Cii Projects Travel Diary: Day 2
Cii Projects Update: Humanitarian trip to the Turkey/Syria Border with Hafez Yousuf Manack, Brother Atiqur Rahmaan, Brother Iklaaq Mohammad, Brother Adil Ismail and Brother Faizel Patel
22 June 2019: Day 2 of 4 of the Syria Humanitarian Aid Mission
Our day started early this morning as we made our way to a disability centre as well as an educational centre we are currently funding. We were given a warm welcome by the director of the disability centre. There are currently 1200 students at the centre, 29 students have graduated. 400 students are currently on a waiting list but need funds, we are willing to assist with this regard.
The facility comprises of classrooms, Classroom 1 is where children who cannot walk are rehabilitated and taught to walk again. We saw a young child during our tour in this classroom, he had a head injury that was still oozing. He also has mental disabilities which means facilitators are trying to make him independent. In Classroom 2 we visited children with ADD/ADHD. Hyperactivity and short attention span means kids in this classroom are taught via tactile learning and graphics. In Classroom 3, we met a young child that was blind, he was being taught through braille. In Classroom 4, we met a severely disabled child, he had brain surgery and his development was 4 years behind his peers. His teachers are gradually teaching him to read and write using graphics.
We assisted widowed women at the facility by providing them with hampers, they also craft frames to raise funds for the children in need.
Toy Distribution at the Boys Orphanage
Later on we headed to the boys orphanage where we were going to distribute 200 educational toys to orphaned boys. I was in tears watching the boys eagerly welcome our gifts, I hugged them and sat with them with tears in my eyes. This orphanage is also a school which has 550 Students in total. *Many hufaaz are made here and have fully completed the Hifz of the Quraan. A 10 year old recited qiraat of the Quraan for us, which was deeply moving.* We finished our toy distribution to all the orphans as we were delighted to see them playing and filled with joy and happiness. Such simplicity had brought them so much of joy
This reminded me of what our beloved Nabi (SAW) said: Myself and the caretaker of an orphan will be in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together.
Dearest reader we have been given the opportunity to get education, we have no disabilities, we have legs and hands, we have not felt the horror of displacement and war. For this I hope we can all make shukr. Today I learnt that a small toy can be a source of luxury in the eyes of an orphaned child. Let us be ever grateful for our lives and everything we have been blessed with.
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