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Support Taha's Family - Hero Who Died Saving Woman

$16,908 of $13,000 goal

Raised by 467 people in 4 months
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Created January 24, 2019
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This is the heroic 36-year-old Sayed Taha who was murdered when he intervened to save a woman from sexual assault and harassment.

On 23 January, Taha, who was working at an ironing service shop in al-Basateen area south of Cairo, saw the woman being attacked and intervened to save her.  Locals say the woman had been dragged to the ground by a man who held a knife to her throat with the intention of taking her to rape her.

Taha and his friend saw this happening and rushed to the aid of the woman who was a stranger to Taha. Taha's friend told the media that they did not care who the woman was, but that they had to rescue her as she could've been their own mother, sister or daughter. Taha managed to save the woman and bring her to her feet, temporarily scaring off her attacker.

Shortly afterwards, the attacker returned and stabbed Taha to death in front of shocked on-lookers. Police swiftly arrested the attacker after the cold-blooded murder.

Now, a young girl in the second grade has to grow up without her father.

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Support Taha's family

This Go Fund Me was started after request by readers of Egyptian Streets to support Taha's family. Egyptian Streets has made contact with local authorities and will be posting updates in the coming few days.

We will also be working to clarify the exact circumstances of the event - as eyewitnesses have provided different accounts regarding the attacker's motivations. The woman who was saved by Taha has provided statements demanding justice for Taha.

This campaign will run for 10 days, with money personally delivered to the family within days of the campaign ending. If the family wishes to speak to the media, we will also publish an article on Egyptian Streets.
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GREAT NEWS!
We have finally completed the transfer of the funds raised during this campaign to Sayed Taha's daughter and mother.

As discussed in a previous update, we opened a trust account for Donia (Sayed's daughter) for an amount of EGP 150,200. We also opened a regular bank account for Hakema (Sayed's mother) including an amount of EGP 35,200. The family will receive interest from the amounts as well.

In total, after fees and exchange rates, the amount raised in local currency was EGP185,400. This included Stripe Fees, GoFundMe (which GoFundMe kindly reduced from 5% due to use of Stripe by donating nearly $A 900 towards the campaign) and exchange rate fees.

Thank you to everyone who donated, shared this campaign or otherwise supported Sayed Taha's family. A special thank you to GoFundMe, the Ministry of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs and CIB Egypt. CIB Egypt and its staff spent several hours facilitating the process and their assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you all again. This will be the last update. If anyone has any questions please email us on info@egyptianstreets.com.
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Thank you everyone for your support! We have now turned off donations. We had left it on a little longer as there had been a delay in the transfer of the funds to us.

We will now proceed with arranging a time to meet the family and set up the relevant accounts. We will keep you updated once this has occurred.

Thank you all again and thank you to both GoFundMe and the Ministry of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs for their support.
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GOOD NEWS! In coordination with Egyptian Streets, the Minister of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs met with the family of Taha, including Taha's brother, mother and daughter.

Importantly, the Minister and the Ministry have been helping us confirm Taha's daughter's living arrangements, including who is caring for her after her father's death. Read the Ministry's official statement here: http://www.emigration.gov.eg/DefaultAr/Pages/newsdetails.aspx?ArtID=206

It was confirmed that Taha divorced his wife many years ago (hence her lack of appearance in any media) and that Taha's daughter, Donia, had been living with Taha, his mother and his brother under one roof, with Taha's mother acting as a mother to Donia.

Donia is now living with her grandmother, Hakima, and uncle, Ramadan. Her grandmother is the one who is and will be caring for her.

We discussed with the family how they would like to receive the amounts you have all wonderfully donated. The family said they do not want to receive it as a lump sum, indicating that they would fear for their lives if this happens due to the disadvantaged nature of the area they live in.

Instead, the family chose two methods of receiving the money. A majority of the funds raised (65-70% depending on the final amount) will be deposited in a trust in for the benefit of and in the name of Donia. The rest of the funds will be provided in monthly disbursements to Hakima (the grandmother) for household expenses including funds necessary for daily expenses
in relation to and other requirements for Donia.

We will meet the family in the coming week or two to arrange the above. The Ministry is providing us with the logistical support of doing so. At the moment we are waiting for GoFundMe to release the funds.

Thank you all again and thank you to the Ministry for their continued support.
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Thank you all for your incredible passionate support for the family of Sayed Taha.

We have raised just above $14,000 thanks to all of you! As many of you already know, our original goal was to raise $5,000 but we all achieved this together in less than 24 hours. The goal was then raised to $10,000 and then $13,000 - and we've almost hit $15,000!

As there's been a delay in the transfer of funds from GoFundMe (it is not expected to be transferred to us until the end of this week), we will keep the campaign running for another 24-48 hours - so why not try and reach $15,000!

In relation to the logistics, a representative from the Ministry of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs will visit the family in the coming days to explain the next steps and clarify the process. We will then be visiting the family once the funds have become available from GoFundMe.

Please let us know if you have any questions at all.

Thank you again.
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Raised by 467 people in 4 months
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