MCC Photo/Silas Crews

Mohammed, 8, left and his sister, Aya, sit on a bed in a newly constructed room their family, of seven, moved into after leaving Syria and living in an encampment in Lebanon for year. The family also received material aid from MCC including a blanket which hangs over a family storage cabinet. Working through PARD, MCC used funds from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to renovate rooms for 10 refugee families, providing the springboard for other international nongovernmental organizations to prepare rooms for 50 more families.

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Fatima, her husband, and their four children fled for their lives from Syria to Lebanon. There, they lived for a year in a vacant lot where about 80 tents had been set up for refugees.

The tents were made from nylon sheets, curtains and blankets that did not withstand freezing temperatures or flooding. Scabies, hepatitis and lice were common. Diarrhea and illness were frequent dangers. One infant died.

Working with a local partner, MCC was able to renovate rooms for 10 families. This provided the springboard for other international nongovernmental organizations to prepare rooms for 50 more families.

Having a decent place to live has made all the difference for Fatima’s family.

She remembers the day they moved from the tent into a room in an apartment building. “People thought I was going to go crazy because I was so happy,” she says. “I was done with mice and rodents.”

“At least here we have a little dignity,” Fatima says.

“Dignity,” her husband adds, “is when a person lives in his own home. This is my own home, my children around me.”


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