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    Putting the last, first with Farooq

    Day 121

    The Dignity of a Home

    Meet Farooq. He’s 50 years old and lives alone in an abandoned storage unit in Za’atari Refugee Camp.

    We met him because the family of one of the youth who attends our Youth Center looks after him. Although they have little themselves, they provide him with food and other basic needs.

    When our team started brainstorming people they wanted to help, Farooq was at the top of the list. Questscope’s motto “putting the last, first” means that we look to help the most vulnerable and invisible people.

    The caravan Farooq was living in had no furniture and was covered in debris and stone. The walls were thin and cracked, with no protection against the wind and rain. Snakes and rodents would come in at night.

    Our team was able to build Farooq a new caravan and provide fresh mattresses. He even offered to give us what little money he had to go towards the mattresses. He just wanted to contribute in any way possible to the creation of his home.

    He said, “I feel like a human again. I have a place to sleep at night.”

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