Ahla Fawda volunteers filled the truck with boxes of boots, shoes, toys and clothes for needy Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian families in Tripoli and Akkar.
We arrived at a small informal collection of tents set in the agricultural land of Akkar, north Lebanon for our distribution.
Ahla Fawda brought fun and smiles to the children with a wonderful magic show by Jamie Jibberish, a humanitarian magician, while our volunteers unpacked and prepared for the distribution. What exactly does a magician keep in his black hat?
Everyone, young or old, was fitted for the shoes/boots of their choice. So many children and adults were wearing sandals and were delighted to receive warm and cosy footwear. Cuddly toys brought great big smiles to appear!
Refugee life is not easy, being a refugee is not a choice but a desperate act fleeing from terror that most of us will never know. Lives on hold, little help dealing with internal scars, but safety from bombs is available in these little tent villages, much else is not.
As usual, we were welcomed with smiles and invited to share tea and taste lunch - all delicious! Such welcome and hospitality is always humbling.
Enormous thanks to all our donors, to the schools and nurseries who participated in the "Warm Feet Campaign" and to our smiling energetic volunteers who make it all actually happen on the ground!
Imane Nasreddine Assaf Ziad Daouk Abed Tala Irene Hodges-Abdallah Gloria Cattafesta Zeidan Fadi Salah El Din Margaret Warren Rayya Seline, Alexandra Jamie Balfour-Paul Paola Magic for Smiles - Jamie Jibberish