Mahmoud in Turkey – HUMANWIRE
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Mahmoud in Turkey


From Syria, meet Mahmoud (14). He is the oldest of five children living with his parents in Istanbul. The extended family group comprises eleven people, including eight children and two women who are pregnant, all living in two dilapidated, cold rooms. In addition to being cold and small, their building is infested with rats and scorpions, their roof leaks and their floors have holes. There is a third room which cannot be used because of the dampness. Rent is about $140 USD per month but Mahmoud’s father barely earns $300 per month. With limited resources they are forced to decide between paying for food or fuel for heating and utilities. They receive no assistance from any government or non-government agency though they are registered with the UNHCR and can access health services. Mahmoud’s father was an electrician in Aleppo but because of language problems he now works as a removalist, he is the only wage earner in the family.

The family is seriously considering sending Mahmoud to work in a factory. They would like for him to stay in school but are forced to make difficult decisions for the benefit of the family as a whole.


Laura H
Mother of two, volunteer, dreaming for a better world. Living in Finland. As Dalai Lama said: "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live."
$2000 Goal

It breaks my heart to see what a brutal war can do to people especially to children. Instead of crying I have decided to help the best I can. Please join me in this and help to make the world a better place!

I hope that with the help of this campaign Mahmoud can continue at school and the whole family will get a better home to live in without rats and scorpions.


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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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No rewards for me thank you (or maybe I would like rewards), I just want to make a donation for a certain amount to Mahmoud in Turkey.

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