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Marwa and Family

Marwa and Family

“Our house in Aleppo was close to the frontline of the war and was bombed. We moved to another house and that was also bombed. I still have burns over a large portion of my body that have not received adequate medical care. We had to leave Aleppo because of the situation there.”

After this upheaval, and despite her own physical needs, mother Marwa has been most concerned about the health and education of her children. The family spent the past three years sheltering in Turkey and the children are finally this year in school in Istanbul. Nadir (10) and Gulbahar (8) both say they want to study to be teachers. Omar (7) has plans to become a doctor or a dentist, but says first he wants to learn Turkish. Julenar (2.5) is also pictured.

Before leaving Syria, Marwa was a hairdresser and her husband Mohammed owned a screen printing factory. Now neither is able to find work. The family’s top priority remains basic living expenses and medical treatment for Marwa, and to eventually move out of their humid basement and into a place that is healthier for the children.


Alyssa Mathias and Greg Davies
Alyssa is a graduate student from Oakland, and Greg is an architectural surveyor from Chicago. Based in Los Angeles, they are traveling this year for Alyssa's dissertation research.
$5000 Goal

We met Marwa and her family this summer at Small Projects Istanbul, when we got to join the band Country for Syria in a couple concerts for the kids. Alyssa is sporting a chic new haircut thanks to Marwa. We remember Nadir, Gulbahar, and Omar dancing and singing along to the music and rushing up to try our instruments as soon as the concerts ended. Now that we are no longer in Istanbul, we hope we can encourage our friends and family to help Marwa afford medical treatment and the basic living expenses that will allow her children to thrive.


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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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