Secure a future for little Hanan

Little Hanan, 7, was injured in Syria when a bomb went through her house, and as a consequence suffered a right high trans-tibia traumatic amputation on September 23, 2013. Because of the lack of medical treatment in Syria, she was transported across the border to Jordan for medical treatment. Unfortunately, her parents were denied entry into Jordan, as Jordan did not want more refugees. As a result, little Hanan has been separated from her immediate family for the past 10 months. The necessary treatment was unfortunately not available in Jordan so she was flown to Chicago by PCRF after funding was secured for her at Lurie Children's Hospital for a prosthetic leg. When Hanan arrived in the US in mid-April she needed to learn to walk again as she had no crutches or therapy to speak of and hadn't walked since her trauma last September.

Hanan was not able to go to school while in Jordan for multiple reasons; the refugee school is not near to her aunt and uncle's home and has no facilities for handicapped children. Refugees cannot attend Jordan's public schools. She has been attending first grade at a Chicago private school for the last couple of months where she's proven to be a very smart child and very driven to learn, as her teachers can attest. 

She will be returning to Jordan to stay with her aunt, uncle, and their three daughters - all of them refugees from Syria in Jordan. She cannot be reunited with her parents and siblings, as the situation in war-torn Syria is very bad. Her uncle's financial situation is extremely precarious.  He has difficulties securing even their most basic needs. We have confirmed with her family that the refugee school will not be an option for Hanan when she returns to Jordan soon. The school is too far and requires money for transportaion which the family does not have. In addition, the refugee schools are by definition poor in all resources, overcrowded, and usually provide very poor education at best. 

Hanan is in a very vulnerable situation. Unfortunately, in the Middle East, disabled people constitute, and/or are perceived to constitute, an inevitable and significant drain on society and family resources. In addition, her new prosthetic will last only a maximum of two years. Her family is not in a position to support her special needs.  Funding for continued medical care, new prostheses, and a private education is her only hope.  She won't likely have the opportunity to marry and will need to support herself long-term. She cannot do so without an education. 

We are appealing to you to give Hanan a chance in life.  This little girl has captured many hearts over the last three months and it is inconceivable that she will return to a place where her future is likely to be unhappy and lonely unless we take steps to secure it. No amount is too small or too large and simply spreading the word is just wonderful as well. Thank you for reading about this special little girl.

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April Bridgeman 
Chicago, IL
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