„The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched,
they are felt with the heart.“
- Saint-Eupérys -
The war has made a terrible impact on the children of Syria, psychologically, socially, mentally and physically. Fatooma was one of those children. 11-year old Fatooma was suffering physically and mentally. She had difficulty balancing, possessed low self-esteem, would not go to school, and faced socializing challenges. With parental permission, Fatooma was placed at the „Friends of Children Center“. A full treatment plan, including mental, social, and educational support, was established for Fatooma. Since enrolling in the center, Fatooma is learning to read and write, and has regained some self-esteem. She is also learning to regain balance while walking. The Friends of Children team helped her regain her life and bring a smile back.
Children all over the world complain about going to school. Khaled was likely one of them. Then, one fateful day, Khaled’s school was bombed while in session. Khaled survived but the scars of fear were so deep he never went back to school again. Khaled and his family also had to abandon their home and flee for their lives after the area came under bombardment. They have now been displaced for two years. We found Khaled and helped him cope with his fears. After several sessions, Khaled finally built up the courage to go back to school. Now he says he wants to be an engineer and make a difference in the world.
Hanan has already been through so much at the tender age of 2. She has felt the pains of war since she was born. She knows what it feels like to travel for a whole month just to find a safe shelter to live. Her tiny body was neglected as she was forced to endure the kind of suf-fering no child should ever have to experience. Our team visited and examined Hanan which showed that she was suffering from extreme malnutrition. She was immediately admitted to UOSSM's Primary Health Care Center. Hanan weighed only 8 kilograms and was only 79 centimeters tall. The young toddler was provided with medications, nutritional supplements and iron. Hanan has been under UOSSM's care and we are happy to report that she has gained some weight and the level of malnutrition has decreased. She is getting stronger by the day.