Omar's Refugee Resettlement

Omar's Refugee Resettlement

From Gwyn Nichols

Omar's work with Afghan women's entrepreneurs put him in danger. He was already accepted as a US grad student before Kabul fell and he became a refugee. Many helped him escape, and now we are equipping him for school.

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Update #4

about 1 year ago

Something I have adopted from the Islamic tradition: the 99 Beautiful Names of God. Two of these names have hung on my walls the past few years. I was tutoring refugees who invited me to a mosque fundraiser where an artist had contributed 99 pieces. I purchased "The Patient One," and "The Sustaining," chosen primarily for their colors. (This artist favors magenta which I enjoy in my wardrobe more than my decorating. LOL.)

There was one day (my night) when Omar feared he would be killed within a day or two, and I said, "I am sure it was frightening just before the Red Sea parted!" We discussed our common roots as People of the Book and I sent him photos of my wall decor, including the Beautiful Names.

When he visited, he was eager to see this wall with "The Patient One." After waiting in terror for several months to be evacuated, and then safely waiting another month in Europe, Omar tells me he has overcome his fault of impatience. When we waited in a ridiculous line at Nordstrom's Last Chance, he said he would have been content to wait all day.

This image of The Patient One sustained him in his greatest trial. Now it is even more inspiring to me.

Thanks to all of you helped us fund the first half of our goal, including his new laptop!

He still needs to get through this month until his other funding sources take effect.

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His amazing accomplishments and hair-raising escape will make a great memoir someday, but for now, we need to hide his identity and many details of his story to protect his family. 

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Gwyn Nichols posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #4

Something I have adopted from the Islamic tradition: the 99 Beautiful Names of God. Two of these names have hung on my walls the past few years. I was tutoring refugees who invited me to a mosque fundraiser where an artist had contributed 99 pieces. I purchased "The Patient One," and "The Sustaining," chosen primarily for their colors. (This artist favors magenta which I enjoy in my wardrobe more than my decorating. LOL.)

There was one day (my night) when Omar feared he would be killed within a day or two, and I said, "I am sure it was frightening just before the Red Sea parted!" We discussed our common roots as People of the Book and I sent him photos of my wall decor, including the Beautiful Names.

When he visited, he was eager to see this wall with "The Patient One." After waiting in terror for several months to be evacuated, and then safely waiting another month in Europe, Omar tells me he has overcome his fault of impatience. When we waited in a ridiculous line at Nordstrom's Last Chance, he said he would have been content to wait all day.

This image of The Patient One sustained him in his greatest trial. Now it is even more inspiring to me.

Thanks to all of you helped us fund the first half of our goal, including his new laptop!

He still needs to get through this month until his other funding sources take effect.

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Gwyn Nichols posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #3

How fun to witness Omar's first impressions of the US and our state--like his surprise that GTO video games accurately portray our city and the enormity of our roads and cars. He is relieved to be here, easily pleased, and thankful for all your support! We have already made 37% of my financial goal!

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Gwyn Nichols posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #2

Omar arrived safely in the wee hours! Today, we visited the historic campus, and started outfitting him for his new life. As his American mom, I'm so proud of him, and so grateful for your support!

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Gwyn Nichols posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #1

We have already met 12% of our goal! Thank you to all who contributed, offered in-kind donations, and shared the news.

We are excited to welcome Omar tomorrow!

I'm simplifying the link and correcting the date. Saturday is correct; it's the 13th!!

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