Posted on January 13, 2016
We are almost halfway to our goal and I am moved to the core!
Thank you to all of the amazing humans who have helped generate this immense amount of generosity and kindness - each and every contribution helps to bring more aid, more light and more hope to Rubi and his family.
After the fundraiser began, Rubi and his family faced a difficult decision: either to stay in Istanbul where Ruby would remain working at a factory to care for his family (no education in sight) or to make a long and dangerous journey to Germany (via boat and several overland border crossings) in order to re-unite with Rubi's father.
After weeks of indecision, they left Istanbul in the middle of the night. They braved a risky (to say the least) boat ride, got lost in Greece and eventually... they made it to Germany.
Rubi and his family are now reunited: a massive step towards a better future, together. At least in these times, they have each other.
The road ahead is still full of questions and challenges for Rubi's family and the creation of a new life, in a new country, will no doubt be a long and arudous process.
The goals to help Rubi go to school, to learn to read and to write, and to reclaim parts of a lost childhood still remain. With the money raised, Rubi and his family will have a desperately needed head start on the path to a new life in Germany.
Please help in giving this kind and oh-so-sweet soul, Rubi, a chance to rewrite his story.
With love and gratitude,