HALA DAYE - 9 YEARS OLD

11/30/2014

It was the night preceding the first day of feast.
Such nights have always been known of their crowds, lights and delight in Aleppo city. That night was exceptional. I would look out of my window into a city dipped in darkness, where the lights of mortars and missals had replaced the sky's shooting stars.
Under my balcony walked little kids in the dark, carrying water containers and talking about water, electricity, displacement and weapons. Feast preparations was not one of the s

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Qudsaya Village Children Support Eastern Ghouta Children

04/25/2018

“This is my favorite pajama, should I put it in the box too?” said Ehsan nine-year-old child, looking at his favorite piece of clothing. After a minute of thinking, he took it and put it in the donation’s box. At an initiative from Wissam, the psychologist of Qudsaya village, children of the village gathered clothes to donate them for the children who were evacuated recently from besieged Eastern Ghouta. It is the weekend, and the village is like a beehive. Some children packing clothes, oth

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A successful leg surgery for Walid

08/28/2017

Walid* sat on the street-ground to fetch his ball that rolled under a bus just before voices started rising high around him. He got up only to see a motorcycle dashing towards him. Walid hit the edge of the road and passed out. Walid is a 12-year-old boy who lives in a non-residential warehouse in Al-Jumailyia region. His parents, two sisters, and he fled from Al-Firdous region after the destruction of their house and war aggravations that went through their city. Walid was a top student

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A Day in the Life of SOS Children's Villages Damascus

12/04/2014

SOS mother Samar lives in the Qadsaya village house Number 8, with her eight children, from different social backgrounds.
In front of it is a big apple tree, which, like all of the trees in the village, was planted by the children.

Inside, the house is filled with the mouth-watering aroma of food being prepared.

Children are gathered around the television in the living room while mother Samar cooks in the kitchen.

Eleven-year-old Said and his

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James' Challenges for SOS Children's Villages

07/21/2017

James Brewer is an Athletic and philanthropist from the united kingdom. A small town located in the north east called Scarborough is where he was brought up. When he grew up he moved to London where he started a new life and a new job. James works with computers and does a lot of math during his day but that didn't prevent him from doing what he likes the most which is playing the sport. Like many people, James was affected by the Syrian crisis and how children's life became dangerous and sad t

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Baking cakes of hope

08/03/2017

Standing in front of the mixer in her tiny kitchen, Nesreen went back with her memory to the kitchen of her old house in Ghotta (the country side of Damascus). That kitchen was a big one with every needed gadget to cook delicious meals. “What a rollercoaster, Eh Al Hamdolellah,” said Nesreen to herself. The sound of her children’s laughter pulled her out of her thoughts; it was music to her ears. With a content smile on her face, she continued to mix the cake to sell tomorrow. Like thousands of

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Where trust and respect matter

05/28/2018

It is a busy day at the SOS Children’s Villages shelter for unaccompanied refugee boys in Athens. There are emotional goodbyes for a 17-year-old from Pakistan who is joining his sister in Spain. Children returning from school take a lunch break before going upstairs for language classes. And, in another emotion-filled moment, the staff have just received news that three brothers from Afghanistan who have been at the shelter for ten months have been granted asylum in Greece. In a country strug

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Together again

02/05/2018

Khaled, Hazem, and Raghad are three siblings who live in Aleppo with their divorced mother. Their life was normal until the war broke out in their neighborhood. Days of disturbance hunger, and fear have passed on them. They bravely faced this all, with the hope that their small house remains safe. “We took all the pains of besiegement, but our only concern was the house. Mom spent a lot to make it a good living place for us after my father left with another woman.”, said 14-year-old Khlaed, the

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SOS Children’s Villages in Syria Celebrate the Occasion of Prophet Mohammad's Birth

01/25/2014

 Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with Al-Arfi Culture and Heritage Arcade and on the occasion of Prophet Mohammad's birth, an event has been announced as "Syrian Heritage: Joy and Morality" for the children of SOS Children's Village in Syria, along with other children from different associations, the celebration was attended by the Syrian Minister of Culture Dr. Lubana Mashouh and a representative of the Syrian Ministry of al-Awqaf. The celebration included

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Yasser, brilliantly catching up on his Education

06/05/2018

Syria was the land where Yasser* opened his eyes and lived his early childhood, surrounded by his parents, siblings and friends. The idea of leaving his homeland to start a new life in Jordan never crossed his mind. Until the unexpected Syrian war broke out, changing the normal course of the family’s life into forced displacement and uncertainty about what the present and the future holds for them. Displacement came with numerous struggles on the psychological, social, and financial levels f

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It's time to have a home

06/27/2017

Iman with her sisters came to SOS interim care center before 1 and a half year, They were suffering from a bad health that caused by the hard conditions they were living after they flee their house in Damascus rural. They escaped with their parents because of the heavy clashes that were running in their street. Everything till now was bearable, but suddenly their father became very sick and lost his strength which led their mother to go and search for a job. a few months later, a very bad thing

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Rami, a Working Child

06/12/2018

Rami* is a 10-year-old child who used to live with his family in the vicinity of Aleppo. Rami’s family experienced tragic days when the war broke out in their neighbourhood. They had no choice but to flee the area.   “I have six children to feed with little income to sustain them. Our small cottage on the outskirts of Aleppo has become a bad memory for them. Every time we mention it, tears fill their big eyes and fall down their small cheeks.” Rami’s father said. The father took his family

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Healing From Trauma

08/11/2017

Youssef* is a 13-year-old boy who lives in Tariq Al Bab region with his parents and seven siblings. However, after having lost their father and young sister under the rubble of war-torn buildings, Youssef family decided to leave their house and seek Jibreen shelters. Today, Youssef is partly responsible for their sustainability. Shortly after Youssef’s family left, they heard about SOS’s Child Friendly Space Center. His younger siblings went there and enjoyed many activities. They were very

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FIRST DAY AT THE SOS TEMPORARY CHILD CARE CENTERS

12/30/2014

Sunday 14/12/2014, one of the coldest, most rainy days in the city of Damascus; a date that will crown the efforts of three months with words of children pronouncing success.
A place that’s been empty since the beginning of war has now come to life with the whispers and laughter of children running around with a big smile drawn of their face and a bright spark in their eyes.

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From living in an old car to SOS interim care center

04/15/2017

He was only 7 years old when he lost his father, it was very difficult experience for Samer as a child, especially that he used to look at his father as a super hero. For him he was undefeatable but now he is dead. All that turned his sadness into an unbearable anger toward every one including his father. Day after day Samer starts to miss classes, instead, he spends most of his time in the streets. To add a salt on an open wound, one day Samer went home and didn’t find his mother, she left, ju

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From Cairo with Love

12/07/2014

Don't give up, we love you and we are praying for Syria those were their wishes of peace sent from children of Al Maadi Community School in Cairo, Egypt, to their friends at SOS Children's Villages Syria.Children of SOS Children's Villages received group of handmade cards crafted by children's little hands in Cairo, drawing their hopes and wishes for a safer home and a better situation.  Beside their hopeful wishes, a precious gift was collected from their own pocket money to send 60

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Children of SOS Children's Villages in Syria Take an Exceptional Journey with their Butterflies

09/16/2014

As the SOS Children's Villages stresses on linking with partners to work together for the benefit of children, a group of volunteers from SARC visited our children to experience together an activity entitled "My Journey with the Butterfly". The journey targeted children from both villages of Aleppo and Damascus between the ages of 7 to 12 years old; it took place at SOS Children's Villages in Damascus on Wednesday 9th<

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Somebody misses you

10/11/2017

“Amer , I have good news for you”, This sentence was enough to make Amer's eyes as big and shiny as stars. “Your sister has been looking for you for the last 2 years and she can’t wait to see you. She was very happy when she knew that you are safe” said Miss Wissam, the Psychological-Support Specialist in Qudsaia village. All the happiness that Amer felt at that moment turned into tears, tears of absolute happiness. Amer started to count the hours till he meets his elder sister, he barely knows

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Hanan determined to forge her own way in the world

12/12/2017

Hanan is a 20 years old young lady, living in SOS Children’s Village Qudsaya. She had good grades in high school, which allowed her to pursue Chemistry studies in Damascus University. In addition to liking to study scientific subjects in school, Hanan also has a passion for languages like Japanese, and English, that she learns in a private institute in parallel to her university studies. The story of Hanan within SOS started when her aunt brought her to the village with her siblings at the a

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A home away from home for young refugees in Austria

05/15/2018

As a group of children take a break from their homework to question why a bed is being assembled in their house, an announcement is made.  “I have some good news, this week we will get a new member of our family, a thirteen-year-old girl from Syria,” says Andrea Schritter from SOS Children’s Villages Austria. Ms Schritter is the manager of a house for unaccompanied refugee minors in Ebreichsdorf, Austria, which opened in October 2015 and is now home to 14 children aged between nine and 18 fr

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A life saving journey

05/19/2017

It was 10.00 am, Hadeel`s parents and the SOS health team members were standing next to the operation room, extremely worried, when the doctor came to announce the happy news that Hadeel’s surgery was successful.   Tears of joy fell from her mom’s eyes, as she could picture her daughter having a new life, where she will have a happy and normal child’s life. At that moment, she also recalled the time when Hadeel’s face used to turn blue after just 10 minutes of doing any activity, due to her hea

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