SARC Featured Stories

“I shall be a SARC volunteer”


Arabic language is Sara’s favorite subject at school, thanks to SARC volunteers. From the beginning of school, Sara, 9, started to come to the Al-Ghizlanieh community centre in Rural Damascus. She enjoys all activities, especially handicrafts. Red is Sara’s favorite color, because it is the color of the Red Crescent. “I keep coming here, and in the future, I want to help little children like SARC volunteers do,” she explains. “My mother likes to take my brothers and me also to the SARC clinics if we need to meet a doctor”.


Food parcel helps family to survive


Khaled understands that the food parcel from SARC helps his family to survive. “When SARC gives food to my family, we have money for other needs”. Khaled started to come to the Al-Ghizlanieh community centre in Rural Damascus a year ago to study and enjoy other activities. “I like studying here especially when preparing for exams. I have excellent degrees, and I have also overcome my problem in reading” He says. this community centre is supported by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.


Health care and good services


Dialysis clinics in SARC Medical center in Al-Othman receive about 40 patients daily. Some of them do a renal dialysis more than once a week. Mona (46 years) visits the clinics twice a week. “I suddenly felt exhausted and came to this center. The doctor requested some x-rays and medical analysis that showed an atrophy in my kidneys. Therefore, I have started to go renal dialysis since April 2017. I told all my family members about the specialized medical care and the high-level interest provided by SARC teams” She said.  


The Tree of Wishes


“I like to come to the community centre and attend all activities to win gifts”, says Hala, 8. One of her favorite activities at Al-Ghizlanieh community centre, in Rural Damascus, is the Tree of Wishes. Hala hangs her wish on the branches: “I have many wishes, for example I want to become lawyer when I grow up.” The Tree of Wishes gives the children an opportunity to express their hopes somewhere. “At least, I can hang my wishes here, on the branches of the tree,” Hala says.


A wannabe volunteer 


 Taim was watching the dermatologist with his beautiful hazel eyes while she was examing his hands carefully. Suddenly a rash appears on his hands, so the 5 years old boy and his father went to SARC’s Medical center at Al-Othman. He promised that he will follow the instructions and use the prescribed ointment and soap as the doctor said. “When I become big, I want to join SARC psychosocial support team and I want to help those children who feel sad and lonely. I will tell them nice stories that make them smile” Taim said.  


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