A letter to people who donated to our fundraiser to bring Ahmed’s family to Canada, where private citizens can sponsor refugees.
Thanks to you and your generous donation, we have met our financial goal!! Ahmed and family can now apply for private Canadian sponsorship, and they are eager to leave Syria and start their new lives in peace and safety.
My new mantra: Do not freak out when Ahmed sends a recording of explosions then goes offline …
Folks, he’s back and I’m celebrating. And we’re both feeling surprisingly supported, too— Many friends, old and new, checked in during the black out to see if I’d heard any word. I shared with him some Facebook comments that read like a giant scroll of thoughts and prayers sent for his safety, and he said “Wow! That’s amazing. Please thank everyone for me. They are in my heart now, too.”
Ahmed, my honorary brother trying to survive the war in Syria, made it through the attack last night.
At 2:55 am I woke after a restless sleep to see if he was online. It was almost 10:00 am in Syria. The message I sent before bed had left my phone but had not yet been received by his.
I panicked. Was the Wi-Fi signal damaged by the fighting? Or had his phone been damaged? Or… I can’t even say it.
Sometimes I am not strong enough to know Ahmed. If you’ve been following my posts, you know he is the guy in Syria who has become my honorary little brother and I am trying to raise money to get his family to a safe life in Canada, where private citizens can sponsor refugees.