Help Hesam Escape LGBTQ+ Persecution and Start a New Life in Canada

At a time when it can seem that there is so much that we cannot control, you can make a real difference in someone’s life now. Help bring Hesam to Canada, where he will be free to be who he is, and where LOVE IS LOVE.

With global attention on the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be easy to forget that other pressing issues such as the refugee crisis, are still ongoing. Not only that, but they've been escalated by the pandemic as borders have intensified their regulations and delayed visa processing worldwide.

For refugees, this can prove detrimental and even fatal — especially in places where hate crimes are on the rise. And it may come as a shock to North Americans to hear that more than 70 countries still criminalize same sex relationships — punishable in 12 by death. To improve their quality of life and avoid discrimination, LGBTQ+ individuals are seeking refugee status in countries where they'll be more free to authentically express themselves without the fear of hateful repercussions. 

That's Why Hesam, an Iranian Refugee Stuck Passportless in Turkey, Needs Your Help

Hesam (not his real name to protect his identity) is a caring, artistic, young gay man who fled his home country of Iran and has been stuck living as a refugee in Turkey for the past five years. As one of millions of refugees in the country, Hesam's options are severely limited — it's too dangerous for him to return to Iran, and without a passport, he cannot easily seek a safer homebase. With anti-gay sentiments on the rise throughout the country, Turkey is an unsustainable substitute for the violence, intolerance and hate he fled in his previous home. No one should be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status. Our sponsorship group, "One Love Circle of Hope" is raising funds to bring Hesam to Canada as soon as possible, where he will be free to express himself and live life on his own terms.

Through Rainbow Refugee, We'll Help Hesam Build a New Life

That's where instrumental sponsorship programs such as Rainbow Refugee come in. In partnership with Canada's Federal Government, Rainbow Refugee helps facilitate sponsorships for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers worldwide. Through this program and with your help, One Love Circle of Hope will not only oversee Hesam's smooth arrival in Canada, but we'll also invest in his long-term success. "Sponsorship" here is much more than just monetary; it also means of providing ongoing social support, including opportunities for guidance, community and friendship building, and other forms of essential aid. Hesam has already faced immeasurable uncertainty and risks: we want to help Hesam's transition to a new language and society, so that he truly feels at home as he rebuilds his life once again.

Thank you so much for your support so far. We have met our first goal of raising $18,000 which has allowed us to start the application process, but we'll need to hit our target of at least $25,000 to ensure Hesam will have the support he needs throughout this transition. This will help support Hesam throughout the one-year application legal process. Once here, the remaining funds will aid in securing his accommodations, and providing him with clothing, food, transportation, and other forms of necessary assistance.

Please help us bring Hesam safely to Canada. Any donation will be appreciated and will make a big difference. If you can't donate, please consider sharing this with your networks. Thank you in advance for your support!

145 supporteurs voir tout

21 267 $ amassés sur 25 000 $

8 mois, 1 semaine restants
La collecte de fonds se termine 25 septembre 2021
Date de fin Nom du donateur Nom de l'organisme de bienfaisance Montant
13 janvier 2021 10:24 Tyrell Gough Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
7 janvier 2021 15:58 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 97,55 $
24 décembre 2020 21:07 Priya Parekh Rainbow Refugee 15,00 $
21 décembre 2020 04:39 Priya Parekh Rainbow Refugee 75,00 $
All love for Hesam!
18 décembre 2020 21:04 Jacqueline Adler Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
Almost there! Love to Hesam.
16 décembre 2020 19:03 Jason Kobelka Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
Donation on behalf of Jarrod and Silvana V.
16 décembre 2020 19:03 Jason Kobelka Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
Donation on behalf of Lindsay and Justin K.
16 décembre 2020 19:03 Jason Kobelka Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Best Wishes, Hesam
13 décembre 2020 18:24 Alexander Hird Rainbow Refugee 1 250,00 $
12 décembre 2020 12:56 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 200,00 $
Hi Hesam Your story touched my heart! I wish for you a very happy and free life in Canada. Michael
8 décembre 2020 20:57 Jacqueline Adler Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
Grateful for all the generous donations and support. Here is another to assist our Circle of Hope's efforts to bring Hesam to Canada!
4 décembre 2020 15:39 Kylen Sabey Rainbow Refugee 30,00 $
All the best to Hesam on his journey to Canada!
3 décembre 2020 11:48 Jacqueline Adler Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
Getting close to our goal! So happy to make another donation to help our Circle bring Hesam to Canada!
1 décembre 2020 21:18 Michael Ciebin Rainbow Refugee 500,00 $
1 décembre 2020 20:30 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
30 novembre 2020 10:48 Rebecca Kerswell Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
29 novembre 2020 20:48 Brittany Morris Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
Love from Britt, Jeff and Sabs
28 novembre 2020 06:52 Dario Meli Rainbow Refugee 2 150,00 $
25 novembre 2020 23:05 Danielle Zagar Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Hope this helps you get to Canada!
24 novembre 2020 22:39 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
24 novembre 2020 14:09 Dan Abrams Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
24 novembre 2020 09:52 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
24 novembre 2020 00:17 Jane Halton Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
24 novembre 2020 00:09 Jessica Robin Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
23 novembre 2020 21:15 Adam Hoffmann Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
23 novembre 2020 20:06 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
23 novembre 2020 19:56 Sheryl Gray Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
23 novembre 2020 15:38 Taylor Copeland Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
23 novembre 2020 14:52 Morris Law Rainbow Refugee 400,00 $
The team at Morris Law is wishing Hesam all the best on his journey to Canada!
23 novembre 2020 11:34 Erin O’Neill Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
20 novembre 2020 13:21 Liz Bell Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
A helping hand to Hesam.... may he be able to start a new life here in Canada soon. lb xxx
19 novembre 2020 16:44 Adam Graham Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
19 novembre 2020 14:24 Nicholas Janson Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
18 novembre 2020 16:53 Chase Webb Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
<3
17 novembre 2020 18:31 Oliver Hayden Rainbow Refugee 109,00 $
Helping you cross the $15k mark! Such a great cause, hope Hesam makes it safely to Canada soon!
16 novembre 2020 18:22 Emily Wushke Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
15 novembre 2020 19:37 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 151,00 $
12 novembre 2020 17:06 Rory Dubois Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
<3
10 novembre 2020 17:46 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
10 novembre 2020 09:14 Terry DiMonte Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Hope you reach this goal soon in this noble effort. Thanks Jacqueline & Charles
9 novembre 2020 13:58 Aamer Sroujieh Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
9 novembre 2020 12:53 Louise Mcknight Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
While you do not know personally those you support Rainbow Refugee not that you are loved and welcomed. Friends we have not yet met ?? Louise
9 novembre 2020 11:51 Lyndsay L Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
8 novembre 2020 23:22 Jacqueline Adler Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
Over 100 donations! Here is to surpassing the $18,000 mark so Hesam's application process can begin.
8 novembre 2020 23:22 Jacqueline Adler Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
Over 100 donations! Here is to surpassing the $18,000 mark so Hesam's application process can begin.
8 novembre 2020 01:34 Todd Pappas Rainbow Refugee 200,00 $
Good on you for creating awareness of a great foundation and cause!
7 novembre 2020 18:31 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
Hesam, we wish you success with all of the exciting things to come!
5 novembre 2020 15:07 Paula Krawus Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
5 novembre 2020 10:54 Shirley Elias Rainbow Refugee 200,00 $
5 novembre 2020 00:46 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
4 novembre 2020 15:55 Ben L Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Canada welcomes you!
3 novembre 2020 16:13 Haley Cameron Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
2 novembre 2020 18:28 Jhames Almeida Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
Thanks for caring for those who need and supporting our community where they need the most. Welcome Hasem.
31 octobre 2020 13:06 Jesse Copeland Rainbow Refugee 75,00 $
30 octobre 2020 00:24 Jacqueline Adler Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
We are now half way there!
30 octobre 2020 00:17 Jacqueline Adler Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
Almost half way there!!!
29 octobre 2020 11:38 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
Thank you for all the love and care you have for other people, hope this helps in any way
29 octobre 2020 00:50 Maximus Media Rainbow Refugee 30,00 $
28 octobre 2020 20:23 Lisa & Michelle EWU Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
28 octobre 2020 19:02 Jacqueline Adler Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
Love to Hesam!
28 octobre 2020 16:14 Ryan Guptill Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
27 octobre 2020 16:10 Robin Richards Rainbow Refugee 20,00 $
25 octobre 2020 19:52 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 10,00 $
It’s little but hope it helps.
25 octobre 2020 13:04 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
24 octobre 2020 12:21 Ghazaleh Keshavarz Rainbow Refugee 80,00 $
In the hope of human rights and freedom in Iran ??
23 octobre 2020 12:04 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 500,00 $
23 octobre 2020 09:49 Stephanie Lee Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
So proud of you B! Sending so much love for a beautiful new beginning for Hesam!
23 octobre 2020 03:16 Agustian Hermanto Rainbow Refugee 200,00 $
22 octobre 2020 12:20 Catherine Phan Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
Love
22 octobre 2020 10:06 Nicole Broeckling Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
22 octobre 2020 07:39 Jason V Rainbow Refugee 150,00 $
21 octobre 2020 20:31 Lindsey Ard Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
21 octobre 2020 16:29 Shelagh Weekes Rainbow Refugee 55,00 $
Good luck , such a positive project.
21 octobre 2020 14:51 Marina Rometsch Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
You guys are wonderful humans love Marina & Sean
21 octobre 2020 03:10 Jesper Annerstedt Rainbow Refugee 5,00 $
21 octobre 2020 00:04 Francisco Passuelo Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
??
20 octobre 2020 23:11 jamie layno Rainbow Refugee 200,00 $
This is amazing B sending love and support to Hesam!
20 octobre 2020 21:26 Andrew Silaj Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
Welcome to Canada!
20 octobre 2020 20:45 Heather Linka Rainbow Refugee 60,00 $
20 octobre 2020 20:13 Cohen Landherr Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Paul and Sid, amazing work guys ! Big kisses Cohen
20 octobre 2020 19:24 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Sending you love and support!! Xo
20 octobre 2020 14:21 Jenna Mckenna Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
20 octobre 2020 13:31 Milena Constanda Rainbow Refugee 30,00 $
20 octobre 2020 12:56 West Haven Group Rainbow Refugee 150,00 $
20 octobre 2020 00:37 Andy von Schellwitz Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
???????????
19 octobre 2020 13:39 Dan Aysan Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
19 octobre 2020 12:35 Tom Chute Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
19 octobre 2020 11:12 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
19 octobre 2020 09:54 Brett Hagardt Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
19 octobre 2020 02:13 JP Villafuerte Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
This is so special, B!
18 octobre 2020 22:51 Robin Richards Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
18 octobre 2020 22:25 Meredith van der Kooy Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
18 octobre 2020 20:56 David Weekes Rainbow Refugee 150,00 $
18 octobre 2020 20:56 David Weekes Rainbow Refugee 150,00 $
??
18 octobre 2020 16:19 Todd Hoye Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
18 octobre 2020 13:47 Scott McQuade Rainbow Refugee 125,00 $
18 octobre 2020 13:22 Dindin Montoya Rainbow Refugee 150,00 $
18 octobre 2020 13:14 Paisley Boone Rainbow Refugee 200,00 $
Such a great cause <3
17 octobre 2020 14:49 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 10,00 $
17 octobre 2020 13:35 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
17 octobre 2020 09:59 Kelly Bergeron Rainbow Refugee 10,00 $
16 octobre 2020 23:04 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
Blessings for a smooth transition to Canada. I hope to one day get send you a welcome message.
16 octobre 2020 23:04 Pamela Kadach Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
16 octobre 2020 23:01 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 20,00 $
16 octobre 2020 21:53 Debbie Seida Rainbow Refugee 15,00 $
Let's get him to Canada!
16 octobre 2020 16:11 Carlos Alvarado Rainbow Refugee 20,00 $
16 octobre 2020 15:50 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 500,00 $
This is so awesome, so glad you're doing this :)
16 octobre 2020 15:12 Amanda Lehman-Choi Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
16 octobre 2020 13:01 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
16 octobre 2020 12:43 Alejandro & Mejia Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
16 octobre 2020 11:27 Andres Alvarez Rainbow Refugee 150,00 $
??????
16 octobre 2020 08:22 Jonathan Ricci Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
16 octobre 2020 07:34 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
I hope that you can make your way to Canada very soon to start a new and wonderful life that you deserve.
16 octobre 2020 05:34 Rachel Mclean Rainbow Refugee 25,00 $
16 octobre 2020 04:07 Casey Archibald Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
Beautiful initiative!
16 octobre 2020 02:39 Jadyn Aguilar Martinez Rainbow Refugee 200,00 $
16 octobre 2020 00:31 Alec Eger Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
16 octobre 2020 00:13 Tyler Brewer Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
15 octobre 2020 23:57 Rodrigo Arias Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Bring back my gorl!
15 octobre 2020 23:48 Fatemeh Nejatali Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
15 octobre 2020 22:44 Karon Blandino Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Sending love and support to Hesam! Let’s get him to Canada!!
15 octobre 2020 22:39 Maxi Garcia Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
15 octobre 2020 22:14 Julia Rocho Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
15 octobre 2020 22:12 Kuo-Chin Shih Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Love that you're doing this!
15 octobre 2020 22:10 Mathew Mckenzie Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
15 octobre 2020 22:08 Kevin Mazzone Rainbow Refugee 200,00 $
15 octobre 2020 22:08 Kieran Morris Rainbow Refugee 200,00 $
15 octobre 2020 22:05 Marin Nelson Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Xo
15 octobre 2020 18:56 Derek & Kate Whyte Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Great initiative Brennan!
15 octobre 2020 18:05 Jesse Adamson Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
15 octobre 2020 17:52 Ray Khan Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
In love with this ??
15 octobre 2020 17:51 Jason Nanner Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
15 octobre 2020 17:26 Kelly Sherstobitoff Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
So proud of you B and the whole team for this initiative. xo
15 octobre 2020 17:05 Clay Brown Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
Can’t wait to bring Hesam to a Sunday afternoon at PumpJack. Thanks for pushing such a great cause Brennan!
15 octobre 2020 15:38 Georgia Tucker Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
15 octobre 2020 15:24 Scott Lyon Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
15 octobre 2020 15:13 Mario Sosa Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
House of Problematica represent.
15 octobre 2020 14:50 Ernesto Flores Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Gay Rights!
15 octobre 2020 14:47 Victoria Phan Rainbow Refugee 250,00 $
15 octobre 2020 14:40 Nicolette Williams Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $
15 octobre 2020 13:54 Aaron Brady Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
15 octobre 2020 13:37 Tiffany Ellis Rainbow Refugee 100,00 $
Thanks for leading the way to inclusivity! You have all our support for Hesam and his journey to Canada. Xx Tiffany, Calder & Ethan
15 octobre 2020 09:38 Jacqueline Adler Rainbow Refugee 2 500,00 $
Sending love to Hesam, Rainbow Refugee, and the One Love Circle of Hope members.
8 octobre 2020 22:16 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 150,00 $
25 septembre 2020 20:14 Anonyme Rainbow Refugee 50,00 $