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The “collected ” counter goes down, discover why

Today I lowered the “collected” counter in the homepage where everybody can see how much is the goal, and how much (in %) have I collected until that point.

Just when I began this project, a couple from Helsinki that purchased a work in my last exhibition in Hotel Nestor, decided to buy two works from me as a present for the graduation of two of their grandchildren. As they communicated me, supporting Reham was also in their hearts. That purchase raised the counter substantially and planted a big seed of hope in my heart. I have not done another sale since then, but I keep working hard and with that same seed of hope illuminating my hear.

So, where did the money go?

Here is the story. As you will see in the following images extracted form a conversation with Reham, on October 17 she wrote me to ask for some money. She had been sick for a while, the winter was coming and she needed to be able to pay medicines and buy firewood to keep warm. As you can read she was really ashamed to ask me for money again.

I answered that I would rather not to send her that money as the collect was rising very slow, and I did not wanted to make the wait for her to leave the country any longer. She answered that it was no point for me to collect any more money if she can not make it thought the winter. After that I accepted to send her the money and started a conversation with my contact in Turkey. One day I will explain how I got in touch with this person, enough is to say that he has all my trust as I meet him trough the friend of a friend, and he is totally unrelated to Reham.

After a while I managed to send her that money and last Thursday I received the confirmation from my contact and from her that she has gotten the amount. She asked for 200$ but I send her 250€. Look how happy she was.

Whatsapp conversation, Reham received the money

Why I am helping a Syrian person that I don’t know personally?

I get nothing but struggle, but I still do it because it is what my heart tells me to do”

One time, while I was still working in Hjalmars, a client that knew about all this raised this same question. In his point of view I was doing this for myself, because it made me feel good, and because of that, in his opinion, I should not involve other people in this matter. I felt tears coming to my eyes, and I ask him “do you want to know the whole story?” He said that he wanted to listen to it indeed. Luckily it was just the two of us in the restaurant, because I spent the next twenty minutes or so expressing myself, and it felt really good.

Summarizing, what I told him was “I am going trough a lot of struggle with all this. I put a lot of effort and I have nobody to tell about all what I am really going trough, not even Ida. I did not choose this, someone asked me for help and after a lot of consideration I decided to help her. I get nothing but struggle, but I still do it because it is what my heart tells me to do”. After my passionate monologue, he gave me a 20€ bill to help me in my cause.

Being honest, I love when I feel that she has some hope in tis life, but I try to be very careful with not projecting to high expectations on her. I don’t know if I am going to be able to offer the help she needs. So in our conversations, even if I am warm and close, I always try to keep a cold head hoping that she does not put all her hopes on me. I also understand how difficult this is, she is in a terrible situation deeply bored, with tons of time to think million times about the same things, over and over.

I could write much more about all this, but I am quite tired and I feel that I have already poured the essence of what I wanted to transmit with this post. All I want to say if you are reading this is that a little of your money can mean a lot for a person in those circumstances. I see people (and even myself) spending 250€ all the time in all kind of things, that amount meant A LOT for her. I just ask you to purchase one of my works and, in exchange, you will get a really beautiful piece of art.

With love from Korpo. ❤️

Some of my prints for sale: time to rest.

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About the project

A White Spot In The Darkness is a solidarity project grown on the words of Reham, a terribly sad person. Trapped in Syria, all she can dream is about escaping that madness.

I have been for about two and a half years in almost daily contact with her. In all this time we have developed a deep relationship: she has become like a sister to me. Her pain is deeply rooted on my heart.

With a lot of personal effort and struggle, I have managed to send her several chunks of money to allow her family members to leave the country before her. First her sick father. Her younger brother after that. Later her older brother. Her mom?… dead under the bombs.

The last time I sent her money I was very happy with the idea that soon she would also be out. She crossed the border, she got caught, she was sent back into Syria. She lost the money and all hope…

After that experience she was feeling too embarrassed and hopeless to even talk to me. After insisting I managed to make her talk to me again. She hoped dead, she told me that my efforts to help her it was the only white spot in her total darkness.

The economical effort to help her has been considerable. I have stretched my creativity: done a solitary rifle with one of my works, place a glass jar in a restaurant to get funds, ask for diverse amounts of money to friends and family, sell some photography equipment and much more. Nowadays I feel that all my possible funding sources have dried up. That’s why I start this project hoping that you can help me to help her, hoping that you will become a spot in her darkness too.

I will donate the profits from the sell of this artworks to her. This time I want to have enough for her to get a safer way out, for that I need about 1.500€. Under this text you can find a counter with the amount of money I have collected until now. I offer total transparency. If I manage to run this campaign successfully I will continue the project hoping we can all become more and more white spots in the darkness for other people. I am a person that has simplify his soul to the point to follow only one believe in life, and this is that humanity is about helping each other.

A White Spot In The Darkness is a solidarity project grown on the words of Reham, a terribly sad person. Trapped in Syria, all she can dream about is escaping that madness.

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A White Spot In The Darkness is a solidarity project grown on the words of Reham, a terribly sad person. Trapped in Syria, all she can dream is about escaping that madness.

I have been for about two and a half years in almost daily contact with her. In all this time we have developed a deep relationship: she has become like my sister. Her pain is deeply rooted on my heart.

With a lot of personal effort and struggle, I have managed to send her several chunks of money to allow her family members to leave the country before her. First her sick father. Her younger brother after that. Later her older brother. Her mom?... dead under the bombs.

The last time I sent her money I was very happy with the idea that soon she would also be out. She crossed the border, she got caught, she was sent back into Syria. She lost the money and all hope...

After that experience she was feeling too embarrassed and hopeless to even talk to me. After insisting I managed to make her talk to me again. She hoped dead, she told me that my efforts to help her it was the only white spot in her total darkness. 

The economical effort to help her has been considerable. I have stretched my creativity: done a solitary rifle with one of my works, place a glass jar in a restaurant to get funds, ask for diverse amounts of money to friends and family, sell some photography equipment and much more. Nowadays I feel that all my possible funding sources have dried up. That's why I start this project hoping that you can help me to help her, hoping that you will become a spot in her darkness too.

I will donate the profits from the sell of this artworks to her. This time I want to have enough for her to get a safer way out, for that I need about 1.500€. Under this text you can find a counter with the amount of money I have collected until now. I offer total transparency. If I manage to run this campaign successfully I will continue the project hoping we can all become more and more white spots in the darkness for other people. I am a person that has simplify his soul to the point to follow only one believe in life, and this is that humanity is about helping each other.