== Give Zaki a Fresh Start ==
Our friend Zaki, a 26 year old Syrian refugee living in Turkey, wants to seek education in Germany to fulfil his goal of working in the humanitarian field and report on the challenges refugees and immigrants face on a daily basis. He hopes to help those who share his struggles. Since his current situation prevents him from pursuing any kind of future at all, we are calling on your support.
== His story ==
Zaki was born in Aleppo, Syria. Syria is undergoing a prolonged brutal civil war that started in 2011. At that time, Zaki was studying for a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Aleppo, where he was double-majoring in mechanical engineering and English translation. However, as the city of Aleppo underwent severe bombings, and Zaki was being drafted for military service while the war intensified, he left university and sought refuge in Turkey. His parents and two younger siblings soon joined him there.
The old home of Zaki’s family has been severely damaged as a result of the bombings in Aleppo and deserted for six years
== Current situation ==
Zaki and his family currently live under the temporary protection regulations. This differs from the refugee status and in Zaki’s case it implies that:
- he and his family do not get any financial aid;
- he is not allowed to work;
- he cannot benefit from public education or health care;
- He cannot travel, even within Turkey’s borders.
Going back to Aleppo is not an option: savings have depleted, Zaki’s mother is too sick to travel, but most importantly: Zaki risks indeterminate jail time as soon as he enters the country because he didn’t want to be a part of a bloody war and refused to join the obligatory military service.
Zaki is a hardworking all-rounder, and is an inspiration to all those he has been connected with over time. He worked in numerous jobs, from manual labor to sales, as well as translation for an NGO reporting on war crimes in Syria. He alone has been supporting his family from 2013 to this day, being the only one able to work, and the only one fluent in Arabic, English and Turkish.
However, as of May 2018, Zaki has been unemployed, and due to the ever-changing rules that govern work permissions for Syrian refugees, meant to dissuade Syrians from fleeing for their life from a brutal civil war, the current legal barriers prevent him from finding a job to support his family. This precarious situation means that they face imminent eviction.
== What now? / The Plan==
In light of these events, the only way Zaki could get a chance to survive and support his family is to change his environment drastically. He wants to seek education in Germany to become an active agent in the humanitarian field.
Zaki has already contacted several universities in Germany (since Germany is the only country that accepts Syrian visa requests filed from Turkey). According to application rules, he meets the requirements based on his high school diploma and language proficiency.
== How you can help Zaki ==
Our hopes for Zaki are that he can achieve a 3-year Bachelor’s degree at the University of Luneburg. The expenses induced by such a process are too much for us to handle, so we decided to call onto the world to help Zaki get a student visa for Germany.
Every donation, no matter the size, will be much appreciated by us, by Zaki and by his family as it brings them closer to rebuilding their lives. Even if you cannot afford to donate to our campaign, please share it on your social networks or talk about it to your friends. We need all the help we can get, and will be infinitely grateful.
What will your money buy Zaki?
€12 500: Fulfilling all the requirements to apply for a visa
€12 500 will cover Zaki’s first-year application requirements for a degree in Digital Media. A part-time job would allow Zaki to send money in support of his family in Istanbul.
The visa costs as well as all the other expenses are detailed here.
€36 000: A complete Bachelor’s degree
€36 000 will cover the full expenses of Zaki’s degree and allow himself to build a foundation for his future and provide his family help.
PS: The money will be kept in a Dutch bank account made for this campaign, and then will be transfered to a blocked german bank account on Zaki's name
- Would you like to read more about Zaki? He was in the news before: read this article written by Simon Hartmann, published by the German online newspaper ze.tt.
- Would you like to know more about the Temporary Protection Status (TPS)? Read this article written by Umut Pamuk, published by Humanity in Action.
- Want to read more about the temporary protection status? Read this article written by Shawn Carrié and Asmaa Al Omar, published by The Guardian.
Like, share, talk to your friends. Our deepest gratitude goes to all who did or will donate.
For any question or tips, please write to [email protected]
This campaign was created with the help of:
Anna Dryaeva, Aylin Özalp, Billy Ernst, Can Cedric Kapçık, Céline Héricher, Dilsad Budak, Efe Kerem Sözeri, Esra Özalp, Fadi Haidar, Gokce Gobut, Hendrik Kappmeyer, Joke Van Steenkiste, Jonathan Santurbano, Judith Confal, Neslihan Yakut, Nooa Avo, Nora Bakhsh, Onur Sekmen, Ozgur Ozan Yusufoglu, Raffaella Biondo, Rebecca Stumpf, Sebastian Lehner, Simon Morgenthau Hartmann, Talha Paksoy, Tessa McGlynn, Valerie Daude, Victor Clément Bernatas, Vivien Tauchmann, Yasmine Bastug