Saabino Family Rescue Mission

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Raised by 20 people in 62 months
Christine was born with the birth defect spina bifida.  She is now 3 years old and cannot walk.  Her body does not function normally.  Christine is the niece and cousin of the Saabino family of Sudan, who are now part of the Portland, Maine Diocese African immigrant/refugee family.  Christine lives in South Sudan with her mother, where she is unable to get any treatment.  Her Portland family needs to bring her here becasue her only hope to fight this tragic condition is in the United States. 
To bring Christine and her mother to America will cost upwards of $20,000.  To help raise this kind of money, the family is hosting  a fundraiser at Riverton School in Portland on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 5-10 p.m. with ethnic music, dancing, and food.
With your help, this little girl can get the medical help she so desperately requires to grow into a healthy, happy child. Please send this to all your Facebook friends.  If 20,000 people would donate one dollar each, the financial goal would be accomplished.  May God richly bless your generosity.
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As the sponsor of Bakhita's mother, I was invited to her daughter's June 2016 graduation from Cheverus High School, Portland, Maine. She was awarded a scholarship to Boston College of Pharmacy, where she just completed her first year.
In this photo, Bakhita's mother Mary had been in the U.S. for 10 months, having immigrated under refugee status from South Sudan in July 2015. Mary had to leave her two sons, her daughter, and two grandchildren behind in her war-torn country, making the gamble to travel here to obtain DNA testing in order to give her family a chance to escape one of the most dangerous countries in the world. That decision was so traumatic for her that she developed PTSD and has depression because of a pervasive sense of guilt and deep concern for their survival until they can fly here to freedom.
Bakhita, her daughter, and her mother.
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This faithful Catholic family has so much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day, and so much yet to pray for! They continue to pray that little five year old Christina can find a doctor willing to sponsor her, with her mother, to come to the United States on an expedited medical emergency visa so that her spina bifida can be treated at the Spina Bifida Institute right here in Portland, Maine. Only the sponsorship of a medical doctor permits this type of visa to be granted. Perhaps someone reading this knows of a doctor who would be willing to be a sponsor. Sponsorship costs nothing and would save Christina's life! It is just a matter of a bit of paperwork including tax returns to show that the person seeking asylum would have someone here to rely on. Christina's grandmother, Mary, was able to obtain her visa more than a year ago because the organizer of this Go Fund Me page became her sponsor. It is not a difficult or burdensome thing to do.
The welcoming family home where they will live is already waiting and happens to be within a few miles of the renowned Institute.
We wish to thank those who have sacrificed financially to keep Christina and her family alive in Egypt as they navigate the long process of immigration. At this writing, it is 2:00 am in Cairo with the temperature at 54 degrees. There is no money to even buy blankets nor any work for refugees there, so the children shiver throughout each night while their mother worries about their health. Donations are going to food and housing completely, with nothing left for essentials like warmer clothing or medicine when they fall ill.
Please lift this desperate family up in prayer, and may God bless you for considering even a small donation for them.
Christina three years ago.
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Heartfelt thanks are extended for all who contributed to what has evolved into “The Saabino Family Rescue Operation". Many generous donors on this site, and privately, raised enough money to lift Bakhita's mother, 69-year-old Mary Matthew Massimo, to freedom here in the USA. Though she herself is safe at last from constant fear of death in war-torn South Sudan, she is haunted because she had to leave her children and granddaughters behind. The war in South Sudan has intensified in the nine months since her escape. One has only to search South Sudan on the internet to witness the life-threatening conditions for every person still living there.
Mary’s youngest granddaughter is little 4-year-old Christina, afflicted with spina bifida. It is Christina and her congenital medical condition for whom this page was begun. Her grandmother arrived in Maine, escorted by Christina's Aunt Bakhita, two months before the November massacre in Paris and subsequent slaughter in San Bernardino in 2015. Since then, visa applications have come under even more intense scrutiny. No records of birth are left in their country, having been destroyed in the war. The only proof of relationship that U.S. Immigration accepts in these cases is that of DNA.
Now living safely in Maine with Bakhita, Mary is in great emotional distress created by the living situation of her three remaining children and two grandchildren. She is grateful beyond words to the faith group who was so moved by the threat of imminent danger to her family that they pledged enough money to purchase 5 plane tickets from Juba, South Sudan to Cairo, lifting them to the relative safety of Egypt until they can raise the money for DNA testing and subsequent visa applications for Mary's two sons, daughter, and two granddaughters. These wonderful believers generously provided enough funding to house and feed Bakhita’s two younger brothers, younger sister, and nieces in a guarded neighborhood in Cairo until December 2016. The need of $1500.00 monthly for housing, food, protection, and transportation will continue until DNA testing is completed on the three adults. The two children will not need to be tested, as that will be covered by their mother’s test. Then there is need for the visa application fees for the three adults and two children involved in this rescue and plane tickets to Boston for five.
Please consider contributing to help bring this refugee family the rest of the way to reunion in the United States.
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We were able to bring Bakhita's mother, Mary Massimo Matthew, to the United States on August 6th this year thanks in part to the funds raised here at GoFundMe!!.!! Immigration told us that to bring little Christine, Mary's granddaughter, to the states for treatment of Spina Bifida, first the head of the family (Mary) had to be in residence here.

Now we beg you to help us rescue the five members of this family left behind due to lack of funding.

It cost many thousands of dollars and many dangerous months to wade through the special refugee asylum process at U.S. Immigration but we did it!
Family members still trapped there are Bakhita's sister with her two little girls and Bakhita's two brothers. Their ages are 4 (Christine pictured here), 11 (Gloria), 15 (Augustino), 28 (Francis) and 30 (Christine's mother S).
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For Anne Daunt's 5k charity run. Good job Anne!

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Here's my donation from my 5k run

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Nathan Maynard
25 months ago
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Thank the Lord Trumps travel ban was denied! Thank you for all you've done for Bakhita's family Kim and for supporting refugees. Love you!

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Happy birthday Kim.

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