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Why did you flee your home?
“There was an airplane in the sky starting to bomb our town. We left suddenly and traveled to Turkey. When we returned to Syria a year later we found our house in ruins. We traveled back to Turkey and lived in Hatay but life was hard there so we moved to Istanbul in 2013.”

What are your top three greatest needs?
“University Tuition – approximately 6000 Lira ($2000 USD)”.

What are your other needs?
“Just university.”

If you were suddenly given a large sum of money, how would you spend it?
“I would start a project to help Syrian children go to school. Many are missing education and should be learning. 50% of students here don’t have schools and can’t go to school.”

If it becomes safe to return, will you have a place to go? What will you do?
“Yes, we will rebuild our house and live there. We have relatives who are in Turkey with us and we want to go to rebuild. This is why the university is so important. I want to be a part of building Syria’s new future.”


Joanna Birkner
I am a recent college graduate living in Istanbul. I work at an NGO and also teach English in my spare time.
$2000 Goal

Istanbul houses more refugees than the rest of Europe combined. Living in this city is a daily reminder of the challenges refugees face and the privileges afforded to me by growing up in the United States.

I am a proud Bryn Mawr graduate and attending a women’s college ignited my passion for global women’s education and equality. Jinan’s story resonated with me for this reason.

Everyone deserves a shot at an education, and it is my hope that together, we can help send Jinan to university.


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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.


Everything in the $45 reward, four times! You can give them away to others or enjoy them all yourself. Each of the four rewards comes with everything offered in the $45 reward and below.


Thinking of traveling? Humanwire can help with recommendations for your itinerary. This could be a great opportunity to meet and connect more closely with the refugee family that will be benefitting from your contribution. For dinner, Humanwire will provide local transportation for everyone. Also, everything included in all prior rewards.

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