What if you thought your parents were dead for 24 years then discovered they were alive? Donate now. Help Tina reunite in person with her parents and brothers for the first time since 1993!
In December 2016, Tina Kanyeba, along with her husband, Willy Chibangu and their seven children arrived in the United States from a refugee camp in Namibia. They had escaped horrific experiences in their home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 6 years earlier. We came to know Tina, Willy and their family as mentors with Catholic Community Services (a refugee resettlement agency). We have been touched by their courage and resilience as they have shared their stories with us. Despite their experiences, they are loving and happy people.
One of the most touching experiences has been to see Tina reconnect with her parents and brothers. As a 12 year old in 1993, she came home from school to find her home destroyed and her family gone! She was taken in by a local pastor and assumed for the next 24 years that her family was dead. When she arrived in the United States in 2016 and joined Facebook, a miracle occurred! She learned that her parents and brothers were alive and living in Canada. They have communicated frequently over the internet but desperately want to see each other in person!
Along with other friends, we have assisted Tina and Willy and the children to get their green cards. Once they have Refugee Travel Permits, they can travel over the border to Canada for a very overdue reunion. As you can imagine, this won't be a cheap trip for a family of 9 (soon to be 10 as Tina is expecting another little boy this summer). They are working to support their family and to establish themselves here in Utah, but there are not extra funds for travel. This is where we can use your help! Any amount will help make this reunion a reality!
Think back to when you were 12 or 13 years old.
Imagine one day you hug your parents and leave for school like any other day.
But when you return home that afternoon, you find your home has been ransacked. Your parents and siblings are gone. They've disappeared. Days, weeks, months, and years pass until eventually you are certain they must be dead. Until one day. 24 years later, you find a clue that they just might be alive.
This is an amazing story of heartbreaking loss, miraculous events, and a joyous reunion just waiting to happen with your help. This is Tina.
Meet Willy and their seven beautiful children.
After fleeing Congo, they lived in refugee camps for a number of years. Until in 2016 they arrived in America as legal refugees, brought here by the United States government after fleeing the violence in their home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Little did Tina know she was now less than 1,000 miles from her parents and siblings who arrived in Canada as legal refugees several years earlier.
My dad so nice [as a] parent. My mom, was [such] a beautiful mom.
When was the last time you saw your parents?
Last time was 1993. 25 years.
Help Tina hug her parents for the first time in 25 years and help her parents meet their grandchildren and their son-in-law. For the first time in person.
Please donate $5 or $10 or $50 or $100. Any amount will help. Go to GoFundMe.com/HelpTinaK. If you'd like to hear more of this story, keep watching. You'll hear how Tina and her parents found each other through Facebook and you'll see the reaction of Tina, her husband and children as they watched 4th of July fireworks for their first Independence Day in America. They were pretty excited. But first, please visit GoFundMe.com/HelpTinaK to make a donation. And, share this video with your friends.
One day, in 1993, Tina came home from school only to discover that violence had swept through her community and her parents and siblings had disappeared. If you had believed your parents were dead since 1993 and suddenly found out they were alive, how long would it take before you bought a plane ticket to go visit them in person with your husband and children?
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