Cii Projects travel diary: Day 3
Cii Projects Update: Humanitarian trip to Turkey/Syrian Border with Hafez Yousuf Manack, Brother Atiqur Rahmaan, Brother Iklaaq Mohammad, Brother Adil Ismail and Brother Faizel Patel
23 June 2019: Day 3 of the Syria Humanitarian Aid Mission
Our day began today with money distribution to widows and disabled refugees and distribution of toys to orphan children. We had the privilege of visiting the Hafiz Nehmah Institute. Approaching the institute, I had no idea what to expect, as our vehicle approached we saw a long line of refugees, many in the line were women and children.
We had $7500 which we divided into 75 envelopes with $100 each. Thanks to our donors we were able to conduct the distribution but I did so with a very heavy and broken heart. The majority of recipients were widowed and looking after kids who were disabled due to bomb blasts in Syria. Seeing kids with broken limbs is something I cannot get used to. I also met a blind widower who desperately needed money for an eye treatment. There was a process for distribution, each widow showed us their ID’s and signed for an envelope of cash.
The money they received will be used for medical or educational purposes. I mustered the courage to tactfully ask one of the widows what life was like without her husband, she responded by saying she missed him so much. She told us how much he did for her and their kids and since he was martyred, her greatest wish was to have one final moment with her husband.
We make so much shukr to all the generous donors to Cii Projects, your money is being used to heal pain, and assist widows and children. May Allah reward you all and please continue your support so we can make a difference and keep assisting those in the Ummah who need it the most.
Thereafter we proceeded to a girls orphanage where many of the students memorise the Quraan. Yesterday we distributed toys to 200 male orphans, and today we embarked on a distribution to the girls. As they walked into class we handed out toys and presents, their pure joy made me weep openly. Some of the kids got so excited they actually started crying. One of the kids recited Surah Ar Rahmaan to us so beautifully and again I was brought to tears. May Allah (SWT) make them all pious hufaaz and grant them ease, a good education and the ability to rebuild Syria.
I always leave each day I am out in the field with a lesson of gratitude. Today dear reader I hope we can be grateful for our spouses. Speaking to these widows made me realise how difficult life can be without those we love. May Allah preserve our spouses and allow us to dwell with them in tranquility. Ameen.
Tomorrow morning we will be doing a food distribution and also begin the long journey back home.
To donate to Cii Projects Syria Relief Efforts.
Account holder: Cii Projects
Acc no: 625 011 580 77
Branch Code: 250 655
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