Our volunteers are the ones making everything possible and making this organization thrive and saving more lives, here are the people behind all of the hard work:
I was looking for a part time volunteer work because I am passionate about helping others. In September 2015, a friend told me about this humanitarian group who provide assistance to refugees on their way from Turkey to the European Union. I got trained and started working for the organization in November 2015, as a translator. This work is an unforgettable part of my life, and I enjoyed working with everyone in United.
I would like to thank all members for the guidance and support I have gotten here.
My name is Mazen and I am from Homs, Syria. Before the war I was studying in the Faculty of Law of Damascus University. Now I have been living in Sweden since June, 2015. I joined United Rescue Aid so that I can use my language skills to help others. I understand how those who are suffering now in boats crossing the Mediterranean Sea feel, because I went on this same journey. I hope that the war will end soon so we can live in peace and dignity.
This “duty” is the least I can do as a human person. And even if it´s a lot of sadness, there is also joy and happiness.
I am thankful for being a part of United Rescue Aids crew, and it´s wonderful to work with people that are spreading love across all borders!
It is a lot of work. But it´s necessary work, and every day is a new journey with possibilities. We just have to see it!
I am Swedish but are living in Norway, I am 37 years old and work as a forklift driver. I am also the mother of a 2 year old boy.
I have been involved since august 2015 and the wake up call of Alan Kurdis’ picture combined with the traumatic experiences involving saving people’s lives is what keeps me doing 12 hour shifts for months.
I am hoping that the wars will end soon and that we can go back to our normal lives. I have made big sacrifices but have made friends for life and learned a lot about myself <3
I am 32 years old, and a Fashion Designer, living in Sweden since April 2015
I departed from Syria 2013 because of the war, and I thought I would get to Sweden within 15 days, but it took me about 20 months because I got stuck in Turkey and Greece for a very long time. After being exploited and robbed by smugglers, risking my life several times, left without any help – I finally made it to Sweden.
I made it, but there are thousands more trying to make the same journey, risking their lives for a life in safety and dignity, I know how they feel and what they are going through.
I can’t close my eyes and do nothing for all people and children sinking on the shores of Europe, so I started researching on the Facebook pages for a way to help these people and through my friend I joined United Rescue Aid as an Arabic translator between refugees and the organization and I am so happy to be a part of it
As human beings , we don’t know the meaning of happiness if we didn’t feel the bid and did our best offer to earn our life on this planet.
I am a 33-year old woman living in Sweden, and am the mother of two wonderful boys. Last fall, 2015, my sister came across a Facebook group that made it possible with just a phone call to save a group of people from drowning, naturally she thought I could be interested and added me to this group.
I immediately was intrigued by the possibility to help saving lives so “easily” and I started to help the admins of this group making phone calls to coastguards and locating nearest help. After about a month I was invited to be one of the admins and to handling cases myself with the help from others and I happily accepted and started doing more work, and I am so happy to be a part of it.
I volunteer in this organization because even though it is quit tough it is also so rewarding when you see that all your work has resulted in fewer lives lost at sea or land, and people get helped on their way to safety.