A new life for Mozhgan

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Raised by 126 people in 2 months
Created June 4, 2019
Mozhgan is a refugee and a fierce advocate for her community. 

You can help to give this amazing woman the opportunity to live with basic human rights and flourish. 

We’re raising $12 500 to pay for the costs of a sponsored resettlement to Canada.

We need your support to make this happen!

Mozhgan is a pocket rocket. She's smart, passionate, generous, driven and incredibly resilient. However, after many years living as a refugee in Indonesia, she’s crumbling. Mozhgan has no rights to work, study, drive, marry, travel or to even hold a bank account. Without these basic rights it impossible for her to live a normal life, let alone to thrive. 

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Six years ago, Mozghan and her family fled Iran to save their lives. Since then, she’s they’ve lived a life in the shadows. Despite living with constant stress and uncertainty, Mozghan has managed to set up an NGO to support and advocate for refugee rights. She runs free medical clinics, gathers and distributes donations, coordinates legal support and information, and is a tireless advocate.

With Australia and the US shutting its doors to refugees in Indonesia, the future is dark for Mozhgan. 

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Staying in Indonesia means a life in limbo, the constant struggle to survive, excluded from all aspects of regular life. And going back to Iran means prison, possible torture and death.

She’s got one last hope, and this is it.

A group of Canadians heard about Mozhgan’s amazing work on this ABC program . They reached out, wanting to get her to Canada with a sponsored resettlement. That means a group of five Canadians will sponsor her visa, and be her rock in Canada, supporting her to make a new life. 

But they need the money to make it happen. $16 500 will cover the costs of Mozhgan's first year in Canada, including accommodation, travel, food, furniture and clothing. $4000 has already been committed. We need your help with the rest. 

This fundraiser is coordinated by Mozhgan's Australian friends, Alex Moulis and Gem Romuld. The funds will be held by Mozhgan's team of five Canadian sponsors led by Martha Spencer Binks, who will need to show the Canadian government that the funds are available for Mozhgan on her arrival in Canada.

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Yes, Mozhgan is just one person, and there are millions in need. But if you’ve ever wondered what you can do to support refugees, this is a solid and important step that will make a huge difference, first to one person, and then to a whole community. 

Over the last couple of years Mozhgan has managed to coordinate dental and optical tests for hundreds of refugees, providing glasses and medication with ad hoc donations and volunteer doctors.

When Mozhgan gets to Canada she plans to study human rights law and to continue her advocacy work. Living in a country where she has basic human rights, the sky will be her limit. 

Turn this flicker of hope into reality. Every donation makes a difference and will be enormously appreciated! 

You can find Mozhgan’s NGO, the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Information Centre here . 

And more on her work and life in this ABC online story  and radio program .
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Donations are still rolling in from you wonderfully big hearted people, and we are so grateful! Thank you! They will not be wasted.

Please spread the word and keep them coming!

The target is the bare minimum required for Mozhgan to be accepted in Canada's sponsored resettlement program, but it will be tight to get her through the first year there. Extra donations will be super helpful in getting Mozhgan set up, and go towards her family getting a sponsored resettlement too.

At the moment, the plan is that Mozhgan's family (mum, dad, and brother) will stay in Indonesia. When Mozhgan arrives in Canada, she hopes to save to fund her family's sponsored resettlements so that they can follow and meet her there. Your donations will continue to help the whole family start a new life together. So it's not too late to keep donating to turn their lives around.

With gratitude! x
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We made the target!!!! It's impossible to overstate how big this is for Mozhgan! Thank you to all of you wonderful and amazing donors!

It has been so heartwarming to see your support flooding in over the past month. It's hard to keep hopes up over the long term, so gestures like these donations go a really long way. Mozhgan has been saving your comments and your generosity and putting those warm feelings in her pocket for rainy days. The application of for Mozhgan's sponsored resettlement to Canada is now getting under way, and her her future is looking so much brighter.

If you haven't donated yet, but still want to, you can! Any extra money donated will go towards getting Mozhgan's family to Canada. Her younger brother, mother and father would love the opportunity to start a new life with Mozhgan, and it would mean so much not to have the family separated.

Mozhgan sends this message of thanks...

"A thank you is never enough to express how grateful I am for the support you all are showing me.

"Being in limbo for 7 years, I barely dared to imagine this opportunity. Your support is giving me great hope. And its enabling me to further my mission in helping other refugees as much as I can. I will be able to apply for private sponsorship to Canada this month, then I’ll likely wait for another 2-3 years to get there.
In the meantime, I'll continue working hard, building RAIC. I’m also learning and improving my knowledge to give me the best chance of getting in to law school as soon as I get to Canada and to continue my advocacy there.

I’m actually able to plan things for myself for the first time in many years! It feels great!None of this would be possible without your help!

Best wishes,
Mozhgan."
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