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We are Vinas and Lital, a married couple of an Iranian and an Israeli. Unfortunately, the politics prevent us from entering our home countries.
Help us survive this tragic situation. We believe that with your support, we can get through, and find a home in the world for our family.
We met at a "Peace in the Middle East" themed camping event in Turkey, in the spring of 2018, fell in love and decided we want to spend our lives together.
As you know, both our governments have problems with each other, and we cannot enter our countries anymore.
We have been asylum seekers in Cyprus for almost 3 years, in very difficult daily realities: We were not permitted to work in regular jobs, we were unemployed and we were not supported by the country's welfare system. For most of our time in Cyprus we have been homeless.
After waiting for 2 years and 9 months, in October 2021 we were granted a refugee status in Cyprus.
At the moment we are still waiting for our documents, we are allowed to work and for now we are doing our arts (check out our natural creations on Instagram thebasketlady and here in the rewards) and we hope to get back on our feet soon.
It isn't simple for us but we decided to share our story and ask for help in order to change this situation. We have created this crowdfunding campaign, and named it "Support stateless family". You can also find us on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
This fundraiser allowed open hearted people to support us over the last 2 years, and you literally helped us to survive difficult times when we were in need.
With the donations that we will gratefully receive we will be able to pay for basic living expenses and to find a place to stay.
Starting a life in a new country is not easy, let alone that we were in survival mode for the past 3 years, with no income or certainty.
Forced to live isolated in the mountains, we're not speaking the language yet (Greek) and we didn't integrate into the local community, but, we are focused on that.
We are offering our supporters unique and beautiful handicrafts that we make using natural materials: Jewellery, dream catchers, woven accessories, baskets and traditional Persian flutes.
Those would make lovely handmade holiday gifts!
We also hope that by sharing our story we will be able to reach people that can and want to help us.
Please donate to our cause and help us to build our lives. We will appreciate any kind of support, and you can be a part of changing our future for the better.
If you wish to help us, please also share our story (this page) to more people and in the social medias.
Vinas and Lital.
P.S Our full story as it was featured on Newsweek America.
The full documentary film:
ASYLUM Love has no borders (2021)
Click here to stream.
Macrame with glass beads adjustable bracelet
Small dream catcher B
Small dream catcher D
Woven bracelet necklace set
On the road, in a search for our placeUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 10:45 am
3 weeks ago we left Cyprus, to explore the Balkans and find a wild place to live in. We are currently in north Bulgaria.NEEDED: EUROPE CONNECTIONS The journey continues, and it's not easy at all!After two weeks in beautiful Romania, we went to Serbia but were denied entrance at the. . . . .
Next stepsUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 08:55 am
Being free to travel, we now work out the next steps.Our goal is to migrate to a more welcoming country where we can get a residency and within few years also citizenship with a decent passport.So we are considering our options...Our best chance is to get a work contract, genuine. . . . .
Finally! Great newsUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 02:59 pm
Hello everyone! We are very excited about this update! Yesterday, after months of going and coming, we received our documents from the migration office, the residency cards and the refugee passports!!! It took only 5 months since we made the application for the documents, only 6.5 months since we were
ChangesUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 03:52 am
It's been a while since we last updated what's going on with our lives. 1. After we were granted a refugee status in October, we had to wait until the appointment in January in Migration office to submit the applications for a residency card and refugee passport, till this day. . . . .
Like a story from a bookUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 10:39 am
We gave interviews worldwide, but this one is truly special. Thank you Theo Panayides and Cyprus Mail for this beautifully written interview, revealing things that we never spoke of before, and giving a glimpse of our personalities.Theo is a film director and we felt like we're in a story from
Happy new yearUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 07:51 pm
During December we participated in the Pop-Up art festival in Nicosia. We had the opportunity to present our handmade goodies for sale. In these strange times of pandemic not many people came, but it was OK. In the photo: our cart shop on the street.Earlier this week, after waiting almost. . . . .
We've got news!!Update posted by Lital Ben Haim at 07:05 am
During our time as asylum seekers in Cyprus, out of them 10 months of homelessness, extreme hardship that is presented in the documentary film ASYLUM Love has no borders, media interviews worldwide, a fundraiser called Support Stateless Family that enables open hearted people to support our journey, and basically allowed. . . . .
ASYLUM - the premiere screening in PaphosUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 01:58 pm
It's out honor to invite you to the premiere screening of the documentary film about me (Israeli) and Vinas (Iranian) and our life as asylum seekers in Cyprus.The screening is in this Saturday in Paphos, Cyprus. All the info is in the photo.about the screening in the local media, Cyprus
Hand made crafts at great pricesUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 08:50 am
Hey all!When I first edited this fundraiser I set the rewards at a pricey range, thinking that as much as want to give something in return to each and everyone of you, since all I have is my beautiful hand made crafts, that take a lot of time to create,. . . . .
ASYLUM Love has no borders - full documentaryUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 07:44 am
It's been one year since we shared our incredible story with the world, a story of an Israeli and Iranian couple, seeking a political asylum in Cyprus, struggling to survive, just to be together. Over the past year, we were also interviewed for this 45 minutes documentary film by Reeltime. . . . .
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