Author: Sarah Rexford
In northern Syria, in a city called Aleppo, in a three-room house (not three bedroom, three room), lived a little girl. Nine-year-old Marwa saw her small home through big eyes, thinking it to be a big house. Looking at it, we would likely consider it small and dilapidated.
But Marwa was happy.
Syrian conflict draws near. Marwa and her family are forced to flee north, nearly to Turkey, in order to find safety in a town called Dabiq.
Far from home, Marwa learned to pass time playing outside. Shell fragments kept her company.
One day this small pleasure was taken as shell fragments imbedded themselves in her knee, cutting ligaments imperative to walking.
Now Marwa was not only far from home in a strange town, but now unable to walk or go to school.
Thankfully, because of donor-friends like you, Marwa was presented with the opportunity to receive surgery. This surgery not only healed her ligaments, but opened the door for her to walk to school and receive education. This education, directly impacted by her surgery, could bring about a much brighter future.
Today, Marwa still lives in the town of Dabiq.
She is far from the three-bedroom house she used to call home. But her attitude is positive and uplifting. Of her knee surgery she says,
“I love my school. But I couldn’t go or play with friends because of my injury. But now I can. I will be able to attend mathematics, my favorite subject. I’m so happy.”
While some of us may or may not relate to her love of math, we can relate to the joy of a child when she plays with her friends.
Because of the love you have demonstrated by partnering with International Aid, Marwa is able to run and play, go to school, and experience a life that is marginally more normal.
She still lives with her family in Dabiq, and their home is partially destroyed, but choosing thankfulness for the little things… Marwa is joyful.