Help For Syrian Family

Hello, my name is Victoria and I am from Aleppo, Syria. I'm here with my Mom, and 15 and 22 year old sisters. We are currently in Lebanon, after having to leave our home in Syria because of the ongoing civil war 10 months ago. We first went to Armenia, but after realizing we can't live there, and due to economic problems, we decided to come to Lebanon instead.

As the price of getting to Lebanon from Armenia was too expensive, my mom took a bus to Turkey with help of some friends. We found a cheap flight to Beirut from Istanbul, after selling everything we have with us that brings enough cash for the tickets. I had to hitchhike from Armenia to Istanbul to save money.

We arrived in Beirut five months ago, and we still don't have a place to live in. There is four females - and such a situation is very difficult for us. We have tried to work whenever we found work, our main problem now is that we don't have a place to stay, and are barely making money for living. Lebanon is a pretty expensive place to be, and we used almost every single thing we owned to make enough money to reach here.

At the moment we are not living together. Each one of us is staying with someone we know who has an extra bed or space to host us. My mom is taking care of an old woman in the hospital and also staying there, for very little amount of money, while she herself needs someone to take care of her, as she has history of several surgeries for breast cancer from not too long ago. Right before we leave Syria by four days she had her last surgery.

I want us all to live together, like we used to do in Aleppo. Have our own place, be a family again, but our economic situation does not help this - we are barely making money for our daily needs on its cheapest way. Sometimes we can't even afford the cheapest thing. My mom's mentality changed a lot - she is not the full-of-life woman I used to see, she is not smiling anymore, barely talking about things. She is depressed, and my youngest sister changed too - she doesn't want to leave us anymore, she thinks we will always stay apart from each other and she told me many times how in the school she feels bad when her friends talk about their families who live with them, or when they say "our home". My other sister and I had to quit university. We can't afford to pay the fees of a university here, we decided we will continue later, now its time to work on getting a place and take care of our mom and youngest sister.

I will use the raised money to rent a small place here, get some second hand furniture - something that can cover the rent and our daily needs for some time until we save enough and start relying on ourselves again. I don't want my mom to work, because she needs to rest. Living as a family like we used to is our dream now, all in one place, in a place we will call our home again.

Thank you very much for your appreciation and time :)

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