March 2017: a meeting with Jody Clarke, Media and Public Affairs officer for the UN Refugee Agency in Dublin
Lebanon Trust had a meeting in Dublin with Jody Clarke, Media and Public Affairs officer for the UN Refugee Agency in Ireland. A very useful and fruitful discussion – Many thanks to Jody for his time and interest!
Meet Amir. He is deaf and lost his family and his country – but now has found hope
This nice boy is Amir, 11 years old, and FAID’s most recent addition. Amir was born deaf, in Aleppo, an ancient and beautiful city in Syria that has been devastated by war.
His parents divorced and little Amir lived with his father, until they had to flee Syria for their life. His mother’s whereabouts are currently unknown; she is believed to be still in Syria. Father and son took refuge in Lebanon, where his father remarried. But Amir was mistreated at home and ran away several times, until he was found by “Home of Hope”, a Lebanese organisation caring for abandoned children, and put into FAID’s care.
Amir being visited by Dr Nemer Attieh, FAID’s resident audiologist.
At FAID Amir’s hearing was tested by the audiologist and he was fitted with hearing aids. He also started to attend school, receive speech therapy and psychological help. He is now learning how to interact with his peers and teachers, adjusting rapidly to his new, peaceful life.
Amir is a full-boarder at FAID and spends the weekends at Home of Hope.
Amir has been fitted with hearing aids.
Amir, second from left, now atteds school at FAID.
This is Aleppo, Amir’s home city, in January 2017 (photos © BBC/Jeremy Bowen)
“Best Friends: Hard to Find, and Lucky to Have”
A hand-made card from the childen of FAID for our friends and supporters
The flags from Lebanon, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands on this card to honour our nationalities.
This beautiful, hand-made and lovingly decorated card from the children of FAID is dedicated to all our friends to have helped our projects: your heart is in the right place. Thank you!
Best wishes for a peaceful and lucky 2017 to all, and in particular to these friends, who chose to celebrate Christmas and the new year with generosity:
Fabio & Marta Delfante-Cocurullo
Enrico & Lilli Bertolotto
Nino & Milda Cocurullo
Carla & Natale Ferraro
Giovanni Zappavigna & family
David John Landy
Mike and Jordan Shea
Lilliput Stores in Dublin
Symantec Corporation, Dublin