Our brother Tauqir ‘Tox’ Sharif led a three-vehicle convoy into the Syrian city of Aleppo, carrying the much-needed food and medicine for an area that has been under siege since the start of July.
A story about an elderly Syrian lady from our volunteers that visited the Syrian families in Jordan:
An old Syrian lady cried today. Tears that hit home. Her name was Umm Faatin. She was originally from Dara’a, but living in Damascus.
Her daughter was divorced. She has a grandson who was only 2 years old, and had no father. She fled from Syria (to Jordan) when her son was shot dead.
We climbed 6 flights of stairs to get to her tiny little apartment, which was noticeably empty due to a lack of furniture because she couldn’t afford to pay any rent; her landlord came and took her furniture to cover the costs. She was £300 overdue. Her health was also deteriorating as she had Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Alhamdulilah she didn’t cry when she told us her story; hearing her reminded me of my own mother, and that’s exactly who they are, our extended family, sisters and mothers, Subhan’Allah.
We made the decision to help this woman, we decided to cover her costs. We also decided that we would be covering her future rent and medication fees.
She cried when we did this, she cried from happiness. Tears of joy that we won’t forget, Alhamdulillah.
All this was possible because of YOUR donations, may Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala reward you all.
We don’t just distribute food packs, we find those most in need and help them in a way that will benefit them the greatest.
An account from one of our volunteers working and living in Gaza:
“This sweet lady, is from a household I visited for our home essentials project.
- There home is not even a home. It is like bits and bobs of rooms pieced together with no structure. Much of it is falling apart, due to poor construction, time, wear and tear, and just not having money to take care of the place. I just wished I had a magic wand to change the place into a beautiful new home.
- The old lady was so sweet, asked me to sit next to her and happily wanted her photo taken! Her husband is no more. She lives in this place with her son, who is married with children, and all of them, live a life of tragic poverty.
- She is pretty old, in her 70s at least. She wanted me to look at her toilet. Odd you may think? Not really. There was a hole in the ground, (many homes in Gaza still have such a toilet as their homes are so old and they do not have money to refurbish. Water leaking everywhere, no light, completely dark, so you have to leave the door slightly open or take a light with you. The ground was uneven as well.
Here is the main point though, she cannot use this hole in the ground, It is really difficult for her so the son made a toilet. he got a bucket and over it put a plastic chair which had a cut out just like a real toilet. So she uses that, which to be honest, is pretty flimsy but it is all they could afford.
It’s not OK. In shaa Allah, we will be sorting this out and putting a real toilet in, among a few other home essentials that they are in need of.
Bear in mind, children also live in this place too.
Poverty in Gaza is due to the siege. A lack of jobs and opportunities for people to earn a living results in high rates of poverty here, and the cost of living is high.
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Visiting Syrian Orphans & Widows – A member of our team along with Refugee Aid Network (RAN) recently visited orphans and widows from Syria and as they discussed their individual journeys of war and terror, their loss and tragic lives showed what heroes they truly are. Seeing children with burnt bodies, missing arms and legs, disabled and not to mention the severe poverty they are living in was truly heartbreaking.
The last family we came to visit who had 3 disabled children, we were told when we arrived that one girl had died the previous day. There was a tent put up in which people were coming to give their condolences.
No amount of money can make up for the atrocities they have witnessed. However we can help to make their lives more comfortable and help them to move on.
One Ummah were taking donations for clothes, blankets, medicine and food to send to Syria. We had had an amazing response and were ready to send our second 40 ft container until this happened…
This arson attack has dented our plans but has motivated us further! We will now be taking donations so we can purchase all items in Turkey and ship them directly to Syria in the upcoming days.
We would like to thank everyone for their amazing support at this devastating time, the reaction and support from people and organisations has been great.
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Our team on the ground in Syria have launched a new project providing free education for the children of Syria. Education is something that we want the best of for our children, so why should these children have any different due to the ongoing war in Syria many children have been unable to return to school for nearly 4 years. We now provide a free school and transport service for them to be able to access quality education, however we need your help to improve and keep this project running. Watch the video below to find out more about the project and how you can help.
On Saturday 14th November 2015, Your Soup Kitchen moved to its new venue at the International Centre, however that was not the only new aspect to the event. From now, every week we will be supported by Middlesbrough Football Club Ladies to help dish out the food provided by Amigos Pizza. Read the full article here…