#php I freakin' love you guys ...
The words amazing, overwhelmed, and thank you, are all the English language equip me with, however they do not do justice to the reality of what all of you have done here.
From the most sincerest place a person has, I thank you.
My name is Joe Watkins. If you are a PHP developer, you may not know my name, but you probably use my code. Up until a month ago, I was active in the PHP Core.
* I wrote and maintain pthreads
* I am lead on the phpdbg
* I maintain apcu
* I contribute to PHP’s source
* I have a github
account full of goodies
Then something happened. I was made homeless by a landlord taking back their house. With no time and no money, I have had to move into a Caravan - Travel trailer for my US friends - on some friend’s land, with my two kids and partner.
The four of us are squeezed into a living space of 20 feet. My workspace - where I once helped build PHP - is now relegated to my bed. My kids are sharing a bed 10 feet away. This is crippling my abilities to do anything but my job. I’ve had to stop contributions to other projects, not because I want to, but because I have to. I'm barely able to do my job and can't do anything about it.
The only way to get a tenancy is to have 6 months rent and a deposit in advance, and we just do not have it.
We - myself, my partner, and my kids - need a leg up to get back into a habitable space with a decent working environment. If I can raise the deposit money, I can maintain the tenancy myself as I have a reliable job now.
I am humbly asking for help from the community I love. The PHP community is very generous and it is my privilege to work on the language. So I am asking you to help me out. I need to raise £6.500,00. Please give what you can. If you can’t give right now, please help me spread the word.
Thank you in advance for any and all help.