Atef and Family – HUMANWIRE
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Atef and Family


Atef enjoyed his job as head of a museum cultural  center in Damascus, Syria’s largest city. Syria had long been a mecca of culture, including the remains of ancient civilizations and masterpieces of art and architecture. He was proud to preserve that heritage, helping to make it accessible to other Syrians and the world as a whole. Atef’s wife, a teacher of the arts, and their seven children, all enrolled in public school, lived a modest, comfortable life.

The first time he was arrested was during demonstrations in 2011. He was released after five days and went back to his work. Those are not things he would give up lightly for himself or for his family. Later, militants went from house to house randomly arresting people and Atef was arrested again. This time he was kept in jail for 15 days. Again, he returned to his home and his work. His family was frightened. Months later militants came to the culture center and arrested everyone who was working there. This time he was held for 18 days and interrogated, then released.

At this point, Atef and his family made the heartbreaking decision to flee to Lebanon, abandoning their home, jobs, schools, friends and most of their belongings. They felt it was just a matter of time until Atef would be taken and never returned.

Even in their current situation, Atef’s children still dream of completing their studies. The oldest son has a job making curtains. The family lives in a small space with a dirt floor, no furnishings and not enough warm clothes for the winter. Their needs include mattresses, carpet, heating oil, food and warm clothes.


Lucy McQuilken
Financial consultant and mother of three living near Boston Massachusetts.
$2000 Goal

On the day that Trump announced that we will not be granting asylum to Syrian refugees in the US I decided to launch a campaign to help one Syrian refugee family in need living in Lebanon. I will gladly give the entire amount, but wanted to engage my friends and family in this effort as a show of solidarity and commitment to our collective sense of urgency.

Atef and his family are Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. They have an urgent need for a mattress, carpet, heating oil, food, and warm clothing.

I hope that by engaging through the humanwire platform we can connect with Atef and continue to support him and his family through their time of crisis.

My friend Maureen Coffee told me about this program and I have done as much research as I could to ensure it is legitimately providing support to the intended family in need. Thanks for taking this journey with me.

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At least four quarterly emails will be sent to all contributors with status and progress reports related to activity on the campaign. This may include information about the successful transfer of funds to a hospital, a photo of the recipient after a successful surgery, etc.


Contributors will be provided with a local address to send food, clothes, school supplies and letters of support directly to the family’s door. This is a great way to build one-to-one relationships and potentially provide more needed support down the road. Plus, everything included in the $5 reward.


Attend a live video chat session with the host and refugee. Introduce yourself and time-permitting, spark up a conversation along with others involved in the campaign. A translator will be provided for English when needed. Plus, everything included in the $5 and $15 rewards.


Engage in a 30 minute one-to-one live video chat. An arabic translator will be provided for French or English. Plus, everything included in the $5, $15 and $25 rewards.

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No rewards for me thank you (or maybe I would like rewards), I just want to make a donation for a certain amount to Atef and Family.

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