Jun. 3rd, 2017

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Help me and my mother to not get deported.

Hi, my name is Sam (short for Ebtisam) and I’m coming to all of you as a person who is in desperate need given my current situation. 

I’m half-Yemeni/half-Filipino, born and raised in Saudi Arabia. My father is from Yemen and my mother is from Philippines. Approximately 20 years ago, they both left their home countries and came to Saudi Arabia to work and start a life of their own. They eventually met, fell in love, got married, and had 3 kids; I’m the youngest.

We are not Saudi citizens, so every year, we are required to renew our residence permits. There are two ways to get a residence permit if you’re a foreigner here. You are either 1) under the sponsorship of a male family member (father or brother) or; 2) under the sponsorship of the company you’re working with. At the moment, my mother and I are under the sponsorship of my brother because my father is no longer around.

As years go by, the payment for the residence permit renewal keeps getting bigger. In fact, just a year ago, they added medical insurance into it. We have never had a medical insurance before and it’s going to be the first time we’re gonna have it because it is mandatory.

Anyway, the cost for the residence permit and medical insurance for both my mom and I ranges from 5,000SR to 7,000SR (1,330$ to 1,860$, in the US currency). My family was doing just fine before because we had our parents to provide for us. However, 5 years ago, my father passed away and just months after we lost him, my mother fell into a serious illness. We thought she was just experiencing a headache but it turned out to be a stroke. She was admitted to the hospital shortly but it greatly affected her bodily abilities such as her speech coordination and locomotion. Thus, for her safety, the doctors suggested that she should stop working and just stay at home.

Up until now, it’s only my siblings and I who provide for ourselves as well as for our mother. But a year ago, my brother has lost his job and I, unfortunately, lost mine 6 months ago. Since then, we have never stopped submitting our resumes and attending job interviews; however, no one really called back. So currently, our bills are all piling up and if we still don’t have enough money to renew our residence permit by the end of this month, we’ll get deported to her home country, the Philippines. (Originally, I should be deported to Yemen because my nationality in my ID is Yemeni but since Yemen is at war right now and I’m a dual passport holder, I can exit to the Philippines.)

A few years back we almost encountered the same problem, we tried to reach out to our uncles. They did help us at the time but decided to cut their ties with us after the incident. We don’t have a lot of family in here and I’d ask my siblings for help but they’re already in so much debt.

I have lived my whole life here in Saudi Arabia - my family and friends are here, my dad was buried here, and I’m about 101% sure my mother doesn’t want to live in the Philippines anymore because she has already built her whole life here with us. Also, she said that she’d rather stay in the place where my father was buried.

So please, I am asking for you to help my mother and I renew our residence permit so we could stay here. I may not be a Saudi citizen but I was born and raised here and I consider this my home; this is my home.

If you could spare few dollars (you can choose any currency) I’ll be eternally grateful.

You can send them via Paypal.

My e-mail: e23baker@gmail.com

If you have time to share this, please do. Thank you so much.

** Originally, 4 days ago I posted this on Tumblr and Twitter only before deciding to start a GoFundMe with a help of a friend, but unfortunately - GoFundMe took down my campaign shortly because the country I live in is not supported. The total amount of donation I received so far from Paypal + GoFundMe is 340$. To everyone who donated, planning to donate, and shared this post - thank you from the bottom of my heart. **

You can now donate here: http://ift.tt/2rBMVCH

Hi again, to everyone who supported my campaign - thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. I’m ending the campaign soon as we are nearing the end of May. I hope you guys can continue sharing this post so people who are able to donate can see it. Again, thank you for donating and spreading the word!

!! Donating via credit card seems to be having a small issue, I was informed by a donor that they tried to donate via credit card and it was rejected three times. To anyone who is facing the same issue, donating via PayPal (directly to my Paypal or YouCaring) is the best option. Thank you! !!

Today is last day (28th of May) please help and keep sharing for the last time? 😞

Just a few more hours before I end the campaign, I desperately need all the help I can get. Thank you. 💙

Hey guys, I just want to thank everyone who donated!

Kim, Yasmeen, Liana, Alexa, Freya, Hayley, Tegan, Charlène, Fakhrul, Elisha, Valeria, Taylor, Victoria, Samantha T., Darleen, Laurene, Isabella, Kaitlin, Corie-Anne, Gilbert, Sarah VDE., Emily, Ashvini, Anja, Elena, Sarah M., Maria Jose, Molly, Sangavai, Aino, Nina, Aisha, Tonya, Trash Designs, Meredith, Emma, Ebtesam, Vincent, Samantha S., Sabrina, Leticia, Blossom, Megan, Katharine, Rebecca, Vivian, Nyda, Alison, Lillian, Stephanie, Jazmin, Suvi, Scott, Samantha B., Jennifer and Henry. (I’ve been friends and mutuals with some of you over the years, and I’m so sorry if I forgot anyone.) An endless thank you to all of you and to everyone who shared my campaign, some of you even more than once.

I hope one day I get to repay the kindness you all showed me. ❤️

Hello again! I’m truly sorry if this is bothering you already but since the goal reached 55% (I still need at least 70%), I will leave the YouCaring link open until June 3rd for anyone who still wants to donate.
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Tips That Can Save Your Kid’s Life.


When I was a child, from the time I was about four and could understand things, my mom told me and my brother that we should have a secret word. That way, if we were ever in trouble or felt unsafe and we didn’t want the people around us to know we needed her to come get us, we could let her know. So she let us pick the word and my brother and I chose the phrase “peanut butter cups.” (I’m happy to share the phrase now since both my brother and I are adults now). 

I used the phrase twice in my life. Once, I was at a friends house when I eight years old. Her dad got really drunk and was throwing things against the wall. I was really scared and I didn’t want to draw attention to myself on the phone when I called my mom to come get me because I didn’t know if he would get more violent if I asked her to come get me. So I called her and was calm and after a couple minutes I asked “Hey mommy, did you get me those peanut butter cups from the store?” And she said “I’ll be right there.” And she came and got me within minutes. 

Second, I was a teenager spending the night at a friends house. Her brother and dad were drinking and they started talking about things that made me uncomfortable - ie: what they liked to do to women. My friend didn’t seem perturbed and said that was normal for them and that I shouldn’t worry. But I was worried because they were really drunk and I was 15 and the only ‘woman’ around that wasn’t related to them. I went in my friends room, told her I needed to call my mom and say goodnight. Before I hung up with her I asked “Next time we go to the store, can we get some peanut butters cups? I’ve been craving them.” And she came and got me, just like that. 

Two incidents, one as a young child, one years later as a teen. Don’t discredit this stuff, it fucking works. My brother used it a few times too. Let your child pick the word and no never, ever, ever, ever get mad at them for using it no matter what it is. 


And if your child does tell you, for gods sakes BELIEVE THEM!!!!!!!!

my mom does this thing where if someone says “hey, your mom asked me to come pick you up!” and you don’t know them, ask what the secret animal is. for us, it’s not even an animal but something random like a piece of furniture for example. if they really were there to pick you up, my mom would have told them the “secret animal” and we’d know it was safe to go to them.


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