Meet Doa, age 6, and Yusuf, age 10. They're from Aleppo. They had to flee their home after it was damaged by a bomb. Their father is injured and is struggling to make ends meet.
If you'd like to help, you can give directly to their family here. It's through a site called Humanwire, and it was created by a Boulder man named Andrew Baron. Humanwire gives you a chance to connect directly with the families you are supporting by organizing Skype calls and facilitating other exchanges.
The fundraising goal for Doa and Yusuf's family is $3,000. Donations total $950 right now. If everyone receiving this e-mail gave $6, we could meet the goal. Just us. This little community.
My own donation to Doa and Yusuf was very small. I'm embarrassed that it took me this long to give. There are lots of other good organizations to give to other than Humanwire. So please know that this note is not intended as pressure, just information. I know so many people are heartbroken about what's happening in Syria, and want to help in some way.
Some new people have joined this mailing list -- welcome! If this is your first message from me, you should know that it's a bit of an anomaly. Normally, I talk about the "process of making stuff" -- I think out loud with you about what's involved in creating things. My main focus right now is my new podcast/radio show, Threshold. But here at the end of the year, with this enormous humanitarian crisis happening, I felt the need to talk about a different kind of "making it." Like, making it through the day. Making each other safe.
I bet Doa and Yusuf have amazing stories, paintings, songs and inventions waiting inside of them. I want them to have the chance to create, too.
Happy New Year,
More about Doa and Yusuf:
Doa (6) and her brother Yusuf (10) are part of a large family of Syrians once living a progressive and productive life in Aleppo, Syria when everything became disrupted by war.
Their father Ahmet owned and operated an HVAC factory but lost all of his assets to the war, including the destruction and pillaging of his factory equipment.
After a section of the family’s house was damaged in an aircraft bombardment, they realized they could not stay any longer.
Now Ahmet is a general laborer but suffered an injury that left him with a plate, screws and paralysis in his right arm. He said he would like to return to his business and recover from the psychological difficulty of adjusting to an unsustainable wage, unable to support his family.
Yusuf who loves music is the only one the family can afford to send to school.
Why Andrew Baron founded Humanwire:
"I first got interested in the Syrian crisis because my wife Rima is of Syrian descent and so now is our two-year-old son Freddy. Rima grew up in Lebanon which borders Syria to the west and every time we visit family in Beirut and around the country, the effects of the refugee crisis are impossible to miss. We live in Boulder, Colorado, regularly voted as the top city in America for living standards, and when I think about the conditions of people who are fleeing persecution and war, I can’t help but question my humanity."