“Rockets would rain down on us and we wouldn’t even know where they came from.” Abdul Halim al-Attar, a sweets factory worker from Syria, decided to flee the war in 2012. He arrived in Beirut with his family and tried to find a job, but in vain. Abdul was desperate, he needed money. So, he ended up selling pens… on the streets.😢
In reality, no one had ever heard of Abdul. He was just another Syrian refugee, until the above amateur photographs of him and his daughter went viral!
At that moment, Abdul’s life was about to change forever. People started looking for him. Online, an activist from Norway and a Lebanese journalist launched a crowdfunding campaign. The initial goal was to raise $5k for the struggling family. Well, that goal was reached in thirty minutes! At the end, the campaign raised a staggering $190k.🙌
What did Abdul do next? He went to work. His first task was making sure his kids were back in school. He then decided to launch a restaurant in Beirut. His business quickly took off, and he now owns several restaurants with tens of employees. Most of his employees are refugees, who would otherwise be struggling just like he was.
But that’s not all. After things improved, Abdul began sending money to his family in Syria to help their local communities. “Not only did my life change, but also the lives of my children and the lives of people in Syria whom I helped,” Abdul told Telegraph.
Abdul and his kids with Carol Maalouf, the Lebanese journalist who helped out.
KEEP IN MIND THAT…
- Relief could come at any moment when you’re going through hard times. Stay hopeful!
- Going viral, and the ability to quickly rally a lot of people around your project, can change your business and life overnight. It’s something worth investing in.
- Despite all the bad news emphasized by the media, most people are still good, generous and helpful. This is the big picture in a world that often looks crazy.
- Facts as told by CNN.
- Picture 1 source: @Az_Aloudah on Twitter.
- Picture 2 source: @GissiSim on Twitter.
© Story by Tarek Issa.