Crowdfunding is Saving These Syrian Refugees

December 14, 2015

6:00 pm

Over the weekend, Humans of New York got an email from a very special somebody – Edward Norton. Why? The popular platform had posted a story about a Syrian refugee in America during the week, and Norton was touched so deeply by the story that he had to get involved.

Specifically, he asked Humans of New York if it would be alright to start a crowdfunding campaign for the person known simply as “The Scientist” (the person’s real name is being withheld by the company for security purposes). Together, Norton and Humans of New York started the campaign on Crowdrise:

According to the campaign page, everything will go towards helping him get the medical treatment he needs to live and pursue his work here in America. Further, his family will be able to build a new, stable life after their tragedy and support the dream of contributing to the world.

“I saw this story on one of my favorite sites, Humans of New York, and it moved me to tears. This man has suffered profound loss that would crush the spirit of many people and yet he still passionately wants a chance to contribute positively to the world. If we don’t welcome people like this into our communities and empower his dream of making an impact with his life, then we’re not the country we tell ourselves we are,” says Norton. “Let’s reject the ‘anti-human’ voices that tell us to fear refugees and show this man and his family what Americans are really made of. Let’s show that a country built by the energy and dreams of immigrants still believes in brave people who come here with hope for better life.”

Currently the two parties have raised a cumulative $406,394 to help transform the experience for this family and show them that life can, in fact, deliver healing and kindness over heartbreak. The full Humans of New York story is on the top of the crowdfunding campaign if you’re interested in reading it – I’d definitely recommend as it’s a fantastic story. On a related note, this is exactly the kind of social good everybody loves to see born of all the innovation in the tech world.

Image Credit: Humans of New York Facebook page

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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