in the Washington Post on April 4, 2014. Here is a link so that you can read it too: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/in-lebanon-syrian-refugee-children-find-safety-from-war-but-new-dangers-on-the-streets/2014/04/03/3947194b-3e7e-4426-8203-a0e5fa9c1e5a_story.html. The Washington Post put me in touch with the family.
My family can afford to make up the difference in rent each month that the Huzaifa Family needs for their apartment. Mohammad's mother, Um Alaa, is the head of her family; her husband died years ago. Her son, Mohammad and his older brother, Alaa, go out on the streets at night to work for their family's financial needs and that is not a safe situation. Their sisters are in school, and the boys need to be in school, as well, but the family has expenses to cover, which is why I have created this fundraiser.
People always ask, in general, "Why? Why these people, Why this crisis?" And I once wondered, too, "How do you choose who to help?" And I thought about some of my life struggles. I could not have gotten through certain times in life without the kindness of others: they saw a person struggling, so they reached out to help. That is that - it is rather simple. And it has taught me that my most important purpose in life is to love all people around me, whenever I can. And it is a time in life where I can do something...In fact, there is always time in my life to help others. I just have to decide to do it, and so do you.
My goal is to find a way to provide between $300-$400 a month to the Huzaifa Family. This carefully calculated amount will pay for clothes, food and other living expenses and it allow for all Huzaifa children to be able to attend school regularly. I aim to work with the Huzaifa's for as long as they will have me in their company, so to begin with, I have aimed to find financial support for them for the next three years. That comes to $10,800. Please consider a donation, no matter how small. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you very and many blessings to you all!