Mayar and Meral – HUMANWIRE
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Mayar and Meral


Mayar (6) and Meral’s (4) father Sharif explains why they fled their home in Syria in 2014:

“We were living in Salamiyah where there were bombs and kidnappings happening all the time. There was a car bomb explosion in January 2013 that partially damaged our house. My son (Mayar) has been traumatized since that day. He gets scared whenever he sees policemen or airplanes. My friends and I were peaceful against the militants. I was working with a group to help spread the word of names of people the militants wanted to arrest. My friends were arrested and tortured. I was scared for my life especially when I was asked to join the militants. I refused, telling them I wanted to live in peace. I started to receive threats. I got many phone calls from people who said they were going to hurt me and my family. I paid someone to help me and my family escape to Lebanon. From there, we traveled to Istanbul.”

Sharif completed up to his fourth year of university where he studied electric engineering. In Syria he worked for an electric company. Sharif can also speak Arabic and English. These skills allowed him to find a great job in sales and management at a tourism company in Istanbul. He held this position for a year and a half until the tourism industry crashed in Turkey. He then found work as a journalist for an Istanbul newspaper for six months. At this time Sharif is in desperate need of a heart surgery. He has three arteries that are closed which have caused his left hand to be partially paralyzed which caused him to be denied employment. There is a six month recovery period after the surgery and Sharif is worried he will not be able to support his family during this time.

Mayar is in the first grade at a Turkish school in Capa. He likes to collect and build things – inventing new things from what he finds. His sister Meral is not old enough to attend school, but likes to draw and play. At this time the family is in need of medical assistance for Sharif, and assistance with their rent and bills.



Sherri Blake
I am working alongside my colleague, fellow English teacher Taylor Nunez Murray and a group of seniors from North High School in Worcester, MA in an effort to help Mayar and Meral. Several of the students at North High School know all too well the realities of war and the challenge it is to start over in a brand new country. Some students had assistance with resettling, while others struggled to reestablish their lives. We wanted to join together as one to pay it forward for this amazing young family.
$2500 Goal

We are Ghanaian. We are Thai. We are Laotian. We are Chinese. We are Vietnamese. We are Colombian. We are Dominican. We are Irish. We are Kenyan. We are Native American. We are Italian. We are Scottish. We are Jamaican. We are Lebanese. We are Polynesian. We are Hawaiian. We are African. We are Cambodian. We are Puerto Rican. We are Brazilian. We are Nepali. We are Filipino. We are Liberian. We are Catholic. We are Jewish. We are Kikuyu. We are Cuban. We are Salvadorian. We are Russian. We are Spanish.

We are citizens of the world.

Widespread violence abounds in Syria each day. Families live in a constant state of fear as safety is never guaranteed. Crossing borders to safer locations is a dangerous voyage, but many families accept these challenges and attempt to reestablish their lives in nearby countries. This, however, is not without its own challenges. Too frequently, families have to make the difficult decision to leave everything they know behind. What is occurring in their own backyards is scarier than facing the unknown in a new country.

Compelled to support refugees in need, North High English teacher and department head Sherri Blake, joined by Gerald Creamer Center English teacher Taylor Nunez Murray, are leading members of North High’s senior class in a campaign to raise money for a Syrian family residing in Turkey. Teaming up with Humanwire, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting refugees, the group is committing to raise $2500 for a father and his two children.

Sharif, along with his son Mayar (6) and daughter Meral (4), fled Syria in 2013 after a car explosion partially damaged their home. Once a peaceful protester against the war in his country, Sharif began to receive threats for refusing to join militants. Sharif and his children travelled to Lebanon before resettling in Turkey. Though Sharif is educated in electrical engineering, he suffers from three closed arteries which causes partial paralysis and hinders his employment. He is currently working for a newspaper, but he is in desperate need of a heart surgery that will require six months of recovery. As for his children, Mayar is in first grade and enjoys inventing and collecting. Meral, too young for school, likes to draw and play.

The world faces terrorism and tragedy nearly every day. To see empathy and humanity in the world, it is everyone’s duty to come to their neighbor’s side in time of conflict and serve them in any way possible. Several of the students who joined this campaign are underprivileged themselves, yet are driven by compassion and reminders of their own circumstances to help their brothers and sisters in foreign lands.

Help Sharif, Mayar and Meral reestablish their lives and donate today.


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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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