Shalom and welcome to our Fundraiser!
My name is Ronald Burkhalter and I live in Windhoek, Namibia, with my wife Marlize. I left Grovetown, Georgia in May 2016 to move to Windhoek and Marlize and I were married June 5th 2016. It was a very small and private gathering at our home with friends. Never did I imagine I would not be able to secure a job here. It has been almost two years now that I have been jobless. Every attempt to apply for jobs and go to interviews has been unsuccessful. Being a white person also does not count in your favour. All applications remind you of their BEE status. BEE stands for Black Economic Empowerment and it is a racially selective program put in place to redress the inequalities of previous years by giving certain previously disadvantaged groups economic privileges previously not available to them. So, that said, I am a previously advantaged individual because of this. Others have said that if you don’t have family and friends who own businesses you will not have a job. I find this very disheartening to say the least. This is not a way to live and I do not see a future here. I will be better off back home in the states picking up where I left off.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, I need to file a document on behalf of my wife for her to obtain an immigrant VISA so that she can return back to the states with me. Marlize cannot return with me on a visitor’s VISA or a holiday VISA and start the immigration process in the states. All the documents we have downloaded from the Department of Homeland Security website are filled out and we have followed their instructions as to which documents must be attached. All this is ready to be sent via courier to the states for processing. It is a long process but we are ready. There are filing fees per document which have to be paid in U$ currency and can only be paid in the states and not here where we are. The US Embassy here in Windhoek does not provide Consular Services for Immigration matters and we have to do the second leg of the process via the US Consulate in Johannesburg.
All the different filing fees and our traveling and accommodation expenses we are going to need help with as we have no savings to do this with. I am unable to open a bank account in the states while living abroad. We have created a Pay Pal account and my mother will be handling that for me. My parents are older and they take care of my brother Michael who has downs syndrome. They have prepared themselves and they are ready to receive us. We will be living with them when we get back. This is their way of helping us get back on our feet once we are there. Marlize’s parents have already passed away some years ago. Her only sibling still around is her step brother Ben who immigrated to Canada three years ago. It is very hard to continue to live this way with no family close by to help us out. Marlize works a full time job and her income covers our rent and few expenses we have every month. There is no way for us to save anything.
The political and social climate is changing quickly and the white genocide going on in South Africa at the moment is a shocking reality. Not knowing if any of that will spill over into Namibia as well. There is history of attacks of foreigners/tourists here as well as farm attacks. Marlize lived through the loss of a family friend when a family close to her parents were attacked on their farm a couple of years ago and the elderly mother of the farmer died because of her injuries. Things like this make you feel very unsettled and unsafe.
All that is holding us back from doing anything is having the finances to be able to start and complete the immigration process. Living on a single low income in a third world country is not easy at all.
This is a NEED and not a want.
We thank ABBA for every person who contributes to our cause to help us get back to the states.
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