Bethany Martin Byler is organizing this fundraiser.
Please, help me get my mom back home. As we all know, she has been in Kuwait twenty years now. She has been working as a teacher, and until recently, she has been doing great. However, for four months now, the company she works for has stopped paying salaries to the entire staff. In Kuwait, you can't just stop going to work...they have control over your residency and if you stop coming to work, they can file a case of "absconding" against you, making you an illegal resident. This carries a bunch of unpleasant connotations like arrest and deportation (after serving a jail sentence), so she has to continue to work, unpaid. Before the salaries stopped being paid, she had planned her vacation to the U.S. as usual (she comes home once every two years), and paid for her non-refundable plane ticket (also non-changeable) so she has the means to return home, but not until May 15, when the vacation was originally planned. She has rent at her current home to pay until then, and has used her entire savings already to keep her head above water. She needs enough to keep her under a roof and keep her from starving for the next few months while she is stuck in Kuwait, and enough money to start over in America in May, sans savings. She will need to find an apartment and get all of the deposits paid to move into a new place, get a car, etc. As we all know, starting over isn't cheap or easy, and starting over coming home after 20 years out of the U.S. is darned near impossible without start-up money. We all want her home, it is my sincere prayer that we can all find a way to contribute at least something to this goal. We appreciate ANY help you can give, even if it's only $1, because it all adds up!!