Mahdi and Mahwar
Mahdi and Mahwar Saleh Khadar are two siblings, relatively 13 and 12 years old.
They come from Solagh, near Sinjar City and were displaced in 2014 by the advancement of ISIS and now live in Bersve IDPs camp. Bersve hosts around 30 000 individuals and everyone shares a very small portion of space. Tents are amassed together leaving very little privacy to Bersve’s inhabitants. For instance, Mahdi and Mahwar live with other 10 poeple in 2 very small adjacent tents.
Specifically, after displacement their dad married a second wife and therefore their family has significantly grown. Nonetheless, there is not job available in the camp nor around and the family only survives of IDP governamental support (18 $ per person per month) and some small food vouchers they receive from another NGO.
Accordingly, new worries and needs have to be prioritised and Mahdi and Mahwar’s health necessities risk to be overshadowed. Indeed, both kids have a severe hearing impairment, but only recently Mahwar, the boy, was given a hearing aid. When then Mahwar seemed to refuse to wear it the family gave up on trying to address the problem and decided to focus on more pressing issues.
However, Mahwar finally confessed that he was highly bullied at school because of his cumbersome hearing support. In addition, Mahdi was also left in need of a surgery and according to a recent specialist report of a hearing aid device as well.
We decided not to give up on Mahdi and Mahwar.
Thanks to the support of the French Association for the Aid of Youths with Disabilities and People with Hadicaps (Association pour l’Aide aux Jeunes Infirmes et aux Personnes handicapées) we finally managed to buy two functional and comfortable hearing aids for them to help them grow confident and aware of what is happening around them. Now they can start going to school again, learn and become strong young adults!
Support for: 2 hearing aids
Cost: 1200$ (600 $ each)