It has come to my attention that a dear friend and member of our pond is in need of some assistance. His name is @yusaymon and he is originally from Venezuela but he moved to the Dominican Republic in order to work and make money for his family. Unfortunately his visa has expired and he is getting fines that are more expensive than his pay each month leading to a vicious debt cycle.
Without knowing this another user @inquiringtimes started a contest called Yusaymon appreciation month because he feels he could use more recognition for his beautiful art on Steemit. The contest was to make a post about Yu (or inspired by his art) and donate some of the proceeds to https://steemit.com/@yusaymon.
Original post here:Yusaymon Appreciation month
Yu's reacton when he saw the post:
I feel that I am going to cry .. never in my life I felt this mixture of emotions, I remember the time that my parents told me "Don´t go to school" "You don´t need to study"... if you are going to study find a Job... with 15 years old my life has become a fight in hell to get out of a cycle, when I remember where I came from and everything I fought for the situation that happens in Venezuela and everything that allowed Steemit in my life I feel great satisfaction in my chest everything I struggle in the Design Institute and the support that I have received from all of u guys I have no way of how to thank them all. I hope someday to be able to give them all their support and thanks for believe in this weird boy.
I am never going to give up and thanks to Steemit I learn every day more and more, I know that it has not been in vain the days that I work in the garbage truck or the times that I work agriculture to pay my school.
Not listening to criticism and continuing fighting for my dreams is becoming more tangible, I will die fighting adversities or achieve my dreams.
My head it´s a world and I will give you the best. sorry if I made mistakes and your expectations has been anulated.
I love you all
I think this is a beautiful initiative and I would like to use the reach of MSP/PAL to get the word out and see if we can help a little more. So far there have been four posts:
I (@juliakponsford) have done a portrait: post here
So what can you do to help?
Join in on Yusaymon appreciation month, make a post of your own collaborating with Yu or making art inspired by him and donate the rewards.
Upvote/resteem Yusaymon's own posts if you appreciate his art!
Upvote this post and resteem to create awareness for the project. Also upvoting any of the posts above which will be giving back to him.
If you are feeling extra generous you can send donations directly to his account.
The estimation is that with around 250-300$ he could clear all of the fines and be able to leave the country, and return to Venezuela. We are donating the liquid rewards from this post to him as a gift from the Minnowsupport family as well. We appreciate your support in helping our fellow members in need.
This post was written by @juliakponsford