For a lot of us it’s hard to imagine what it must feel like to fear for your life on a daily basis. We can’t begin to imagine having to leave our home, family, friends, job, education and belongings behind without knowing where to go or what the future holds for us. It’s hard for us to grasp the idea of not knowing whether or not you and your children have a safe place to sleep, proper clothes to shield them from the elements or if you will be able to get food in their bellies.
Unfortunately for many people this is reality. They have no choice in the matter and had to leave their homes and lives behind due to war and conflict. In many cases they flee to a safer part of their country where they often end up in huge refugee camps and other settlements. And there is little to no help with the very basic needs.
They experienced more trauma and loss than anyone should ever have to. And now they are left with nothing and barely anyone bats an eye. But we do. We don’t close our eyes and are always actively finding ways to help with whatever is needed most.
Our team on the ground recently visited 300 Yezidi people and 50 Syrian children & adolescents who all escaped IS. We knew they needed clothes, hygiene products and household items. But we also knew that some of them were elderly & have difficulties walking or are otherwise physically disabled. Fortunately, we were able to provide them with crutches so they can get some of their mobility back.
For the children our team also brought toys so they can play again and do whatever kids should do: just be kids. We were also able to provide 4 sewing machines for women to encourage them to develop skills and encourage them to use them and hopefully being able to get a little bit of an income so they can help provide for their families.
Help can come in many forms and we always try to help wherever is needed and wherever its needed. Often it also requires creative thinking to come up with solutions or come up with help that you don’t think of immediately but will have a great impact on a person or community. Together we can bring hope, help & support and will continue to reach out to the most vulnerable people.