Christmas Appeal 2018

Help a family with no place like home this Christmas

Christmas Appeal - Zein in Lebanon

Imagine having to leave your home at a moment’s notice. You can take only the belongings you can carry. You must leave your friends, your neighbourhood, your treasured possessions, the place you call ‘home’ behind. You may never even see it again.

Imagine your home is in a warzone and you’re just six-years old. So traumatised by the events you’ve seen, you are no longer able to speak. This was reality for a remarkable little boy called, Zein, who lived in Aleppo, Syria, with his family.

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Christmas Appeal - Zein in Lebanon

Imagine having to leave your home at a moment’s notice. You can take only the belongings you can carry. You must leave your friends, your neighbourhood, your treasured possessions, the place you call ‘home’ behind. You may never even see it again.

Imagine your home is in a warzone and you’re just six-years old. So traumatised by the events you’ve seen, you are no longer able to speak. This was reality for a remarkable little boy called, Zein, who lived in Aleppo, Syria, with his family.

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Zein's story

Zein’s early childhood was a normal one. He loved to play outside with his friends and siblings. But then the war came, making Aleppo one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child.

Whilst exact numbers of child casualties are difficult to ascertain, estimates indicate over 20,000 children have been killed since the Syrian conflict began.

The family had no choice. They had to flee.

Two weeks later, bruised, scared, and exhausted, the family arrived in Lebanon. They had travelled almost 250 miles.

Whilst out of the immediate danger of war-torn Syria, Zein and his family found themselves living in the dire conditions of an over-crowded refugee camp. Their house had no clean water, the electrics were unsafe, and the toilet and sink were in disrepair.

A hopeful future

After contacting us, we assessed the family’s home and immediately got to work. We made repairs to their kitchen, fitting it with a new water tank and piping meaning the family now have a decent supply of clean water to wash with and drink.

We also fixed the electrics in the house too, giving the children a decent place to do their homework. We improved the bathroom too, adding a new sink and a proper toilet – these changes might not seem much, but to families in housing poverty they provide some vital dignity after the desperate struggles they’ve been forced to endure.

The positives of having a decent home are helping the family move towards a better future. The children are now enrolled in school where they’re learning to read and write – a crucial part of their development.

With improvements to their home, they now have a safe place to study and do their schoolwork. And the family have a secure place to rest, cook, eat, and be together – a place they really can begin to call ‘home’.

I came here for my children, I want them to be safe and I stay positive for them. My children dream of becoming teachers or doctors one day. Hearing them say that makes everything worth it, doesn’t it? Amira

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We urgently need your help to reach more families like Amira and her children.

Help us reach the most vulnerable families and give the gift of a safe and decent home this Christmas.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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