THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CLOSED
Organized by: Meghann McNiff
Meghann McNiff via Crowdrise
September 09, 2014
Your donations, and your love, saved the life of my friend and colleague Feroza Mushtari, a midwife from Afghanistan. Feroza committed her life to serving her people, to preventing women and children from dying in childbirth. The Taliban told Feroza that she and her family deserve to die for her work. You told them no.
The initial Crowdrise campaign raised over $5,000 in one week. This money covered the cost of airfare and enabled the rescue mission of Feroza and her family.
Feroza and her family made it to India. The only goal until now was to get Feroza and her family out of Afghanistan alive. Thanks to you, and your beautiful display of humanity, we made this happen. Our new fundraising goal is $11,150. This additional $6,000 will cover their basic living expenses (food and rent) for six months. This support is obviously not sustainable, but lets just give them a chance to land and make a new plan for a new life.
Feroza has applied for a Special Immigration Visa to the United States; we have no indication about the length of this process and no guarantee that her application will be approved. Feroza will also be registering with the United Nations Human Rights Council in India. We are told that this process can take anywhere from 2 – 10 years. We are literally figuring out this process as we go, breath by breath, and step by step.
Everything helps. Prayers, donations, kind thoughts, legal advice, spreading the love on facebook, contacts with friends who can help with visas...please reach out by clicking 'Contact the Organizer'.
Tracking The Money
Afghan families are big. With her parents, 10 brothers and sisters and their children Feroza and her family are 27 in total, 14 adults and 13 children. When we talked about the option for Feroza to leave Afghanistan alone, she had this to say:
I can't leave them here
If someone dies, then I won't go anywhere
I want to die with them
Stage 1: Rescue
Total travel costs = $5,150 ($200 for each adult ticket, $160 for each child and $10 for each visa)
Stage 2: Landing
Basic cost of life in India for 6 months = $6,000 ($600 a month in rent, $400 a month for food)
Total Fundraising Goal = $11,150