Not too long ago our Bring Hope team on the ground went to our warehouse to get supplies for a small distribution for two Yazidi families. In 2014 these families fled from the Qaraqosh region in Iraq to escape from the hands of IS.
Now they all live together in a small two-story house. It’s crowded but they don’t have any other option. It is hard for them to get by and don’t get much help but they try their best and keep a positive attitude.
One member of the family that lives downstairs had a stroke 5 months ago and he has been bedridden ever since. His family is taking care of him 24/7 and they are partially dependent on the family upstairs for meals. It’s an exhausting situation for everyone.
The family that lives upstairs is facing their own set of struggles. One of the daughters got accepted into a top ten nursing school but could not finish her studies due to the war and is unable to finish her study now. This means she won’t be able to get a job and won’t be able to help provide for the families. One of the men used to be a carpenter which is a physically demanding job but he got injured and had to have surgery on his back and ankle to put in surgical plates. This makes it impossible for him to continue his job and provide for his family. Both families live in poverty and are barely able to make ends meet.
They are doing the best they can and take care of each other. There is an abundance of love in this house that you can feel the moment you enter the door. But there is not much else because of the lack of help they receive. We were happy to provide them with necessary items such as blankets, kitchen supplies, clothes, a wheelchair and other items they needed for their day to day life.
It seems like a small way to help them but this means they get to put food on the table, are more mobile and can properly take care of their families. Besides the hope they get from support from the outside it also gives them space to breathe and have a few less worries for now.