When conflict tears apart communities, it’s not only lives that are lost but also hopes and dreams.

After nine years of ongoing conflict in Syria, millions of people have been displaced, many multiple times within Syria’s borders.

What’s more: Over seven million men, women, and children have fled to safety in neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.

When forced to flee their homes, families are sometimes separated from each other; in the worst cases, family members die. Many childhood dreams are shattered as roles and responsibilities within the family change.

When we met 16-year-old Aisha from Syria, we soon discovered just how much the war had changed her and her family’s life.

2020 IRUSA | Conflict in Syria: Aisha's story

As Aisha huddled around her five siblings, there was no sign of their parents.

We learned that their father had been killed in the Syrian conflict. Aisha’s mother then remarried.

After their step-father disappeared, Aisha’s mother found it too difficult to cope and abandoned Aisha and her younger siblings.

Aisha was left alone to care for her five brothers and sisters. She was only 12 years old.

Aisha took her siblings from camp to camp until they reached Lebanon. Living in a refugee camp run by the UN, and working any job she could to earn enough money to feed her siblings, life was extremely tough. She worked as a cleaner, but sadly she wasn’t always paid for her work.

When the children became sick, Aisha wasn’t able to look after them, despite having sacrificed her education at such a young age to provide for her siblings.

Like any teenager, she simply wants to live a normal life for someone her age without such continuous struggles.

2020 IRUSA | Ayesha's story: Safe Shelter project

However, after years of adversity, insha’Allah things will now be easier for Aisha and her siblings.

As part of our work supporting Syrian refugees in Lebanon, we’ve been helping Aisha and her brothers and sisters, alongside many more people in need. Alhamdulillah!

We took Aisha and her siblings out of the refugee camp and move them into one of our safe shelters for orphans and windows.

As well as providing a safe home, we’re also ensuring that Aisha and her family have all the essentials they need such as food, access to education, and psychosocial support.

During Ramadan, as well as throughout the year, Aisha will receive food that she can cook and eat with her brothers and sisters.

They’ll now be safe from hunger and safe from harm.

SubhanAllah, it’s thanks to the support of people such as yourself that all of this is possible. Your donations are enabling vulnerable people from Syria, such as Aisha, to work towards a better future.

A future filled with hope, insha’Allah.

We envision a better world for people like Aisha, and we are so grateful that you are working with us to make it a reality.  Thank you for being a part of this movement.

Help us help more families, like Aisha’s.

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Update: See how Aisha is doing now

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