Families in February
Mohammad is currently studying mechanical engineering in Sakarya near Istanbul.
This young 22 year-old Syrian would like to finish his studies in order to be able to aid his family, which is composed of seven people who have lost everything in the war. No-one in this family is working because all the children are still young and the father is over 60 and doesn't speak Turkish.
The family had hoped to send their son Mohammad far from the small Turkish town of Yayladag where they have found refuge. There was no work in this town which is situated in the neighbouring province of Hatay and it was necessary for Mohammad to leave to pursue his studies and find work.
Mohammad does not receive any financial aid from the Turkish state, but he was hoping to work weekends to pay for his education and to support himself. Unfortunately, that turned out to be much more difficult than he anticipated. In fact, it is not easy to succeed in studying at a high level in a foreign language and work at the same time as the studies require one's full time and attention.
For the moment, Mohammad is living in shared accommodation with other students. He needs approximately €400 per month to pay for his studies and living expenses. In three years Mohammad will finish his studies and will then be able to be suitably employed to help his brothers and sisters follow the same path.
Sarkoun Boulus and his wife, Josephine Abrahim, have three children who have all begun university studies. Sarkoun was working as an artist and also in the public service.
They were living in Kabeh Charmieh near Hassaké when fighting broke out in their village. They were forced to leave their home and flee across a river to the north. They eventually found refuge in a partly constructed building in Hassaké.
Later, in order to seek safer accommodation, they moved to Lattakié where Sarkoun underwent a heart operation. Currently, Sarkoun and his wife are retired and live in a rented apartment.
Aid from Coup de Pouce would be most welcome and would enable Sarkoun's family to meet their most urgent expenses in the form of accommodation, health and school fees.
Nidal and his wife Amara have four girls and a boy; the oldest girl is preparing for her baccalauréat, the youngest is four years-old. The family was living in Saqba near Damascus in the Ghouta region. Nidal was working for a furniture manufacturer.
Soon after the start of the hostilities, the area where they were living became dangerous, principally due to the bombings, forcing the family to escape and find refuge in Ayn al-Figeh. Because the region was under attack, Nidal attempted to help his parents but has only been able fo find shelter for his mother in Damascus.
When the Ayn al-Figeh region was under attack by the warring parties, Nidal's family had to leave by night to reach Dir Kanoun where they were able to find shelter in a mosque for several days. After many moves, the family arrived in Jaramana, a suburb in the south-east of Damascus.
Nidal and his family now live with friends who have offered them shelter. They need help to find and pay for accommodation and also to meet their health and food expenses.
In February, Coup de Pouce collected your donations amounting to CHF3,000 and, as a result of your generosity, was able to aid the three families concerned by giving them each CHF1,000.