Update: We reached our goal! We are no longer collecting funds for Ahmed and his family. We are in the process of securing spots for them in Canada–a process that can take a couple years. Please feel free to reach out to me for an update if you’d like to know more. Thank you to everyone who shared, donated, and held fundraisers!
In May 2016 I met Ahmed through a friend. He is 22 and lives in Syria. We chat daily, and he has come to feel like my little brother.
Ahmed and his family have shown true humanitarian spirit in a time of great need in their war-torn country (read more about them here) and now it’s our turn to help them survive.
By luck and grace (and a sponsored Facebook post!) I found the amazing Jennifer Schwitzer, who just returned from a year traveling the world to perform random acts of kindness and she’s willing to build a private sponsor group for them in Canada, where citizens can sponsor refugees.
We have secured a furnished home for Ahmed’s family, which reduces the total amount required by the government to $23,000 USD.
So we are creating a group of people across the world, each committed to raising $1,000 in their community. We will support you in coming up with a plan and succeeding at it.
What kind of people can join the 23? Anyone who wants to make a difference. Ordinary people can do this.
In fact, if you can simply inspire 40 people to each donate 25 dollars, we will have reached your goal.
You may be:
- A community leader in your school, workplace, church, mosque or synagogue
- Someone in the media with a following – you have a popular blog or other kind of audience
- A small business owner
- Someone with a large group of family and friends
Ways you can work to raise the $1000:
- Do a fundraiser in your community
- Do an initiative with your business
- Share on social media and ask friends and family to donate
How we will support you (and each other):
Through our secret Facebook group, we will keep in touch with each other, sharing our fundraising successes and challenges and learning as we go.
People in this Facebook group will keep sharing the incredible story and sharing the initiatives that are going on to raise the funds. We’ll share your efforts, coach you on next steps and work together to help Ahmed and his family reach a safe life in Canada.
The story will be created as we grow our group, work together to raise funds and see the money raised grow.
*Because Ahmed and family are still in Syria and could be targeted, it is not safe to use their real names or photos.