WAR KILLS, ORPHANS AND INJURES CHILDREN.
In times of war, children suffer the most. They lose their homes and families. Their schools and hospitals. They’re wounded and permanently disabled. And they’re vulnerable to all kinds of exploitation, from sexual abuse to child soldiers.
We’re doing whatever we can to help children with disabilities living in the Kakuma refugee camp. These children have fled unspeakable violence, and urgently need your healing love right now.
Your gift will help refugee children living with disabilities.
will pay for one child to receive an examination, medicine, physiotherapy and/or minor surgery at the mobile clinic in Kakuma
will pay the total costs of transportation to the hospital, major surgery, physiotherapy and rehabilitation for one child
REFUGEE CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP
Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya is a hard place for any child to live. Day after day, they face scorching heat, scorpions and malaria outbreaks. But life in Kakuma is almost unbearable for a child with a disability – especially for girls.
Girls with disabilities are 3-4 times more likely to be physically and sexually abused. This danger is especially high in this overcrowded refugee camp, where strangers are thrown together by trauma and conflict.
Nyajal is especially at risk. She lives in the camp with her 18-year-old sister. Nyajal suffers from Windswept deformity; she can’t go to school because the pain in her severely bent legs prevents her from walking the distance. Truth is, she also avoids other kids at the camp who bully her mercilessly.
Nyajal sits at home all day, at serious risk of exploitation and abuse.
There is a way we can help Nyajal. Hope and Healing International is partnered with a hospital just outside of Nairobi. They have skilled and dedicated medical professionals who are ready and willing to travel the 672 kilometres to the Kakuma refugee camp to treat children like Nyajal.
But they need your help to cover the cost of travel for the team, as well as for medical equipment and supplies.
An Interview with Nyajal
Field Worker: What is your daily life like inside Kakuma?
Nyajal: It is hard. My knees and my ankles hurt a lot. It hurts too much to walk around, so I stay here at home while Nyaclhiel is at school. She comes home at breaktime to check on me, but I miss her. I miss our parents. I wish they would come back. I’m afraid of being here alone.
Field Worker: What do you do at home all day while you wait for your sister?
Nyajal: I like to draw.
Field Worker: Can I see some of your drawings?
Nyajal: Oh. I don’t have any paper or pencils. I just use a stick. She showed me how she draws in the dirt (She showed me how she draws in the dirt).
Field Worker: How do you and your sister get food? Does she have a job?
Nyajal: No, the people at the camp give us food once a month. And firewood every two months. But it always runs out – the food and the firewood. We don’t eat very much, and it gets cold at night.
Field Worker: Do you wish you were at school like your sister?
Nyajal: Kind of. I liked learning. My favourite subject was English. But the school here in the camp is too far away; it hurts too much to walk there. And the other kids made fun of me. So I stopped going. It’s easier to just stay home.
Field Worker: How would you feel if someone paid to give you free surgery on your legs?
Nyajal: I’d like that very much. It would be good to not hurt so much anymore.