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    Getting two families a tool to make their lives a little easier

    Day 182

    The Little Things

    Sometimes the best ideas for change are those that make regular daily tasks simpler. And that’s what we heard today when we delivered two refrigerators to families that had been without.

    First we met Eman Al Ali. She lives with her brother and mother, who has asthma. She works outside the home and also helps with chores around the house. Because they don’t have a refrigerator in their home, Eman goes to the market often to get fresh food to be eaten before it spoils.

    With the new refrigerator, she is able to buy more food in one shopping trip. The refrigerator also keeps her mother’s medicine cool. And in the heat of Zaa’tari Camp, water chilled in the fridge is also valued. “For my mother’s Asthma I use the cold water to put it on a cloth and to wet her face and nose to help her breathe better.”

    Abd Alkareem was also looking for a solution to help his family eat fresher food, especially his youngest daughter, whose stomach can’t tolerate powdered milk. “Without a refrigerator we couldn’t keep anything fresh – we had to keep our food at our neighbors. It costs me extra trips to the market. Now I can get fresh milk every day for my daughter and store it safely.”

    Both Eman and Abd agreed that something as simple as a refrigerator changes their lives. “It might look like a simple affordable thing, but it’s going to take a lot of chores from my everyday life.” 

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