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.