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    Helping one family live together more comfortably

    Day 118

    The Gift of Privacy

    Most families in Za’atari live in caravans – small metal structures with four, five, or more people living together in one room. Even refugee families who were loving and stable before the war can fracture under the daily pressure of living in such tight quarters.

    Amira lives with her three sons and a nephew. There is no privacy in the caravan. They all share one open bathroom, which isn’t walled off. The front entrance also isn’t well secured, and there is a risk of dogs coming in at night.

    Amira’s nephew lives with her in the camp because he was separated from his family and is currently unable to reunite with them. Amira took him in and treats him like a fourth son.

    Her nephew, with support from the three sons, wanted to create more privacy and safety in the home as a gift for Amira. A small token of thanks for all she’s done for him.

    We put in a wall to make the bathroom more private. We also put in a second wall to close off the entrance and make the home safer for Amira and her boys.

    Amira was thrilled when she saw the end result! She said, “I lost my privacy the moment I became a refugee. There wasn’t even a door to the bathroom! I’m grateful you brought me back my privacy.”

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