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Our gofundme campaign for the Yemeni students has officially wrapped up, and I am happy to announce that, together, we provided each student $1,349.22 (a breakdown of totals minus fees is below).

Below is a lengthy update, but just as important is this link to a slideshow of thank-you notes from some of the students themselves (if you hover over the screen you should be able to see arrows to go to the next slide).

Here's the link:

https://goo.gl/OIKJIx

What’s next for these students?

Funding and support from the US State Department has officially ended for students in VA and WI. Program support will end for students in WA on June 22.

Nearly all of the students say that they will live with “host families” for various lengths of time until they can find apartments and jobs on their own. Several of these host families are members of this gofundme community.

At least three students have applied to be Resident Advisers at their colleges next year (which comes with free housing in exchange for work).

Students plan to live in WA, DC, IN, FL, and WI for now. Once student will move to Austria to continue his education in medicine there.

Over half of the students have expressed plans to continue their education immediately; the others will focus on finding jobs and saving money or searching for scholarships to go back to school in the future.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for Yemeni nationals in the U.S. until September 3, 2018. The students have applied for TPS and Employment Authorization. Several have received confirmation, others are still pending. Some students have also applied for asylum (in addition to TPS).

Of course, this weekend’s news of an arms deal with Saudi Arabia raises more humanitarian concerns related to the war in Yemen. Yemen also remains one of the countries on Trump’s travel ban.

The students know from your donations and your kind words that they are in your hearts, and we all wish the best for them. I will continue to provide occasional updates and news of their journey as it unfolds.

Feel free to contact us at fundforyemenis@gmail.com






Press Coverage:

KUOW Radio Interview Apr. 12

Washington Post Feb. 15

KING5 News Feb. 13

CNN aired Feb. 5

KOMO4 News Feb. 18

Woodinville Weekly Apr. 10









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Our gofundme campaign for the Yemeni students has officially wrapped up, and I am happy to announce that, together, we provided each student $1,349.22!

Below is a lengthy update, but just as important is this link to a slideshow of thank-you notes from some of the students themselves (if you hover over the screen you should be able to see arrows to go to the next slide).

Here's the link:

https://goo.gl/OIKJIx

What’s next for these students?

Funding and support from the US State Department has officially ended for students in VA and WI. Program support will end for students in WA on June 22.

Nearly all of the students say that they will live with “host families” for various lengths of time until they can find apartments and jobs on their own. Several of these host families are members of this gofundme community.

At least three students have applied to be Resident Advisers at their colleges next year (which comes with free housing in exchange for work).

Students plan to live in WA, DC, IN, FL, and WI for now. Once student will move to Austria to continue his education in medicine there.

Over half of the students have expressed plans to continue their education immediately; the others will focus on finding jobs and saving money or searching for scholarships to go back to school in the future.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for Yemeni nationals in the U.S. until September 3, 2018. The students have applied for TPS and Employment Authorization. Several have received confirmation, others are still pending. Some students have also applied for asylum (in addition to TPS).

Of course, this weekend’s news of an arms deal with Saudi Arabia raises more humanitarian concerns related to the war in Yemen. Yemen also remains one of the countries on Trump’s travel ban.

The students know from your donations and your kind words that they are in your hearts, and we all wish the best for them. I will continue to provide occasional updates and news of their journey as it unfolds.

Here is that link again...so that you don't miss it:

https://goo.gl/OIKJIx
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Dear "Fund for Yemenis" community,

The financial portion of our campaign to help the Yemeni students will end tomorrow, May 15. If you know anyone who wanted to give, please let them know of this deadline. Of course, we will continue to support these students in other ways, through advocating for their rights wherever possible.

I will share a more thorough update next week after funds have been distributed to the students. In the meantime, here is a moving comment from a recent donor, in case you missed it.

"I saw the Washington Post article and picture of 2/16/2017 about the Yemeni students at Northern Virginia Community College -- and the beautiful smile of the girl in the picture shone purely, like a benediction. I immediately thought she and her colleagues are the kind of people I want in my American life! I give this gift in honor of a dear friend named Francesca, who died last month at the age of 69, with -- I thought -- life left to live. I hope these students will live it for her." -Gabriel K.



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Listen! http://kuow.org/post/yemen-if-youre-not-dead-end-day-youre-lucky

Very proud of Ramilya and Yunes...their interview with KUOW was broadcast today (also feeling gratitude for public media, thank you for covering real news stories with careful consideration for the humans involved).

Keep sharing.
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Check it out, teens in Washington state are getting ACTIVE for social justice, human rights, and our Yemeni students in particular:
http://www.nwnews.com/index.php/local/news/14582-building-empathy-helping-young-yemeni-exchange-students

Please keep sharing and we'll keep updating! The gofundme campaign will stay live until mid-May.
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Hamzah Alameer
24 months ago
4
4

This was not the life we chose to live; this was not the path we wanted to take, but for sure it has been a great ride, and I hope it does not end now...My time in the US has been incredible and I would like to see myself here, continuing my education as my country has fallen into the steepest and deepest darkness. I never thought this would be our destiny and I never thought I would share something like this, but life has had us do stuff we were not willing to do but we did and crushed them anyways!

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Moutaz Waleed
24 months ago
3
3

We as Yemeni students wherever we have been we live in suffering I am asking for all people whom still have humanitarian inside thier hearts to help the yemenie student wieth in Yemen or in USA God bless Yemen God bless USA

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Terri R. Aya
24 months ago
2
2

Is the State Department going to help resettle these kids? Have they approached colleges who work with refugee communities? Are potential new host families being contacted or are all the kids connected enough to have a "family" in the states? I believe the refugee community in Buffalo NY offers college and technical trade programs to refugees. Perhaps other resources are available. I have been working with my local community college to see if they will waive out of state rates, but that still can be an expense. Would companies who are sympathetic to the recent struggle of immigrants to our country, be willing to help financially? Like Budweiser, 84 Lumber, Lyft, etc?

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Christina Files
23 months ago
1
1

Can we get an update on the students' plans? Where will they stay - can they stay on legally etc.

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$30
michael anderson
21 months ago

In honor of Francesca

$25
Anonymous
21 months ago
DR
$200
David Roylance
21 months ago

With best wishes for a long and safe stay in the U.S.

GK
$100
Gabriel Kajeckas
21 months ago

Kim -- thanks for sharing with others my previous comment. Today's gift is memory of a wonderfully accomplished woman named Jane, whose life was suddenly cut short at 65 by a bicyclist who ran into her on a DC street. May her goodness live on in these students.

SS
$805
Saving Smiles
21 months ago (Offline Donation)
1
1

Thank you for giving us this opportunity to help the Yemeni exchange students. We look forward to learning what more we can do to support and encourage these worthy young individuals. (for the record, total donation was $805.46, but I can only enter whole dollar amounts)

Hamzah Alameer
24 months ago
4
4

This was not the life we chose to live; this was not the path we wanted to take, but for sure it has been a great ride, and I hope it does not end now...My time in the US has been incredible and I would like to see myself here, continuing my education as my country has fallen into the steepest and deepest darkness. I never thought this would be our destiny and I never thought I would share something like this, but life has had us do stuff we were not willing to do but we did and crushed them anyways!

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Moutaz Waleed
24 months ago
3
3

We as Yemeni students wherever we have been we live in suffering I am asking for all people whom still have humanitarian inside thier hearts to help the yemenie student wieth in Yemen or in USA God bless Yemen God bless USA

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Terri R. Aya
24 months ago
2
2

Is the State Department going to help resettle these kids? Have they approached colleges who work with refugee communities? Are potential new host families being contacted or are all the kids connected enough to have a "family" in the states? I believe the refugee community in Buffalo NY offers college and technical trade programs to refugees. Perhaps other resources are available. I have been working with my local community college to see if they will waive out of state rates, but that still can be an expense. Would companies who are sympathetic to the recent struggle of immigrants to our country, be willing to help financially? Like Budweiser, 84 Lumber, Lyft, etc?

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Christina Files
23 months ago
1
1

Can we get an update on the students' plans? Where will they stay - can they stay on legally etc.

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