Meet Our Refugee Friends

Our beneficiaries have names, stories and dreams that are worthy to be heard. And with some help, they will have the opportunity to start a new life in Portugal!

Curious to learn more? Check out our frequently asked questions.

Our Dreams

  • Get the family back together.
  • Learn how to read and speak in Portuguese.
  • Feel integrated in our community.

Ahmad and Gazal

SYRIA – ID: 001

Marhabaan! I’m 54 and my wife is 61 years is old. We come from the exotic country of Syria. We left our home in Aleppo as refugees due to a devastating civil war. We arrived in Portugal at the end of 2017. Currently we are learning to speak English and Portuguese here at the Lisbon Project to help us to integrate into Lisbon, and getting acquainted in our neighbourhood. You want to know what makes us happy? When we dance with our fellow Syrians and teach the others. Shukraan!

My Dreams

  • To be able to visit my family in Germany and Iraq.
  • To be well established in Portugal so I can study in university​​.

Azad

IRAQ – ID: 002

Sillaw! I’m 23 years old. I come from the historical country of Iraq. I left home as a refugee in order to save my life. I arrived in Portugal mid 2017. Right now I am working in the kitchen of a restaurant. You want to know what makes me laugh? When Barcelona beats hard on Real Madrid, yeah! Sipas dekem!

Our Dreams

  • Ali dreams to open his own pizzeria restaurant.
  • To be able to provide education and opportunities for all the kids.
  • Access to good family healthcare system.

Ali and Chiman

IRAQ – ID: 003

Sillaw, we are Ali and Chiman. I’m 41 and my wife is 34 years old. We come from the ancient country of Iraq. We left home as refugees due to a devastating civil war. We arrived in Portugal in in the beginning of 2018. Ali is currently working in the distribution department of a supermarket and he loves his job. We have three loud and crazy small kids, and my two daughters have the most beautiful eyes in the whole world. Sipas dekem!

My Dreams

  • Finish universities studies in ISCTE in Informatics Engineering.
  • To be self-sustained will a full time job.
  • To get health assistance.

Faisal

SYRIA – ID: 004

Marhabaan, my name is Faisal, I’m 26 years old and I come from the country where the Euphrates river runs beautifully: My Syria. I left home as a refugee due to a devastating civil war. I arrived in Portugal at the end of 2017. Here in Portugal I was able to sign in ISCTE and I’m having the opportunity of chasing my dream of studying and finishing university. If I could travel for holidays, you know where I would you go? To the greek islands, to enjoy the beach and the great food. Shukraan!

Our Dreams

  • To be a self-sustained family and to have our own home
  • To learn how to read and speak in Portuguese
  • Rawaa to be integrated in the high school

Rama, Rawaa and Magd

SYRIA – ID: 005

Marhabaan, my name is Rama and I´m 33 years old. My two kids are Rawaa and Magd. We come from the colourful country of Syria. We left our home in Damascus as refugees and arrived in Portugal at the end of 2018 after living for one year in Egypt. Currently we are learning to speak English and Portuguese and the Lisbon Project is helping us to integrate into Lisbon.  You want to know a fun fact about us? Our family is very musical and specially we love the Oud (arabic guitar). Shukraan!

My Dreams

  • To be self-sustained with a full-time job and a house.
  • To provide proper education and opportunities for our daughters.
  • Provide good health care for the newborn baby.

Hussein and Samah

IRAQ – ID: 006

Sillaw, we are Hussein and Samah, a couple from a country often referred to as the cradle of civilisation – Iraq. We left home as a refugee for family safety due to a the war and Daesh. We arrived in Portugal in March 2018 and very recently we were blessed by the birth of our second blue-eyed baby daughter. Currently we are both unemployed and looking for a job so we can provide for our whole family. You want to know how we like to have fun? You should see us dancing the Kurdish traditional dance, Govend. Sipas dekem!

Our Dreams

  • To be established in a house with my family.
  • For my kids to grow with good education.

Izdehar

SYRIA – ID: 007

Marhabaan, my name is Izdehar, I’m 34 years old and I come from the beautiful country of Syria. I fled my country seeking safety for myself and my family because of the civil war. I arrived in Portugal at the end of 2017. I am currently looking for a job. My older son is already working while my three younger kids are attending local schools. I’ve been described by my friends as the best Syrian chef, I absolutely love to cook and see people happy. Shukraan!

Frequently Asked Questions

Firstly, we are so honoured and thankful for your heart to contribute to Lisbon Project and help change someone’s life. Feel free to navigate and get to know the stories and the dreams of each of our beneficiaries. Once you’ve choosen the beneficiary you relate the most, select the “I want to contribute” button, choose the bundle and fill up the form. Simple steps with great impact!

There are 3 different services bundles to sponsor a beneficiary each month.  By contributing to the Lisbon Project through the bundles, we guarantee a set of multiple services and resources such as training &development, health, transportation, employment search and recreation. No sponsorship will be given directly in the form of cash to beneficiaries.

In a nutshell, The Basic is set for 10€/month and provides resources for English/Portuguese classes, workshop skills and social events. The Midway is set for 25€/month and adds a weekly food parcel. The Premium is set for 50€/month and adds 1 monthly transportation card. There are slight variations according to each beneficiary needs. Go out and check!

In a nutshell, The Basic is set for 10€/month and provides resources for English/Portuguese classes, workshop skills and social events. The Midway is set for 25€/month and adds a weekly food parcel. The Premium is set for 50€/month and adds 1 monthly transportation card. There are slight variations according to each beneficiary needs. Go out and check!

Duration is set per month, with a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 1 year. In the end of the commitment, the Sponsor is asked if he/she wishes to renew.

When you select “I want to sponsor” button, you will be re-directed to the Sponsorship Form page and be asked to follow the necessary steps. It allows you to pay through Direct Debit (card) or PayPal. Please fill the form as complete as possible. If you feel this is all too complicated, don’t worry, we are here to help you!

Lisbon Project will email you with a Welcome pack and a Thank You card with the beneficiary’s information. Lisbon Project will send quarterly reports including criteria of improvement and involvement, financial management and specific investments done.

We strongly suggest you to fulfil the commitment you’ve set, as a way to honor ours and specially the beneficiaries expectations when they get sponsored. But we do understand if personal circumstances arise and so we ask you to give notice at least one month in advance.

We will be very glad if you want to take a step further and establish a personal relationship with the beneficiary sponsored. For the protection of both interested, the meetings will be made at the Lisbon Project office or with one of our representatives.

If you wish to connect with your beneficiary via mail, we can arrange that after the first personal meeting with them at the Lisbon Project and upon the beneficiary agreement.

Our priority is to always respect the privacy of our beneficiaries. We are honoured to have them opened their lives to us and we do have to protect them when we expose them on our website or in social media. In some cases you’ll find their names changed or their front faces covered, as they asked us so for personal reasons.

If you don’t want to commit to the sponsorship program but you feel you want to contribute in a different way, you are very welcome to visit our  website’s Donate section at lisbonproject.org/donate and contribute according to what we need. If you have other ideas feel free to contact us at info@lisbonproject.org