Smiles and hope for the future

Siyad, a young refugee from Somalia, has new hope for the future thanks to your support.

Siyad at his home in Dadaab, after recovering from surgery. Photo: LWF-Kenya/Djibouti

Siyad at his home in Dadaab, after recovering from surgery. Photo: LWF-Kenya/Djibouti

In 2011, the nine-year-old fled civil war in Somalia with his mother and six siblings. They are now living in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. As if becoming a refugee wasn’t difficult enough, Siyad had to deal with being born with a cleft lip. His mother couldn’t afford the surgery to fix his lip and he was stigmatized in the community and bullied at school because of the way he looked. Siyad’s self esteem was very low − he had difficulty talking and was not doing well at school so he rarely attended.

This all changed for the better when Siyad received surgery through a referral by our partner the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), who assists people with disabilities in the camp.

Siyad at the hospital, before receiving surgery for a cleft lip in February 2014. Photo: LWF Kenya/Djibouti

Siyad at the hospital before receiving surgery for a cleft lip in February 2014. Photo: LWF Kenya/Djibouti

Siyad is now fully recovered! He has regained his confidence and now talks fluently and plays with other children. He is doing much better at school and attends his classes regularly. He even says he wants to be a teacher when he grows up! Siyad’s family is very grateful and they are helping LWF find others in the camp who need surgery, so that more people can receive this life-changing support.

In partnership with LWF, CLWR has been supporting people with disabilities and educational programming in Dadaab refugee camp since 2011.

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