A leg up, please ...

£11,462 of £6,500 goal

Raised by 392 people in 25 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
25 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
25 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
25 months ago

Help save us soooon please , good bless you :*

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Bernhard Breytenbach
25 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
25 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
25 months ago

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

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Paamayim Nekudotayim
25 months ago

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

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Joe Watkins
25 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
25 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
25 months ago

I hope you will get well.

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Xinchen Hui
25 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
25 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
25 months ago

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

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Michael Roterman
25 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
25 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 25 months
Created July 9, 2014
£40
Marco Frattola
25 months ago
£12
Anonymous
25 months ago
GE
£10
Gareth Evans
25 months ago
£30
Augusto Pascutti
25 months ago

Thanks for all your contributions! Keep awesome.

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£5
Anonymous
25 months ago
DD
£50
Dragan Dinic
25 months ago
TT
£15
The wpwebwizards.com team
25 months ago

You reap what you sow and #php is a great crop the tech world has enjoyed for many years, our pleasure to help out.

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AT
£12
Ansel Taft
25 months ago

Thank you for your contributions to the PHP community!

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SK
£10
Shashank Kumar
25 months ago

Thanks for your hard work Joe :) I appreciate it a lot. Please take care of yourself and hope your financial situation improves significantly.

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GS
£20
Gary Saunders
25 months ago

Thanks for all your hard work!

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KimSia Sim
25 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
25 months ago

Help save us soooon please , good bless you :*

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Bernhard Breytenbach
25 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
25 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
25 months ago

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

+ Read More
Paamayim Nekudotayim
25 months ago

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

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Joe Watkins
25 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
25 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
25 months ago

I hope you will get well.

+ Read More
Xinchen Hui
25 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
25 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
25 months ago

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

+ Read More
Michael Roterman
25 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
25 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.

+ Read More
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