Nour and Soaad – HUMANWIRE
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Nour and Soaad


Sisters Nour (3) and Soaad (7) live in a camp in Lebanon with two other sisters and their widowed mother Sumaya (24) who explains why they fled their home in Syria:

“In 2012, the regime army came to our region to arrest the people who were joining the demonstrations. They would break into houses at night. We were scared and fled to another village where we stayed about a year and a half but there were bombings and airstrikes. After that, we returned to our home because it was dangerous everywhere. One day when I was not at home a rocket hit our neighbor’s house and my husband was killed from shrapnel in the explosion. My neighbors took him to the hospital before I saw him. Fortunately my daughters were in the second room and were unharmed. I took my daughters and fled to another house where we stayed about two months and suffered from the siege and hunger. We had to eat weeds from the ground. Then we fled to Lebanon.”

Sumaya is a trained nurse and doing the best she can to make ends meet, but as a single mom it is hard to leave her girls home alone to work. Sumaya said the family’s greatest needs are a heater and carpet, as well as mattresses and blankets.


Josie Mossman
My name is Josie, I am from New Zealand and currently living in Europe. I have spent time volunteering on Lesvos, Greece - in Belgrade, Serbia, and mainland Greece. I have seen first hand the horror and hardship refugees face each day. Never have I felt such pain for somebody I didn't know. Every refugees situation, whether it be bad or worse, is a horror that someone is living. It's a life no one deserves. We will never understand the pain and despair these refugees have had to and will continue to endure. We don't have to understand. But we do have to help.
Nina and Tena Petravic
Our names are Nina & Tena Petravic and we are sisters. We were born in Croatia, grew up in NZ and currently reside in Australia. Humans forget how much power they hold, and if anyone is in a position to help, they should try to do so to the best of their ability. We aren't in a position to volunteer during this crisis, so we are happy to have found a way we can help remotely. Growing up as immigrants we know what it's like trying to adjust to a new country, though lucky for us, our lives were never in danger, we always had support and a roof over our head. We've never had to make any harsh sacrifices to live the life we choose. We can't even imagine how hard this must be for Soumaya and her family, more so with the added loss of their father. Let's ease some of the pain and discomfort, and give them some essentials which will be sure to improve their present struggle.
Jennie McNeill
My name is Jennie and I am currently living in Tasmania. There is no war here, my family and loved ones are alive and well, we go to sleep each night feeling safe. The closest I have to understanding what many refugees are facing each day is a news headline and I know the majority of people around me will be experiencing the same. People who are escaping war and persecution have few options and are faced with difficult choices on how to protect themselves and their families. For most, this situation is unimaginable but this is a reality for so many and their stories need to be heard. Together we can make a difference.
$1500 Goal

Life as a refugee is defined by uncertainty, frustration and fear. Often being forced to abandon their homes (and homelands) without time to gather vital possessions and all too frequently losing family members or leaving them behind.

Sumaya is 24 years old. She has four kids – Hibatoallah, aged 7 – Soaad, aged 6 – Fardous, aged 4 and Nour, aged 2. Her husband was killed by shrapnel when their neighbours house was bombed, fortunately, her daughters were in a different room and survived. They fled Syria and now reside in Lebanon. Sumaya is a nurse, but unable to practice as she cannot leave the children home alone.

Their wants are modest; heating, a carpet and bedding. When you are dependent upon and at the mercy of others, it is difficult to ask for more than the necessities.

Those who have enough, surely, can give to those who don’t. Can you help us help this family regain their dignity and confidence and their right to be free to choose?

-1538Days -14Hours -5Min -28Sec



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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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