This heat breaking photo of a Sryian refugee man selling blue ballpoint pens on the streets of Lebanon while carrying his young daughter went viral – it has raise over $170,000 on Indiegogo.com
— Gissur Simonarson CN (@GissiSim) August 25, 2015
After the photo of Syrian refugee went viral, the internet track down Abdul Haleem al-Kader. Gissur Simonarson explains how he tried to help Abdul Kader and his 9-years-old daughter
I (@GissiSim) shared two photos of a Syrian Refugee and his sleeping daughter selling pens on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. I was overwhelmed with requests to help this man, so I decided to see if I could locate them. Within 30 min of tweeting the photo with @Conflicts account, I was pointed to a twitter user @CaptainMaj, who told me that he saw this man every day around his house. Next I got contacted by Jessy El Murr (@JessyTrendSKY) from Sky News Arabia who got me in touch with Carol Malouf (@carolmalouf) who runs an aid organization Lebanese4Refugees. Long story short, we were able to find him and now have a secure way to get this man the money we raise here.Thank you to everyone who has supported this. It’s nice to see people come together and make a difference in another persons life.
I was surprised to know that people abroad heard about my story and care about my kids,” Kader told BuzzFeed News. “I couldn’t hold my tears. I kept saying, ‘Thank god, thank god,’ and hugging my kids.
I don’t need money. All I want is to educate my kids,” Kader repeatedly told BuzzFeed News, “send them to school, help them to get their education.
— #BuyPens (@Buy_Pens) August 27, 2015
Simonarson says that he’s currently working with UNICEF to find out a way to turn over the funds raised for Abdul and his family. You can help Abdul Kader and his 9 year old daughter by donating money on Indiegogo