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    Making life just a little easier for Yamen

    Day 142

    A Place to Sleep

    Living with cancer is difficult and exhausting, and as a refugee it’s even harder. Today we wanted to make life just a little easier for Yamen, a seven year old living in Za’atari who is taking chemotherapy for his cancer treatments.

    When we met with his family, we asked how we could help support Yamen. “It would be lovely if he has a bed, because he is laying down most of the time,” said his mother, “I don’t like that he is on the ground.”

    A simple thing like a bed for a boy that was already dealing with so much? We knew we had to act.

    We went to work to find a carpenter in the community who could help make a bed for Yamen on short notice. “This would help make life for Yamen more comfortable,” said teammate Georgie, “but would also support someone in the community with some extra income.”

    The amazing part is that the carpenter built a beautiful bed in about one hour!

    We loaded the bed on a donkey cart and moved it about ½ mile across camp to Yamen’s home. His family was speechless at the speed of this act of generosity. Everyone was all smiles – not the least Yamen at the sight of his new bed.

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