The blessing of safe shelter

Falling plaster from Fatima’s ceiling was putting her in danger. But that has now changed, thanks to Lutheran support!

Fatima is a Syrian refugee living in a community in northern Jordan. Like many, she has been forced to live in a shelter in urgent need of repairs because there is not enough affordable, decent housing for the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees coming into the area. Some people are even living in sheds, chicken coops and storage units – places that were never meant to be homes.

Syrian refugee families are living in places like storage units because there is not enough affordable housing. LWF/H.Patterson

Syrian refugee families are living in places like storage units because there is not enough affordable housing. LWF/H.Patterson

This can make life very unsafe. Houses without locking doors and holes in walls and ceilings don’t protect from intruders and bad weather. No running water means poorer hygiene, which means people are getting sick much more easily, especially children.

Fatima's crumbling ceiling was fixed thanks to a CLWR project to help Syrian refugees with unsafe homes. CLWR/K.Schroeder

Fatima’s crumbling ceiling was fixed because of a CLWR project to help Syrian refugees with unsafe houses. CLWR/K.Schroeder

This is why, with your support, we’ve been making repairs to houses in the worst shape. Fatima is very grateful for the good new ceiling that was installed by contractors hired through the Lutheran World Federation. She no longer has to be afraid of being hurt by falling plaster.

Kafa'a and her five children now have safe water for drinking, cooking and washing, thanks to your support. CLWR/K.Schroeder

Kafa’a and her five children now have safe water for drinking, cooking and washing, thanks to your support. CLWR/K.Schroeder

Kafa’a, Fatima’s daughter and a mother of five children, also got some much-needed upgrades to her house. A water tank, sink, tap and water pipes means her family has safe water available for drinking, cooking and washing. An exhaust fan to remove stale, moist air will make her house much healthier.

Ten-year-old Muhammad lives with his mother and four siblings in a makeshift home in northern Jordan. CLWR/K.Schroeder

Ten-year-old Muhammad lives with his mother and four siblings in a makeshift home in northern Jordan. CLWR/K.Schroeder

Both Fatima and Kafa’a were such warm and beautiful women. It was such an honour to meet them.

– Kristy Schroeder, Program Officer, CLWR

*The upgrades to Fatima’s and Kafa’a’s shelters were made possible by our donors, the Lutheran World Federation in Jordan, and a grant from the Canadian government.

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