Help Diana Help Refugees in Greece
An absouloute HUGE thank you to everyone who donated so much in such a short time! Way to make Diana feel loved and validate this important work she is doing. Plus, don't you feel good for helping people in need? I do!
Well guess what? She's going back! As I type, Diana (after popping back to Ireland to GRADUATE), is back in Greece, resuming the fight on behalf of refugees.
If you've already donated, THANK YOU! If you haven't, now is your chance! Diana could use a little more help with travel costs and living expenses for her second trip (she expects to be there through the New Year), so anything helps. Though she did want me to make clear that anyone who tries to donate AGAIN will be politey declined!
Thank you for sharing and happiest of holidays!
Hi! Diana's friend Elizabeth Paulson here, part of her Green Bay, WI cheering squad. If you're like me, you want to help with the Syrian refugee crisis, but don't know how.
Here's how: Let's send the best woman for the job to help.
Let's get Diana Delbecchi to Greece.
Diana has the opportunity to volunteer for an organization called I AM YOU helping at the Ritsona Refugee Camp. Specifically, Diana's role will be leading a pilot program called "Access to Education," which helps refugees who are college age find pathways to continue or start their higher education. Is this totally something Diana would be great at or what???
Although it's a volunteer position, this work may lead the way for Diana to find other work in the humanitarian and development sector after graduation.
Let's help Diana help others by raising $1,000 for her travel and living expenses by November 1st.
Let's show Diana how much we believe in her and refugees how much we care. Share and donate today!
Here's some more information that GoFundMe needs to make sure this is legit!
I've set this up for Diana, who is too busy and too kind to ask for this kind of thing herself! We've been emailing and messengering each other whilst on two different continents.
Diana will be using this money to:
Pay the Irish expenses she is still responsible for while in Greece.
Pay for all her living expenses in Greece with the exception of accomodation, which is affordably provided by the NGO.
Allow her to keep up with her undergraduate loans while not having any income of her own.
In her words: "I believe in the human right to education, its fundamental importance to the realization of all other rights, and its necessity for active participation in a society. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to use my passion for education and access to education to assist in even this small way to do what I can to help."
Diana is the only person who can withdraw from this account. The funds will go into her American bank account and she will be able to electronically withdraw them when necessary.
A truly heartfelt thanks to everyone for your show of support! I cannot believe the goal has been met already and just in time for my journey to begin! I am off to Greece very early tomorrow morning (Oct 19) and will be spending today organizing and finalizing packing. This opportunity would not be possible without your donations and I will do everything I can to keep you all up-to-date on the work I will be performing. I spoke with the NGO this morning and it sounds like I will be in camp first thing Thursday morning! Nothing like just jumping in, is there? It will be an emotional and exhausting journey, but knowing I have your support, your confidence in my abilities and your love means the world. I know many of you share my passion for education and would love to join me if you could. I will do my very best to send updates along the way. Your sponsorship is making this entire thing possible and I simply cannot thank you enough. xoxo Diana
First, WOW. An incredible thank you to everyone for their swift response. I wasn't sure how to add/update on this, but I wanted to get a chance to explain the situation a little further. This past week has been a whirlwind and the decision to head to Greece was made quickly. So I apologize for the bits and pieces of information that are being added in now. Basically, volunteering for an extended period of time is expensive. The NGO I will be working with supports its volunteers by offering affordable housing prices for the first 21 days at 10 euros a night. I will be living with other full-time volunteers and sharing a room with another dedicated individual. While accommodation is affordable, I am also paying for expenses in Ireland for due to timing and my return for graduation in late November. All living expenses in Greece are the responsibility of the volunteer and, as many of you know, I have just finished up an intensive MA program here in Ireland that did not allow me time to earn anything in advance. To add to the financial burden my undergraduate loans are already in repayment and my graduate loans pending in the grace period through February. Basically, I want you to know that I appreciate any support you can provide, in prayers, in kind words of encouragement, or in monetary donations. I am fortunate enough to be granted the possibility to lend on-the-ground assistance and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity, but I need your help to make it possible. This project is where I feel I need to be at this point in my life, particularly after studying human rights for the past 12 months. This is my chance to take what I have studied and put it in action. I believe in the human right to education, its fundamental importance to the realization of all other rights, and its necessity for active participation in a society. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to use my passion for education and access to education to assist in even this small way to do what I can to help. Thank you for your support and encouragement through this journey. -Diana