Except for a one month visit a few years ago, Ali has been separated from his family for over five years. As a father myself, this breaks my heart. The good news is his five year journey to give his family an opportunity to live with him in the US just had a breakthrough. US Immigration just scheduled an interview for his family in Cairo, Egypt in the next few weeks. If all goes well, and he pays the $1200 for visa fees, his family will be able to join him.
Ali works hard, but he does not have $1200 laying around for a sudden expense. That's why we, the Austin Thunder soccer club are raising money to help our brother.
All he's asking for is a little help with the $1200 in fees, but I believe we - the club, the Austin community, and this amazing gofundme community can do a lot more to give Ali and his family a real shot at the American dream. If you consider for a moment that even with the $1200, Ali will still have to buy plane tickets for 3, beds, mattresses, clothes, food for four, etc. we can certainly do a lot more.
Below is a picture of Ali's wife and two boys - it's their visa pictures. Please give all that you can so they know what an amazing man their husband/father is, what an amazing community Austin and the gofundme world is, and give them some real hope that this new beginning will give them a shot at making their dreams come true.
- Marwan Hasbani
- Stewart Featherstone
- Brent Bockholt
- Todd Bailey
- Lee Gould
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