Syrian Refugee Uses Crowdfunding to Pay for College in Germany

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A Syrian refugee might be getting a chance to attend college in Germany thanks to the crowd funding website Indiegogo. Civil war in Syria has forced many to leave the country, including students who want to go to University.

A Syrian refugee might be getting a chance to attend college in Germany thanks to the crowd funding website Indiegogo.

Civil war in Syria has forced many to leave the country, including students who want to go to University.

Detlef Gürtler, the Swiss journalist who started a crowd funding site for the young man said: “Giving one Syrian the chance to study in Germany means that you can do something. That's what has driven us to start the crowdfunding, and that's obviously what has driven a lot of people to support the campaign.”

Gürtler came up with the idea of using social media to raise education funds for Odday Alatiki, an underprivileged refuge at the top of his class in Daraa who had planned to study in Damascus before being forced to flee his home.

Alatiki was living in a refugee camp in Jordan, but can now study at a technical university in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Lower Saxony, Germany thanks to donations surpassing his goal of 8 thousand euros.

An additional 160 Syrian refugees have reportedly been allowed to settle in Germany by the International Organization for Migration, following the initial influx of 643 refugees sent there since September 2013.

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