Noor's Dream To Walk And Study Again

For: Noor Oghlo
Izmir, Izmir, Turkey
Organizer: Kelli Scott
£7,066
of £15,000 goal.
Raised by 252 donors
47% Complete
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The Story

Desperate for a brighter future and the right support
Noor, a university educated Palestinian Syrian, fled Damascus with mother Amal and brother Ahmed 4 years ago to Lebanon and then to Turkey. They attempted the dangerous crossing to Europe from Turkey - because Noor, wheelchair bound, desperately wanted to get help for her medical condition which cannot be treated in Turkey.
Before the war, Noor was studying Law at Damascus University. She was in her final year with 4 subjects remaining and planning to specialise in criminal law. The world was ahead of her. Noor had plans to be a judge or work in the UN. She was engaged to be married. Life was good. That was until missiles were fired into her university - and changed everything.
Noor was at university when the missiles hit and she saw her friends fly through the air and killed. The shock caused a nervous system break down. The doctors said Noor’s condition was complicated and very rare. An infection started to destroy her nerve structures. Noor had no access to medical help and her body weakened. She became wheelchair bound as her feet contracted. 
Desperate to change her life, Noor came to Turkey to make the dangerous crossing to Greece by boat. 3 failed attempts were made. In one attempt the driver of the boat hit rocks and the boat sank. Noor lost her passport, her medical reports, all her clothes and belongings. Helpless and with only a flimsy life jacket, she feared for her life. 
In Turkey, Noor has next to no support for her disability. Her mother is elderly and has high blood pressure and her brother is weak having also suffered shock from bomb attacks. It’s a constant daily struggle with no other relatives to help. Noor’s father is back in Syria very ill and can’t walk. 
Noor’s nerve disease is rare and doctors in Turkey have said nothing can be done for her here.
Noor is desperate to walk again, and finish her studies. Her dream is to do that in Canada.
Canada has a private sponsorship program run by the government. Sponsors based in Saint John, New Brunswick have been found and will support Noor's family through the resettlement process. Working together, Noor’s family will be supported in Canada until they are in a position to support themselves.
What’s needed:
$37,800 (£23,300) is the amount required by the Canadian government to resettle 3 adults for 1 year. This amount will be reduced where living costs can be met by the sponsors.
Funds raised will go into a specific bank account for the family and proof of funds will be sent to Canadian immigration along with all the required documentation.
Your donation will contribute to Noor’s family’s budget for the first year which includes food, rent and other start up amounts.
Please help support us get Noor and her family to Canada!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 2, 2016

Posted on July 2, 2016

Hi everyone! 

Firstly apologies for being slow with updating. After we posted the story on Noor, the dreadful news of the Istanbul airport bomb attack unfolded and the situation here in Turkey is that the government grinds the Internet to a halt to try and limit social media in events like this. Yes, that's right.

THANK YOU so much for all the support so far, what an amazing response from everyone offering advice and help for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, ideas for education and we've had a donation of an iPad and accessories! It's so wonderful!! 

I'm sharing a photo of our last visit to see Noor. We visited for iftar, the evening meal when the daily Ramadan fast ends at sunset, something that has been wonderful to experience culturally for the past month. 

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