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#AllowAtena to Continue her Education in Canada

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SOME BACKGROUND: The Economic War

 The conflict between Iran and the US is a long, lengthy, complicated story- to say the least…

The most recent scandal involved Trumps withdrawal from the JCPOA.

 In 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was established between the P5+1 (UK, US, Russia, France, and Germany) to limit nuclear production in the Iranian state.

 Trumps was skeptical about Iran’s ability to follow through with the JCPOA, thus, withdrew from the agreement May 8 2018. As of now, the UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) verifies that Iran has kept up with JCPOA obligations, however many countries are still in denial.

 Upon withdrawal, the US reinstated new sanctions to put an end to Iran’s aggressive agenda; hoping it will comply to be a more ‘civilized’ state.

 The new sanctions target both Iran and the states that trade with it. Sanctions are put on dozens of major Iran banks, vessels, aircrafts, transport ships, and oil exporters; taking a toll on Iran’s largest economic income.

 In turn, the Iranian state is currently in crisis. The currency has plummeted, and to make matters worse, SWIFT financial messaging service (responsible for communication for bank transactions across borders) has stopped services with Iranian banks blacklisted by the US. All-in-all, Iran has become absolutely isolated from the international financial system.

 

HOW CAN I HELP? : Atena's Situation

 Whether or not the Iranian government truly followed through with their obligations, the media has failed to address how this political war has affected ordinary citizens, like my classmate, neighbor and best friend Atena.

 Atena is a 3rd year university student in Canada. She is only a few semesters away from graduation, and more importantly, only 1 year away from attaining her work permit needed to become a permanent resident in Canada.

 If Atena fails to pay for next semesters tuition soon, she will be forced out of Canada. Consequently, this would postpone her education, and worse, prolong the process for permanent residency in Canada IF the Canadian gov’t allows her to re-enter and try again.

 Sanctions on Iran’s financial institutions and the withdrawal of SWIFT financial messaging service,  has largely impaired the value of Iranian currency, making school almost 4 times the burden it once was. Likewise, sanctions on international banking makes it almost impossible for locals to transfer money outside the borders of Iran. In other words, this prohibits her family from sending money for her to finish her education.

 At this point, all financial means have been exhausted. The only option left for Atena is to find a Canadian sponsor willing to pay for her tuition. Since she is an international student she doesn’t know a lot of people in Canada (except for students like us who can barely afford our own education!), this becomes quite a challenge.

 With this is mind, I reach out to all of YOU to help my friend during this difficult time. Atena is truly adored by all of those in her community and it would be devastating for many of us to see her go for such unfortunate circumstances.

 This plea is not trying to defend Iran/ US and take side in any political conflict. My biggest concern is that political conflict has local consequences… and citizens should not have to suffer in consequence of their governments inability to cooperate and negotiate peacefully. I pray that you can put politics aside and acknowledge this young girl’s aspiration for a better life in Canada.

 If we can help Atena attain the money needed for her next semester, we can extend her time in Canada, help her graduate, give her access to a work permit, and change her life for the better!  

 For those of you who know Atena, you know she would do anything and everything to help someone who needs it. Let us show her how we much we appreciate her by donating or sharing this page on social media! All your help is beyond appreciated!! <3


EDIT: If our goal is not reached (But hopefully this is not the case) all proceeds will be forwarded to a charity with a similar cause. Updates on this is coming soon! #AllowAtena
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Hey Everyone, thank you SO much for your patience! There have been many people asking me the status of the #AllowAtena GoFundMe page that I started over month ago. As some of you know, I’ve been out of the country for over a month, and I wanted to take the time to thoroughly respond to your questions when I was back at my own computer with a stable WIFI connection.

First of all, a HUGGGGGUE thank you to every single one of you who either made a donation to the page or shared it with their friends on social media. With over 400 shares on Facebook, as well as publication in @abbynews, we were able to raise $3,305 plus 400 dollars in direct cash donations. Although we were not able to reach our goal of $10,000, we (and I speak for Atena) are overwhelmed with all the love and support that was received! <3

NOW WHAT?
Since we were able to provide the university with some sort of income, they have agreed to post pone the payment deadline to March 8th (an option not normally given to international students). So yes, this means Atena is still with me in Canada continuing her studies.. And it is all because of YOU!

As some of you may already know, the conflict between Iran and the US has not changed for the better. Atena’s family is continuing to find ways to support her studies, and Atena continues to work 2 jobs (without exceeding the 20 hour/week limit given to international students) to pay off her school fees. Since a part time job makes it impossible to cover the cost of tuition and other everyday living expenses, the fundraiser will remain open until March 8th.

The overall goal of the GoFundMe was to #AllowAtena to continue her education for the winter 2019 semester, and give her and her family time to find a way to overcome the financial challenges without Atena forcibly returning home- and it has done just that!! I would once again like to thank you all for spreading the word and buying Atena some time to stay in Canada during such a difficult time for her and her family. <3
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