Helping immigrant families: the stories of success

War, poverty, trafficking. These are just some of the challenges many immigrants and refugees had to run away from. Leaving everything behind and risking their lives only to seek refuge in countries like America, they hoped for better lives away from the nightmares they grew up in.

But life isn’t easy, even for these poor souls that have traveled a long way with just their shadows as companies.

These are the moments that give birth to amazing stories of generosity, hope, and love. Through sites like GoFundMe, ordinary people are able to help immigrants and their families.

Here are stories of success that will bring back your faith in humanity.

Charlotte and David Willner with President Clayton Rose

Charlotte and David Willner

This couple gained popularity recently, earning praise for breaking the record for fundraising for immigrant children.

Charlotte and David Willner from Silicon Valley live with their two-year-old daughter. According to reports, the couple decided to take action and raise funds when they saw the now infamous photo of a Honduran girl crying while her mother was being detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

The heartbreaking photo was captured by Getty photographer John Moore who only had time to ask the mother and daughter where they were from.

The couple decided to raise funds that will go directly to The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). This is a group that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees.

The fundraiser was posted on Facebook this June. It blew up and went viral. Initially, the fundraiser started at $1,500 until people were donating around $4,000 every minute.

As of writing, the total fund collected is over $20.7 million.


David Bilger, Robin Korevaar, and Leann Burger

“Bombings were a constant threat.”

This was what Baset, a 17-year-old Afghan trumpet player said when he was asked about his experience in Afghanistan. Baset was a student at Afghanistan National Institute of Music which taught both Afghan and Western music. But the school was a constant target for insurgents as they reserve slots for girls – a strictly forbidden rule under the Taliban regime.

After ANIM’s trumpet teacher left the school, Baset was left behind without an instructor.

Not giving up on his dreams, he turned to the internet to teach himself. That’s when he came across David Bilger, Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Baset reached out to him, and soon after, David offered free lessons for the young boy via Skype.

Baset soon approached David to talk about his dream of learning music in America. With the help of Robin Korevaar, a former visiting teacher in ANIM, they were able to raise funds to bring Baset to America in 2016.

But the story doesn’t end there.

Baset has to have the money to stay in America for college. With the help of Leann Burger, a new campaign was launched. It successfully raised over $85,000 for the young boy.


Gissur Simonarson

One of the most unforgettable events of 2015 was when a Syrian refugee and his sleeping daughter went viral. It was one of the most memorable photos that showed the plights of a refugee seeking shelter away from war.

The man, named Abdul Halim al-Attar, can be seen selling pens to motorists under the scorching heat of the sun, with his sleeping daughter on his shoulders. It was the only way he was able to earn money and provide food for his family.

The photo garnered so much attention until Gissur Simonarson, a journalist and web developer in Norway started a fundraiser for the man. After posting the pictures, he was overwhelmed with requests to help the man.

The fundraiser was known as “buying pens,” and it was launched to get enough money for the family to survive

The goal was to raise $5,000 for the family. But it went overboard and garnered over $189,000. Everything was given to Abdul and his family.

Now, according to the Telegraph, Abdul is in a much better place with three business: a bakery, a kebab shop, and a small restaurant. His daughter has also gone back to school, and his family moved to a two-bedroom apartment.

Apart from investing, Abdul also sent some money to his fellow refugees in Syria.


Heroes of Today

Becoming a hero in somebody else’s story takes courage. In a world filled with war, vanity, and chaos, it’s hard to take time to actually listen to other people’s story – to think about others rather than ourselves.

These people may have only clicked a few buttons on the internet. But they have opened and paved a pathway for these immigrants and refugees to a better future.

They are not the only heroes in these stories. These people who never gave up protecting their families and reaching their dreams the ones who are truly strong.

7 Things You Don’t Know About Elon Musk’s Children

Elon Musk. Even his name exudes (pun intended) a certain level of mystery.

As the founder SpaceX, business magnate, and investor, Musk is considered as one of the most influential personalities today because of his contributions to society and space travel.  Born in South Africa, this man’s origins were not a barrier to what he would eventually give to the world.

Elon Musk Unmasked

Currently, there are tons of trivia about Elon Musk available online, aside from his official descriptions as the billionaire who co-founded PayPal and Tesla. He also makes things out of sci-fi movies a reality— literally. People have consistently termed him as the “real-life Tony Stark” the genius-playboy-billionaire-philanthropist-hero of Marvel.

But what most people don’t know (or may only catch glimpses of) is that Musk has a highly turbulent personal life. Like many men with big aspirations, the 47-year-old technology and business mogul cannot seem to find the perfect woman to settle down with.

In fact, a report revealed that he isn’t very keen when it comes to talking about his personal life on a regular basis despite his celebrity status. He even claimed to prefer “sticking a fork in [his] hand” than reveal details of his personal life on one article where he was forced to clarify some “inaccuracies” about his divorce with his first wife, Justine Wilson.

One thing that was revealed over the years that makes Elon Musk like any other average Joe is his fear of being alone. In fact, there was one time when he admitted that the only thing he wanted as a child was never to be alone.

This may also be the reason why he can’t seem to stay put in a romantic relationship as he has been married thrice (once with Justine Wilson and twice with British actress Talulah Riley) and decided to father as many children as he can.

Still, there is still a lot that needs to be uncovered about Elon Musk and his personal life – and that includes his mysterious children.

The Musketeers: 7 Things You Don’t Know About Elon Musk’s Children

With all his wealth, revolutionary ideas, and unending contributions to society, Elon Musk must definitely have an heir.

Fortunately, he has a handful of them. After 8 years of marriage, Musk and his first wife had five children: Kai, Xavier, Saxon, Griffin, and Damian.

Now, we are here to uncover 7 things most people don’t know about these five siblings.

  1. Elon Musk has five sons, but he actually fathered six. Nevada Alexander Musk, his first-born with ex-wife Justine Wilson, died when he was only 10 weeks old. He passed away after succumbing to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a condition characterized by inexplicable death of children less than one year of age.
  2. Elon Musk’s five sons included one set of twins and one set of triplets born in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Quite possibly, this was a result of multiple embryos getting implanted when Musk and his first wife opted for in vitro fertilization. Some people claim that IVF increases the chance of getting pregnant with twins or more.
  3. Although they are already divorced and living separate lives, Elon and Justine share custody of their children. In fact, he revealed that the custody was evenly split between the two of them.
  4. One of Elon Musk’s sons is named Xavier, after Professor Charles Xavier, the telepathic and powerful leader of the X-Men. Unsurprisingly, the SpaceX founder is also quite the comics aficionado.
  5. All of Elon Musk’s children are enrolled in a secret school called “Ad Astra,” which means “to the stars” in Latin. In this peculiar academe, classes involve exploring robotics, dealing with artificial intelligence that may go rogue, and practically every unconventional topic that isn’t being discussed in other schools. Also, students of the school aren’t being graded on their work, making it quite enticing for many people who vied for the 12 spots for a class at Ad Astra.
  6. Elon Musk absolutely adores his sons. Although this must be a given for all dads in the world, it is quite interesting to see someone as busy as the Tesla co-founder to have enough time to spend with them. And Musk spends plenty of time with his children whom he affectionately referred to as the “loves of my life.”
  7. People thought that indie singer Claire “Grimes” Boucher is Elon Musk’s daughter. One photo of the “thrillionaire” posing with his son and Grimes became the talk of the town when she appeared like his daughter instead of his girlfriend. Some even noted how Musk looked like a single dad with his son and daughter, posing for a family picture. But, as mentioned earlier in this article, Musk only has five living children who are all male.