The crisis in Aleppo, beginning in 2011, brought about many tragedies as people were forced to abandon their homes and look for a new place to live. Asaad and his wife, Badea, along with their five children, have lived in AlAnsari for twelve years. One of their children, Hussam Alfaek (25 years old), is mentally and physically disabled, so he requires a lot of Above: Asaad and his family with ADRA Syria Staff attention. Even with these challenges, the family didn’t feel they were suffering until they were compelled to flee their home. In 2011, they were displaced to Lattakia, a city about 185 kilometers away from Aleppo, and stayed there with other displaced families. Due to the lack of income, they had to move to several places in Lattakia. Then, hoping for a better life, they moved to Homs where they stayed for six months with some relatives. But to their dismay, they could not find what they were hoping for and had to return to Lattakia. Below: Asaad’s home before rehabilitation
AL-ANSARI, ALEPPO SYRIA ASSISTANCE FOR SHELTER INITIATIVES (SASI)
In 2017, the situation was safe to return to Al-Aansari, Aleppo, and Asaad began preparations to go home. Tragically, a month before the family returned to Aleppo, their son, Hassan, was killed, causing them more pain and suffering. When the family entered the house for the first time in five years, they could not believe what they saw, because the house was severely damaged with no water, electricity, outside doors, windows, or furniture.
“IF IT WERE NOT FOR
“We were so determined to return home. Even if it was completely destroyed, we would set up a tent and live in it,” says Badea.
ADRA SYRIA, WE
In November 2017, ADRA Syria started the owner-oriented project to rehabilitate houses in the Al-Ansari area. ADRA Syria provided basic, but essential needs, for a better life. Damaged doors and windows were replaced with new ones; walls were re-painted; anything related to the water system was fixed, and water tanks were provided, when needed.
BEEN ABLE TO
“If it were not for ADRA Syria, we would not have been able to rehabilitate the house. We would not have been able to afford it. We would like to thank every person who helped executing this project and we hope for more to come,” says Badea. Asaad’s home during and after rehabilitation
WOULD NOT HAVE REHABILITATE THE HOUSE. WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO AFFORD IT. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERY PERSON WHO HELPED EXECUTING THIS PROJECT AND WE HOPE FOR MORE TO COME,” SAYS BADEA.