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.
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.
“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.
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.
Emilda, 8, likes to come to the community centre in Al-Ghizlanieh, Rural Damascus, to do her homework. “Here I can study better. Even my teachers at school have noticed that, she says. Five years ago, Emilda had to leave her home in Al-Thiablieh in Rural Damascus due to the difficult situation there. During the years, she has been coming to the centre. Emilda’s dream is to become a lawyer. She would also like to help people to get better housing in the future. This project is supported by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies