Walking with her prosthetic in front of her house in Jordan.
My name is Sahar Mawlawi and I am from Chicago. My husband, our three girls, and I hosted little Hanan back in 2014 for 8 months.
Little Hanan, now 10, 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 since then.
She was flown to Chicago by PCRF in April 2014 after my husband secured funding for her at Lurie Children's Hospital for a prosthetic leg. During her stay with us in Chicago, she underwent a corrective surgery of her stump at Shriners Hospital, received a prosthetic leg at Lurie Children Hospital, and physical therapy to learn how to walk.
She went back to Amman, Jordan in November 2014 and has been staying with her grandmother as she cannot be reunited with her parents and siblings since the situation in war-torn Syria is very bad and she won't be able to get the necessary medical treatment that she will continue to need.
Since her return to Jordan, she has been going to school where she has been excelling thanks to the funds that we were able to raise back for her in 2014. These funds allowed her to stay in Jordan and paid for a private tutor, for bus transportation to and from school, for the rent, heat, clothes, food, and any other needs. These funds unfortunately are coming to an end and Hanan's future is now in jeopardy.
Her family's financial situation is extremely precarious and her family has difficulties securing even their most basic needs. In addition to that, unfortunately, in the Middle East, disabled people constitute, and/or are perceived to constitute, an inevitable and significant drain on society and family resources. She won't likely have the opportunity to marry and will need to support herself long-term. She cannot do so without an education, the education that she is presently receiving in Jordan.
Hanan is in a very vulnerable situation as she will have to return to war-torn Syria if we do not help her financially so that she can afford to stay in Jordan, continue her education, and her necessary medical treatment.
Funds raised will be used to pay for rent, school transportation, tutoring, clothes, food, heat, and other needs she may have.
We are appealing to you to give Hanan a chance in life. It is inconceivable that she will return to war-torn Syria where her future will likely be inexistant 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.
We visited Hanan this summer. She is doing great and was as happy to see us as we were to see her. (see pictures and videos)
Thank you for reading about this special little girl.
- Jen Kilpatrick
Organizer and beneficiary
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