In January and February 2020, before Covid-19 came along and all of Operation Mercy’s programming in the refugee camps was shut down to prevent the spread of the virus, Khalida* was an irregular participant in our fitness classes.
As Hala has improved physically, so has her and her family’s emotional state. She is almost able go back to school again!
Many of the beneficiaries of our Shine classes have shared how they have grown in character and self-confidence as a result of the program.
“I still struggle with my emotions. However, I have been able to lose about 10kg and I am working hard to continue to lose even more weight with your help and your effort on our behalf.”
“Before coming to fitness I was hopeless but after coming here I received great hope,” Rosa said.
“The most beautiful thing is the big smile on his face.”
“How can the wounds of our hearts be healed?”
We added to the encouragement that her loving father and supportive mother were giving her, to try to give her hope to move forward.
Havine* is 18 years old and has been living in a Yazidi internally displaced peoples camp since ISIS came to her village in the Sinjar region in 2014.
Rosa attributes some of the changes in her life to participating in the Shine course.
“It was my dream to be able to stand up on my own feet,” she said. “And now, my dream has come true thanks to Operation Mercy.”
Eventually several relatives visited and noticed that Mustafa had greatly improved. They wanted to pass out sweets to their friends and neighbors to celebrate.
In January and February 2020, before Covid-19 came along and all of Operation Mercy’s programming in the refugee camps was shut down to prevent the spread of the virus,
During the distribution, it was evident that many people have been out of work while some also reported being in debt primarily due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Bringing hope, delight and helping build relationships and grow community amoungst the vulnerable.
“Going to class is so wonderful… I used to cry all day and night because I felt purposeless at home. Now I can wear anything and I feel so much better.”
“Together with my relative, I joined the class and I have benefited from it a lot. I feel better emotionally and everyone at home is happier with me!
The wheelchair has not only contributed to Amir’s improvement physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well.