The Abokharoub Family Needs Our Help
Organized by: Nadeen Ibrahim
EVENT DATE May 31, 2016
Dear Community Member,
The AboKharoub family is a lovely Syrian family of 4 (Maher, Rasha, Amir (pictured above with donations to the family from CEPI), and Ghenia). They came to Colorado through the Lutheran Family Services of Colorado refugee resettlement agency less than two weeks ago. The parents, Maher and Rasha, are proactive in attending English as a Second Language classes and job-training classes, while taking care of their 5 year-old (Ghenia) and 2 year-old (Amir).
Unfortunately, due to some some housing issues, the AboKharoub family does not have the means to make next month's rent of $950 for their apartment. And, this is where you have the opportunity to support this family and welcome them to the great state of Colorado. The family has no source of income, and is still waiting to land a job upon successful completion of job-training and some ESL classes. Rent for next month is due June 1st, and the family really needs the community's financial support. The Community Empowerment Program at Ikhlas has been actively meeting the needs of the family as they arise (i.e. toys for the children, food, furniture, clothing).
The AboKharoub family waited more than three years to be granted the opportunity to come to the United States of America. Before coming to the U.S., the family was in Amman, Jordan, and before that, they were in Damascus, Syria. Rasha remembers clearly when the peaceful demonstrations began in Syria, and how they turned deadly. In fact, she lost her youngest brother to a bullet, while she was in-labor with her daughter, Ghenia. Shortly after that, Rasha was faced with another issue. Her husband, Maher, did not return home from his classes. He was jailed for 17 months with no communication with his family. The charges: the regime was suspicious of his support for the resistance. When released, they told him that he will need to return to serve with them, and to make sure he would, they shot him in the foot. The AboKharoub family immediately fled to Amman, Jordan. It was in Amman, Jordan that she gave birth to her son Amir. Today, Rasha is thankful and hopeful for her family's life in Colorado. She leaves behind a mother that is still trapped in Syria, a brother that was able to make it to Germany after fleeing Syria, a brother in Greece that is waiting to be granted asylum after crossing the Mediterranean Sea in a small raft, and a family member in the Turkish Syrian refugee camps.
Thank you in-advance for taking the time to read their story, and for any support you are able to offer. The AboKharoub family is very appreciative of it all. Any funds raised above the $950 goal will be donated to the Community Engagement Program at Ikhlas (CEPI) - a community partner of African Community Center that has been actively meeting the needs of resettled refugees in Colorado.