Families in March
The family of Gena Alawani
Gena is 29 years old and was living in the suburb of Assabil in Homs with her husband and five children.
Her husband worked in advertising in a sugar refinery. During the hostilities which ravaged this town, their home was destroyed. The husband remained in Homs while the family sought refuge in Damascus.
Two months later, Gena's husband was killed on his way to work. As a result, Gena was forced to leave Damascus and went to Hama where she currently lives with her mother, two sisters and a brother. Her sister's husband has disappeared and the extended family now consists of 13 people, all living in a small apartment.
The two sisters are trying to find work in a hairdressing salon which may therefore provide income for them. The assistance of Coup de Pouce would be invaluable to pay for the rent and school fees for the children.
The family of Om Qusai
The family of Om Quasi is composed of the father, mother and four children, two of whom are married. Before the outbreak of the hostilities, the family lived in Aleppo in the suburb of Az-Zahra. When the war reached Aleppo they had to leave their apartment, at which time that the father was working as an accountant. Following that, their new accommodation was struck by a missile forcing the family to move again and find shelter with the son who was living in two rooms with eight other people.
Consequently, the suburb where they were living became too dangerous and the entire family moved from Aleppo to Istanbul. There the father found work and the two young men of the family found work in a textile factory.
Because life in Istanbul is difficult and expensive, the father and one of his sons left for Germany leaving his wife behind. The sister-in-law has left with two children for Gaziantep in Turkey.
The family of Katia Ragha
The family of Katia comprises four people - the father, mother and their twin daughters aged 14. Before the hostilities, the father worked in a garage at Harasta and the family lived in a house in Arbeen.
With circumstances becoming dangerous because of the fighting, the family had to flee and find shelter in Jaramana where they now live in a rented room. The father has not found work but Katia is employed in a kindergarten and her daughters are attending school. Assistance would be very welcome to help the father establish a small business and enable the family to be housed in safer accommodation.
The family of Rime Aazakir
Rime lived with her husband and four children in the working-class suburb of Hama. When the hostilities reached this town the whole suburb was destroyed, following which Rime's husband died of a heart attack. Rime then moved to her brother's home where she lived with another brother and their children.
Eventually Rime left her brother's apartment and is now renting a toy shop. The shop owner has installed a toilet and fitted out a shed to make it more livable.
Rime is living in this premises with her four children. The assistance of Coup de Pouce would enable this family to be housed in better conditions.