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Single Mom with a Chronic Illness Urgently needs a Car

Sahar is a convert to Islam, and single mother to two teens, one of which is autistic. She has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of an Autoimmune Disease and is in dire need of purchasing a car.

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  • Purchasing Car and Insurance $10,000

Sahar is a Canadian single mother of two daughters. She converted to Islam and moved to the Middle East in 2007 but was forced to escape from a physically abusive marriage with a religious scholar. When she returned to Canada, she was not only diagnosed with an autoimmune disease but found herself ostracized from her family as well as her husband’s followers in the Muslim community. She has since been living under the poverty line while trying to provide for her daughters, one of whom was diagnosed with autism. 

"Having an advanced Autoimmune Disease has meant that many days I can't get out of bed. It also means I am in the hospital for infusions, tests or scans every single month"

Sahar has been struggling to give opportunities to her daughters but her health limitations compounded with the physical, mental and emotional demands of raising an autistic child have drastically affected the quality of their lives. Despite her trials, Sahar has held on to her spiritual identity. Upon seeing her desperation and high needs, she has been approached by many Muslim men, offering her money and groceries in exchange for temporary marriage. Her desperation, however, fueled her instead to go back to school to enable her to work from home. 

Sahar is currently trying to pursue a diploma at a college so that she can apply to a Social Work program. She has been striving to be self-sufficient, but being in school and managing a chronic illness has made it impossible to work or fund the extra demands of a high-maintenance autistic child. Some months they struggle to buy groceries.

Sahar never asks others for help and often tries to help others instead. But she needs support. With your funding, the family will be able to purchase a used car that the family desperately needs.

Sahar has been taking IV infusion for over 10 years every 6 weeks. Without this she is in excruciating pain. The side effects leave her in bed for days after the infusion. This medicine has also been linked to increased heart and liver disease as well as cancer.

Sahar has to visit the hospital every 5-6 weeks for IV infusion to manage the inflammation and pain in her body. Even in her condition, she takes the bus or rides her bike all through the winter to get her groceries or to get to school. When her disease flares up, she is required to go into the Emergency for treatment, and is forced to use taxis which come from money that could be used for food.  She spends $3,600 a year on bus passes for herself and her daughters and they have experienced islamophobic threats and physical assaults on the subway. In Ramadan, April 2023 Sahar's daughter was attacked from behind on the subway by a random man. They often feel scared to leave their home. 

 Sahar has felt forgotten for a long time now. She has been fighting and struggling for her needs, but her health is deteriorating. Sahar now needs our help. Sahar's children do not have any other family to rely on. She worries about their future if she dies from this disease. Let us help Sahar purchase a car so she can get some of the support she needs. 

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