When my younger brother Joel passed away almost 7 years ago, there were many people who grieved his loss. His best friend however, not only grieved the loss of his friend, but also loss in financial support. Joel spent most of his adult life teaching English as a second language, and helping to raise monies for those in need in the 3rd world countries where he worked.
'Yunus' and his wife were not only emotionally supported by Joel, but financially too. He raised monies in the US and would spend much of his own small salary on supplies and clothing from the US when he (Joel) was home for the summer. I would add pictures, but it is not safe to do so.
The loss of Joel was tragic, but the tragedy did not stop there for 'Yunus'. Yunus and his wife had 2 young children when Joel passed. There were several of us who vowed to keep Joel's foundation (CAP) going and make sure many received medicines, food, a goat or chickens to raise money for themselves, etc. Many people were able to start their own businesses. However, Yunus became a Christian in a country where that is not tolerated. Every job he would receive the government would put pressure on his employer ...either fire him or we will shut you down. So Yunus traveled to Russia to work with a relative. He was treated horribly there. Lived in a train car in the winter with no heat, no running water, no bathroom to try to support his family. He became very ill and it was because of many people helping that we were able to pay for him to return home and recuperate.
A few years ago, one of Yunus' brothers came home from work to find that his wife had committed suicide. This is very shameful in their culture...too much shame for this man to bear and he too committed suicide. Yunus was once again in deep grief over the loss but now had the addition of his brother's 2 children to care for and raise.
All 6 of them now live in a 2 bedroom apartment. The bathroom you see in the photo. Two girls and two boys in one bedroom. The families that have been supporting them have some financial issues of their own and we are now attempting to raise enough money to support this family of 6 for a year AND buy them a refrigerator as they no longer have one that works.
It will take approximately $10,000 US dollars for one year. If 1000 people gave $10, it would be enough. Could you please afford $10 and pass this on to your friends and family. No one should have to suffer this...and for me, it is also to honor my brother and the work he did while he was here!
We would love nothing more than to bring them to the US or Canada so they could work and create a better life for themselves, but to date they have not been allowed to leave the country. If you could please help...any amount would be so very much appreciated. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer in a more private format, as the families privacy needs to be protected on this format.
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