| May 27, 2015
At first, Najwa thought the refugee settlement was a horrible place. Muddy, dirty, lacking latrines – it was a far cry from the middle class life she once knew.
Displaced by fighting in her home country of Syria, Najwa and her family escaped to Lebanon, seeking safety at the Bekaa Valley refugee camp. Life in the camp was a nightmare in the beginning, with a sense of uncertainty hanging over even the simplest of life’s routines. Certain necessities, like food and water, rarely materialized in those early days. Najwa’s kids were so hungry that at one point they took to eating bugs.
Life for Najwa, a Syrian refugee, has improved since she and her family began living in a settlement in Lebanon.
She and her family were among the first settled at the camp three years ago. Life there was hardest during those first few months. But as more refugees arrived, so too did more services. The scale and magnitude of the refugees’ plight came into focus, and the international community responded. Now life at the camp is tolerable, even if it remains muddy, unsanitary and uncertain.
One thing is changing: Najwa and he kids are receiving the medical care they need to live without pain.
Because of your gifts, Najwa and her seven children have received medical and dental care. Life at the camp is not nearly as bad as it once was, even though Najwa and her children suffer from medical conditions that require interventions. Still, life remains difficult. In her hometown of Edlib, she had a house. That's gone, turned to rubble. Now she sleeps in a small tent, surrounded by other refugees. Access to food, water and medicine remains hard to come by.
The whole family is in need of medical help.
Najwa's daughter, Doaa, was in a terrible accident and now suffers from lung damage. Medical Teams International monitors her condition and has supplied her with an inhaler, which has improved her life. She can now breath without pain or discomfort. But she also has a hurt leg and has trouble walking. It was caused by a car accident. Najwa can't care for Dooa, so MTI has stepped in to help.
Her children were in desperate need of dental care. Her second-oldest child, Abdulla had infected teeth. His teeth hurt so bad that he had trouble eating. He wisely gave up sweets because he felt pain whenever he ate them.
Earlier this spring, MTI ran an awareness campaign educating children on the importance of brushing their teeth. A mobile dental clinic sponsored by MTI saw three of Najwa’s oldest children, including Adbulla.
All of the kids were referred to a pediatric dentist. In America, kids are afraid to go to the dentist. In contrast, the Syrian children showed no signs of being ill at ease; they didn’t even know what a dentist was.
Najwa is grateful for what she has received. “The services MTI is providing are really good," she said. Your donations are making a difference in the lives of Najwa, Dooa and the rest of her family.