On Thursday, Humans of New York (HONY) founder, Brandon Stanton, launched a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo’s platform, Generosity, to raise $100,000 for eleven Syrian families looking to create a fresh start.
“Earlier this month we profiled eleven Syrian families that were preparing to begin new lives in America. They have escaped a horrible war, and have finally secured a degree of safety and security, but the road will be very tough for them. They will be starting at zero in a new country. In addition to the culture shock, they will face innumerable obstacles, including the need to learn an entirely new language. As they attempt to get their footing, they will be provided with little more than the bare minimum needed to subsist.
“This holiday season, let’s give them a little breathing room. The amount we raise over the next 48 hours will be divided evenly among the refugee families that were featured on HONY this month. Many of these families left Syria with nothing. For years they’ve been forced to stretch every dollar to provide for basic needs, so direct assistance will go a long way. Many of these families are large so we certainly can’t cover all their financial needs. But we can lighten the load and help ease the anxiety of starting over in a strange land. So please consider taking part in this gift by making a small donation.
“If any family chooses to decline assistance, their share will be allocated to the resettlement organization helping with their transition.”
Within 48 hours, the nonprofit organization secured over $700,000 for the cause. The campaign is set to close today (December 26th) and the funds will be divided evenly among the families.
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