Muhammad Jasim Rwaisha feels his family is much safer now that locks have been installed on his home. A new toilet and water tanks will also make a big difference for the health of his family.
Last Sunday, I traveled to northern Jordan to visit Syrian refugee families whose homes had been rehabilitated through the support of Canadian Lutherans and the Canadian government.
Many Syrian families who have fled the war are living in run-down or makeshift shelters without basic services like water and electricity, simply because they can’t find decent, affordable places to live.
I met Muhammad Jasim Rwaisha, along with two of his four grandchildren. One of his grandchildren was orphaned as a result of the civil war in Syria. Thirteen people (three families) live in this home, including a beautiful baby girl who was only 10 days old.
Muhammad said that before the renovations, he couldn’t sleep because they did not have doors that locked so he feared for his family’s safety and the security of their belongings. Without proper doors and windows, their living space was very noisy.
It is amazing what a difference a seemingly small change made for this family. Their home also underwent more significant renovations such as work on the electrical and sewage systems and installation of a new toilet and water tanks; however, it was the locks on the doors that meant the most to Muhammad.
- by Kristy Schroeder, CLWR program officer. Kristy has been visiting Jordan, seeing how Canadian Lutherans are making a difference for Syrian refugees.