“We are living.”
That is how Abdal describes his new life in Lebanon.
Forced to flee his beloved homeland—war-ravaged Syria—Abdal, his wife Friyal and their three children have found safety. But their new neighbourhood does not feel like home.
Around them are rows of makeshift corrugated metal shelters. Weary families flood in, plunking their belongings wherever they find space.
For Abdal, a big problem is not being able to find secure employment. “Half of my life is destroyed without work,” he laments.
Abdal is not alone. With an unemployment rate of over 25 per cent, the Lebanese government fears that refugees will take jobs from its citizens.
Some refugees take illegal jobs for a bit of income. If they are caught they can be sent back to Syria. For the sake of his family, Abdal doesn’t want to take this risk.
Abdal’s family is luckier than most though. They are staying rent-free in a room owned by a relative. But even with no rent payments, circumstances are challenging and it is difficult to afford food and other living expenses.
For Abdal, the monthly food vouchers his family received have made a huge difference.
“Thank you for making this happen”
The PWS&D-supported food assistance project with Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners means refugees can use vouchers to purchase food from local grocery stores. With this assistance, they are able to have nutritious, home-cooked meals while saving money for other living expenses.
“Without them we wouldn’t have anything to eat,” says a thankful Abdal.
With this crucial support, Abdal feels he is better able to face each uncertain day until he can return home.
“You have wide hands. Thank you for not forgetting us.”
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*Adapted from a story by John Longhurst on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank website.
Refugee children living in Lebanon, pictured above, received lifesaving food aid through PWS&D and partners at Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
To learn more about how food assistance with the Foodgrains Bank works, check out this new video.