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- Name: Nazar Joodi
- Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States
- Needs: Housing, Groceries, Housing Assistance
During Saddam Hussein’s regime, Nazar Joodi was arrested and accused of exchanging foreign currency. His right hand was cut off during his imprisonment. After Saddam’s fall, Joodi was brought to America to have a prosthetic hand fitted for him. Soon after he was brought to Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and White House and shown as a graphic example that invading the country and ousting Hussein had been the right thing to do.
In 2006, Iraqi insurgents accused Joodi of being an American sympathizer and threatened his life. Joodi, his wife and four children went into hiding in Iraq and finally arrived as refugees in the United States in March 2008. Fast-forward since then and Nazar's life is heart breaking.
The family receives Medicaid, and food stamps, and really has no other means on which to survive. They have placed themselves on a list to be placed in a homeless shelter.
Nazar's pants are clearly too big for him as evidence of the weight he has lost from stress. His wife said bluntly that they both have considered suicide, and their children are not oblivious to the profound problems they face.
Mr. Joodi is now mocked in Iraq as a “friend of Bush” who has nothing in the United States and will be killed if he returns to Iraq.
The family needs a minivan donated to them; Mr. Joodi needs a job anywhere in the Washington, DC metropolitan area; and they need immediate donations to help them through their difficult time.
He is clearly highly intelligent, can speak but is not fluent in English and can only use his left hand but necessity remains the mother of invention. There has to be work that Nazar can do. If there is any job for Nazar that come to mind, please contact him. Mr. Joodi is also seeking donations to pay their rent and feed themselves.
Nazar and the two eldest daughters Shayma and Furqan, aged 16, can all work and have their green cards. As legal residents, they are very hard workers and eager to work.
This is a family in deep need with no remaining options.
- Name: Jackfruit Project
- Location: Washington, DC, India
- Needs: Children Needs, Furniture, Children Needs Assistance
The Jackfruit Project pairs resources in India and the U.S. to support the girl children of the Snehi Bhavan home.
Fourteen girls live in the loving home of founders Matthew and Sajini, along with the couple's own son, in Melukavu, a small town near Kottayamin the southern Indian state of Kerala.
Prior to the founding of this project in 2007, Sajini and Matthew relied on Matthew's laborer's wages and local donations of food to keep the home running.
But they are unable to continue supporting such a large group single-handedly. As the girls grow older, they are in need of support and mentoring beyond what they receive at the home.
Paula Buck, professor at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, is the president and founder of the Jackfruit project. When Paula Buck first visited Snehi Bhavan the girls were without the most basic of needs, but since that time life has become better for them.
There still is a tremendous need for resources; the girls are dalits ortribals and come from abusive backgrounds, a number of them have mothers in the sex trade.
The girls need food and shelter and an education that will provide them with independence and self-esteem. Dalit is a self-designation for a group of people traditionally regarded as low caste or untouchables (outcastes). While the caste system has been abolished under the Indian constitution, there is still discrimination and prejudice against Dalits in South Asia.
The short term goals are:
1) to provide each girl with a healthy diet, including fruit and vegetables
2) to ensure the ongoing education of each girl by covering school fees
3) to offer the older girls extracurricular classes focussed on buildingself esteem and confidence
4) to provide each young woman with a mentor who will help her explore possibilities for her future
5) to improve the physical facility of the home, which is, at present, quite primitive.
The long term project is the purchase of two acres of rubber trees to enable Snehi Bhavan to become self-sustaining after just one year of production.
- Name: Cindy Stiles
- Location: Pendleton, IN, United States
- Needs: Overwhelming Utility Bill, Education, Overwhelming Utility Bill Assistance
After years of fighting stage 3 colon cancer and the surgeries that followed I was let go from my job of eight years and am still unemployed. I am in school hoping to make use of this time but my sons are freshman now and I fear losing our home (their stabilty) and all I have survived to give to them. I just want to finish my degree and work again! And enjoy this life I fought to create and beat cancer for!
- Name: Elizabeth Garcia
- Location: Sarasota, FL, United States
- Needs: Housing, HomeRepair, Housing Assistance
She should be crying. Her home just burned down, she has no insurance to cover the damage, her children had no clothes to wear to school on Tuesday and just about everything she owned is sooty and charred.
But Elizabeth Garcia is not the type to weep when facing the challenge of her life.
Rather, she wandered through her scorched home looking for things to salvage — a toothbrush, some sponges, a picture of the Madonna that was untouched by the flames. And she began to figure out how to make a new life on a meager income, little savings and no roof over her head.
“We will find a way,” she said. “We have to.”
Garcia, 39, cleaned office buildings and houses, sometimes until 4 a.m., so that her daughters would have a backyard, a swimming pool and a place they called home.
She finally paid off her home in the 700 block of Brink Avenue about a year ago, free and clear. But, like so many whose lives were undone by the economy, Garcia’s cleaning service began losing customers until she had to get a second job at a warehouse.
She was also forced to make difficult financial decisions. To save money, she dropped her homeowner’s insurance.
Early Monday, as she was packing boxes at the Bealls warehouse, a fire started in the laundry room of her home and quickly spread.
Everyone in the home, including her two daughters, escaped safely. But the home was gutted.
Source and complete story: http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091007/article/910079985
- Name: Rachel D
- Location: Lynn, MA, United States
- Needs: Housing, Employment, Housing Assistance
Hello there! I am a young woman living in a half-way house outside of Boston. I found myself here because I am an alcoholic-addict and have struggled with addiction problems since I was 12 years old. I am now 29, and my disease has slowly progressed from alcohol to pot, to pills, to cocaine, and back around to alcohol abuse.
My past mistakes and bad choices have caused me to lose everything! Since I have fallen into addiction and depression, I lost my life in a flash...my apartment, my long-term boyfriend, my family's respect and trust, my career, and my dignity.
I came from a good family, went to college and got a Bachelors, yet I still became an addict anyway. This is an actual disease, not a moral defect, and I am working to become the beautfiul person I know I can be. I have so much potential and dream of opening my own architecture firm one day.
I have been in treatment for addiction for 4 months now and I am growing leaps and bounds as a person. It is truly amazing to see myself realizing the potential that I always knew is inside of me!
My next step is to graduate from my half-way house and integrate into the "real" world again, this time on two solid feet. I would greatly benefit if there is a sympathetic soul out there who could help me afford sober housing/apartment fee's, or could help secure employment in the Boston area doing what I am passionate about.
I have another chance at life, and I am going to live it to the fullest! Thank you for reading, and God Bless!
- Name: ivy casocot
- Location: davao, davao city, Philippines
- Needs: A Computer, Housing, Groceries Assistance
I am actually making this request on my older sister's behalf. She's the breadwinner in the family looking after our diabetic widowed mom (who went blind due to her illness) and myself. She's honestly my real-life hero, made a lot of sacrifice for us, always taking her personal happiness her last priority. But with her meager income, I know she's having a hard time coping up with our needs and bills much more mom's medicine maintenance. Plus we're also renting. I'm into missionary school at the moment, lucky to get a free tuition but she's the one supporting me with the fare and food & personal allowance. She has this passion for writing, but just don't get the chance to pursue it, she also wished to spend more quality time nursing mom, so I thought it would be a best idea to gift her with a laptop computer so she can avail on-line jobs, can work at home while attending mom's delicate care at the same time. I love seeing her enjoying herself now that she's not getting older herself and be not overburdened with the family's situations too much. And do really hope mom will get better and could see again. Hope you're my answered prayers. God Bless!
- Name: Rosann Ramirez
- Location: La Junta, Colorado, United States
- Needs: Car Repair, Car Replacement, Car Repair Assistance
I have colon cancer. I am 46 years old and need help to fix my car or a replacement.
It will cost 1,000 dollars to fix and if not fixable the mechanic will let us know.
Also I have 2 kids and I have to go to Denver to get my treatments every 3 weeks which is a three hour drive from LaJunta and I need help to pay electricity bill which is $260.00.
- Name: cecilia perez
- Location: immokalee, florida, United States
- Needs: Car Replacement, Housing, Employment Assistance
IM A SINGLE MOTHER OF 4 YOUNG CHILDREN AGES 12, 9, 8 & 6. 2 BOYS & 2 GIRLS I WAS MARRIED WITH THEIR FATHER FOR 13YEARS AND IN THAT TIME WE PROBABLY MOVED 2 OR 3 TIMES A YEAR. ITS BEEN VERY HARD ON ALL OF US. MY CHILDREN HAVE HAD TO CHANGE SCHOOLS SO MANY TIMES & I KNOW ITS AFFECTING THEM EMOTIONALY & MENTALLY. DURING THE TIME I WAS MARRIED I WAS A VICTIME OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SO FINALLY I LEFT HIM. I MOVED INTO MY MOMS HOUSE ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO & NOW THEY WANT ME OUT MY BROTHER WANTS ME TO LEAVE BECAUSE MY PARENTS TOLD HIM THAT THIS IS HIS HOUSE. I HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO AND FEAR THAT WE WILL END UP ON THE STREET VERY SOON. I HAVE TRIED TO FIND A JOB FOR SO LONG NOW I USE TO MAKE REALLY GOOD MONEY AND SINCE I GOT LAID OFF ITS BEEN SO SO BAD. I CRY ALOT CAUSE NO ONE CARES & I FEEL LIKE MY PARENTS DONT LOVE ME CAUSE THEY KEEP TELLIN ME TO LEAVE. I WILL WORK FOR A PLACE TO STAY FOR ME & MY CHILDREN,CLEAN OR WHATEVER I HAVE TO DO. IT HURTS ME TO KNOW THAT BOTH MY BROTHER & PARENTS WANT ME OUT AND TELL ME EVERYDAY. EVERYONE BLAMES ME FOR THE SPLIT WITH MY HUSBAND BUT THEY DIDNT LIVE WHAT I LIVED THROUGH.
- Name: Kelleri Ogilvie
- Location: Jacksonville, FL, United States
- Needs: Overwhelming Medical Bill, Overwhelming Medical Bill Assistance
I'm requesting assistance on behalf of my mother. Several years ago my mom, now 51, was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. She went through extensive treatment and responded quite well. Unfortunately her insurance would not cover the majority of the expenses.
My mother was recently told that her cancer has come back, whats worse is they believe that it has spread to her lungs and throat. Currently my mother has more tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, and with this amount of debt it's very difficult for her to get treatment.
My mother can not work and her insurance is holding her back from receiving proper treatment.
Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
- Name: Sonja Shepherd
- Location: indianapolis, indiana, United States
- Needs: Children Needs, Employment, Children Needs Assistance
I am a single mother of three. I always worked to take care of my household but now money is low, unemployment compensation isn't working yet, i don't have a job even though i have been to interviews, did the drug screen and background checks and still no call. my youngest are almost 4(girl)and 2(boy), my oldest is almost 18(girl) and all i do is pray and ask god to get us back on track. i always give to others even when it was my last dime but no one ever returns the favor. help please i am going crazy trying to find a job for income.