Six Months Trip ended up with a Brilliant Smile
On his first visit to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) malnutrition clinic in Al Tall, Rural Damascus, he was diagnosed with acute malnutrition according to all medical checkup criterion. The five months baby was so fragile and weighed just over 2 kilograms- less than his own birth weight.
The baby was unable to sit or hold up his head without the help of his mother, who wasn’t aware that her baby is severely weak, exhausted and worryingly thin. She had to visit the clinic repeatedly in order to get beneficial advice about the importance of breastfeeding, and how to prepare a meal of diluted butternut to feed her son.
Muneer is a one among 4592 children who were treated in SARC- Al Tall clinic, which was opened in June 2016. Across Syria there are 6 SARC malnutrition clinics in total which treat pregnant and lactating mothers, and babies from age 6- 59 months. All these clinics are supported by the Canadian Red Cross and the Japanese Red Cross.
By the fourth visit to the clinic, Muneer was very different baby. He was smiling, alert, interested in the world around him, weighed more than 3 kilograms, and can actively hold his body that will enable him to match his future dreams.
New Start through Livelihood Program
Brothers Mustapha and Bashar have owned their workshop in the Old City of Homs since 1985, but due to the fighting they were forced to leave four years ago. “I couldn’t imagine I would leave my home for such a long time. We thought it would be two or three days” says Mustapha. They left for two and half years. When they returned, the shell of the workshop was still there but everything inside was destroyed and covered in rubble. Six months after they returned, they were able to restart their business, thanks to support from a SARC and ICRC Livelihoods projects.
Through the SARC and ICRC Livelihoods project they have received basic tools.
Now the brothers make window frames, doors, kitchen cabinets or whatever local people need. As more people return to the area and rebuild, they find their skills are in demand
SARC keeps a smile on Nour’s Face
4-year-old Noor takes her first steps, using a specially walking frame that adapted for her by SARC- PRP Center. Nour is one of many children who had been supported by the center that provides beneficiaries with artificial limbs, physical treatments and psychosocial support in order to help them restore their normal lives
New hope shines in Maria’s life
Thanks to SARc, Maria “13 years” overcomes all faced obstacles and managed to learn drawing and knitting. The child, who was born deaf, joined a wool knitting course organized by SARC -PSS team in Al Tall area. These kind of courses help those children to integrate with their children peers, and provide them with matching needs
Humanity without Limits “Dier Ezzor Airdrops”
A Heart that never knows the impossible
“My disability hasn’t stopped me from continuing my life; instead, it motivated me to go forward.”
Ghasoub, 23 years old, was injured during the current crisis; the thing which disenabled him from motion. He continued his study at the Pharmacy College, and now he is a volunteer at SARC Homs.
We met him at a Match for AlSalam basketball team of PWSN. In cooperation with ICRC, SARC Homs Health Care Team provided the basketball team with 13 PWSN wheelchairs in order to replace the team’s old wheelchairs.
“For me, sport is the only refuge far from the daily life pressures,” added Ghasoub.
Sheep distribution to the returned families in Rural Lattakia
The Smile of Resilience
SARC everywhere for everyone in Syria 2017