A leg up, please ...

£11,462 of £6,500 goal

Raised by 392 people in 29 months
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 project
 * I maintain apcu
 * I contribute to PHP’s source code
 * 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.

Joe Watkins.
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Update 1
Posted by Joe Watkins
29 months ago
#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.
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KimSia Sim
29 months ago

Hi Joe, sorry to hear what happened. I gave 50. It's the least I can do for fellow developer

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Katarína Martusová
29 months ago

Help save us soooon please , good bless you :*

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Bernhard Breytenbach
29 months ago

I seem to have misplaced my credit card, but I will add my donation as soon as it is found :)

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Arda Kılıçdağı
29 months ago

Thank for your contributions to PHP core up until now. I hope everything gets better for you once more. Cheers from a PHP developer from Turkey.

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Reeze xia
29 months ago

Finally I donated through paypal. Thanks for your contribution to PHP. Everything will get better soon.

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Paamayim Nekudotayim
29 months ago

Hopefully, I wish you to be fine :) PHP developer from Myanmar

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Joe Watkins
29 months ago

I don't have the language skills to express satisfactorily my response; obviously I'm overwhelmed by the level of support shown, just, overwhelmed. If you're having trouble making a donation, you can use the paypal address: krakjoe@php.net Once again, I thank all of you for your thoughts, and for your help. Thank you.

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Bart Guliker
29 months ago

I do not have a credit card, but i would like to help. Is there a paypal address of some sort? Or an IBAN number?

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Boris Ding
29 months ago

I hope you will get well.

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Xinchen Hui
29 months ago

Done, seems I can not make donation because I was using a chinese IP address, it works after I used a JP VPN :<

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Xinchen Hui
29 months ago

wanted to make a donation, but the page told me: "This Page is not ready to accept payments", anyway, Joe, thanks for all the great works you did, I will come back later, and going to spread this..

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Xinchen Hui
29 months ago

Joe, thanks for the amazing work you did, bless you.

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Michael Roterman
29 months ago

Wanted to make a donation, however I don't own a credit card unfortunately. I will try and spread the word, wish you the best, seeing the amount raised within this time I feel our community will make sure you will be ok!

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Adam Howard
29 months ago

Times are hard and sometimes even hard working people could use a break. PHP has been given freely to the world-wide web for everyone to use (costing $0) and so it's only right that we give thanks, praise, and credit where credit is due. Hope you have better days ahead and hope this helps.

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£11,462 of £6,500 goal

Raised by 392 people in 29 months
Created July 09, 2014
RB
£5
Riccardo Bini
29 months ago
KR
£5
Karl Laurentius Roos
29 months ago
NR
£5
Nicolas Rosental
29 months ago

I hope it all gets better soon.

AR
£5
Ana Rakovic
29 months ago

Thank you and good luck!

£5
Anonymous
29 months ago
£5
Anonymous
29 months ago
£5
Anonymous
29 months ago
RE
£5
Rodiney Elias
29 months ago

Hi Joe. I wish I could donate more to help you out. Wish you all the best! May God help you and your loved ones. Best regards and please keep doing part of the PHP community.

PG
£5
Purekid Gan
29 months ago

Getting better!

LL
£5
Lucas van Lierop
29 months ago

Hi, after so much about you and your current situation, hope I can help out a little, good luck!

KimSia Sim
29 months ago

Hi Joe, sorry to hear what happened. I gave 50. It's the least I can do for fellow developer

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Katarína Martusová
29 months ago

Help save us soooon please , good bless you :*

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Bernhard Breytenbach
29 months ago

I seem to have misplaced my credit card, but I will add my donation as soon as it is found :)

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Arda Kılıçdağı
29 months ago

Thank for your contributions to PHP core up until now. I hope everything gets better for you once more. Cheers from a PHP developer from Turkey.

+ Read More
Reeze xia
29 months ago

Finally I donated through paypal. Thanks for your contribution to PHP. Everything will get better soon.

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Paamayim Nekudotayim
29 months ago

Hopefully, I wish you to be fine :) PHP developer from Myanmar

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Joe Watkins
29 months ago

I don't have the language skills to express satisfactorily my response; obviously I'm overwhelmed by the level of support shown, just, overwhelmed. If you're having trouble making a donation, you can use the paypal address: krakjoe@php.net Once again, I thank all of you for your thoughts, and for your help. Thank you.

+ Read More
Bart Guliker
29 months ago

I do not have a credit card, but i would like to help. Is there a paypal address of some sort? Or an IBAN number?

+ Read More
Boris Ding
29 months ago

I hope you will get well.

+ Read More
Xinchen Hui
29 months ago

Done, seems I can not make donation because I was using a chinese IP address, it works after I used a JP VPN :<

+ Read More
Xinchen Hui
29 months ago

wanted to make a donation, but the page told me: "This Page is not ready to accept payments", anyway, Joe, thanks for all the great works you did, I will come back later, and going to spread this..

+ Read More
Xinchen Hui
29 months ago

Joe, thanks for the amazing work you did, bless you.

+ Read More
Michael Roterman
29 months ago

Wanted to make a donation, however I don't own a credit card unfortunately. I will try and spread the word, wish you the best, seeing the amount raised within this time I feel our community will make sure you will be ok!

+ Read More
Adam Howard
29 months ago

Times are hard and sometimes even hard working people could use a break. PHP has been given freely to the world-wide web for everyone to use (costing $0) and so it's only right that we give thanks, praise, and credit where credit is due. Hope you have better days ahead and hope this helps.

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