Help Activist's Family Recover from Fire

For: Activist E
Organizer: Majal Team
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The Story

This past Tuesday night, March 14, the family home of Majal founder Esra’a was gutted in a fire of unknown origin. Esra’a and her family are safe, but they’ve lost their house and all of their belongings.


The home’s residents include elders and small children. To compound matters, there are no insurance policies to cover the damages, and the family’s savings alone are not enough to rebuild or relocate.


If you are reading this, you likely know Esra’a. You doubtlessly know her to be kind, hilarious, and brave. She is also generous: Esra’a has paid staff salaries and hosting costs out of her own pocket when necessary. She won’t let her friends pick up the check for dinner, let alone ask them for help when she needs it most.


If you don’t know Esra’a, she is an amazing award-winning activist and advocate for marginalized communities all over the world including LGBTQ people, migrant workers, and religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. Esra’a works tirelessly to amplify the voices of these communities to create a more just world, and as her colleagues and friends, we can attest to her selflessness, devotion, and altruism.


We know that Esra’a has a wide and diverse network of people who support her, who value both her friendship and the human rights work in which she engages. We’re asking on her behalf that you give anything you can to enable Esra’a and her family to move forward from this as soon and as fully as possible.


Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

-The Majal Team


PS. The email receipt you receive will have Esra'a's colleague and Majal board member, Yvette's Alberdingkthijm name on it as the beneficiary - Yvette has kindly offered to support by offering her U.S. based account to fundraise & then transferring to Esra'a's account which is incompatible with the platform as it is Bahrain-based. 


في ليلة الثلاثاء الماضي، إلتهمت النيران منزل عائلة إسراء، مؤسسة "مجال" في حريق مجهول المصدر. كل من إسراء وعائلتها هم الآن بخير ولكنهم فقدوا منزلهم وجميع ممتلكاتهم.

يقيم في هذا المنزل شيوخ وأطفال. ولا توجد وثائق تأمين لتغطية الأضرار، ومدخرات الأسرة وحدها ليست كافية لإعادة بناء المنزل أو الرحيل الى منزل آخر.

إذا كنت تقرأ هذا البيان، فمن المحتمل أنك تعرف إسراء. وتعلم بلا شك بأنها شخص طيب مضحك وشجاع. كما أنها شخص معطاء: لقد قامت إسراء في السابق وعند الضرورة بدفع رواتب الموظفين وتكاليف الاستضافة من جيبها الخاص. وهي عزيزة النفس ايضا: فهي لا تسمح لأصدقائها بدفع فاتورة العشاء، ناهيك عن أن تطلب منهم المساعدة حتى وإن كانت في أمسٌ الحاجة اليها.


ونحن نعلم أن إسراء لديها شبكة واسعة ومتنوعة من الناس الذين يدعمونها، ويقدرون لها صداقتها ونشاطها الدؤوب في مجال حقوق الإنسان. لذلك، نطلب نحن نيابة عنها بالتبرع بأي قدر يمكن لمساعدة اسراء وعائلتها في تجاوز هذه المحنة في أسرع وقت ممكن.


وتقبلوا خالص تقديرنا لعطائكم،


فريق عمل Majal

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 21, 2017

Posted on March 21, 2017

We reached $10K! Thank you all so much. After surveying the damage, we'd like to increase the fundraiser to $20K in order to be of more assistance to Esra'a and her family.

Not only does the house have to be completely rebuilt, but they also need the funds to afford essential items in the meantime, anything from clothing, to new blankets and pillows and furniture, as well as temporary housing for several months until the house has been rebuilt. These funds would not only support Esra'a, but her parents, grandmother, siblings as well as her niece and nephew who reside with her.

We appreciate all of you and your support!


Posted on March 19, 2017

Posted on March 19, 2017

Hi wonderful supporters,

Thank you for your generous support so far! We wanted to give you a heads up that in the email receipt you receive after donating, it will list Esra'a's colleague and Majal board member, Yvette's Alberdingkthijm name on it as the beneficiary - Yvette has kindly offered to support the campaign by offering her U.S. based account to fundraise and then transferring to Esra'a's Bahrain bank account which is incompatible with the platform because of its international restrictions.

Thanks again for your generosity and support of Esra'a and her family! 

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