BENEFITING: Maram Foundation
A few months ago, I came across the photograph of Adi Hudea, a Syrian child raising her hands in surrender at a camera she thought was a gun. She had sadness in her eyes and resignation on her face. She had surrendered to her fate. Adi was four at the time. It broke my heart.
What shocked me ever more deeply is that, while readers of Adi's story were expressing their sorrow, none were asking how they could help! Hundreds of comments of sympathy for the Syrian children, but none asking how they could provide support and effect change.
It was early 2015 and I was re-awakened to the Syrian crisis, which until then I had relegated to the deepest corners of my consciousness and treated with deep denial. Over the next few weeks, I re-visited Adi’s photograph on the internet several times and cried bitterly at the sheer loss of innocence; the trauma that this child and many Syrian children were enduring.
I read about how nearly 7.5 million children are in need of humanitarian aid. Many have lost their homes; many have lost their families. Nearly 2 million children are living as refugees in deplorable conditions and harsh climates, and about 2.6 million children are no longer in school.
Syria's children are the greatest casualties of the war. An entire generation is at risk of growing up without an education, becoming a lost generation. Each day of conflict is robbing these children of their families and friends, their homes, their education, their safety and their hopes for a normal life.
Filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the quality of my life and overcome with horror and sadness at the human rights catastrophe that is unfolding, I reached out to the Maram Foundation for Relief and Development to offer my assistance. After many engaging emails, the Maram Foundation requested my assistance to support Syrian orphans who had lost their families at war.
Bayti “My Home” Orphanage lies in Reyhanli, a Turkish city on the Syrian border. The 60 children who call Bayti “home” are in need of a school bus and an electric generator.
This bus will help pick up children from various destinations, help them visit relatives or friends, shuttle them to local schools in addition to the education they are receiving at the orphanage and, finally, the bus will help deliver crucial logistical supplies to the Orphanage, such as food, medical and school supplies.
The electric generator will help keep the refrigerators running and the food fresh, keep the lights on for the orphans to read, study and play and keep the internet connected during times when power is limited or cut off in Reyhanli due to infrastructural limitations.
While we cannot undo what these children have seen and endured, we can help change their fate by giving them life-changing access to education. A chance to heal; a chance to smile and an opportunity to live as normal a life as possible.
I hope you will join me in making a contribution to support the future of these children.