Bigger Hope for the Future (2018) the story of Ayman, a 28 years old Syrian young man, who suffers from...

Under the project, “Filling Assistance Gaps in Basic Rehabilitation Services for Syrian Refugees and Their Peers in Host Communities in Lebanon” implemented by World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF) within the context of a Cooperative Agreement awarded by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration as a gift of the United States Government, a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program is being implemented in south of Lebanon in collaboration with Lebanese Well Fare Association for the Handicaps. (LWAH). Throughout the implementation of the project, the CBR team come across many inspirational life lessons to be learned from beneficiaries, “Behind every face we meet there is a hidden story”, says one of the CBR workers.

This time, the CBR program in South is introducing the story of Ayman, a 28 years old Syrian young man, who suffers from paraplegia. Ayman is the provider for his family, and he challenges his physical impairment on a daily basis, turning disability into ability, and trying to tailor his environment in a way to support him in living an independent life. Ayman tried his best to find a source of income, and due to support from his society, Ayman was able to equip a motorcycle with the needed tools for him to be able to drive it. Currently, he is being able to sell “bagels” on this motorcycle, but he is still facing the challenge to moving around his motorcycle when he parks so he would be able to serve his clients. Also, he had challenges in using public transportation. For that, he was borrowing, when possible, a walker from his neighbors to be able to do so.

Ayman was identified by LWAH CBR team in the south to benefit from the services provided by the project implemented by WRF, and accordingly, he was granted a walker. This walker was customized to meet his needs, for that he was provided with a walker that can be folded in order for him to be able to carry it with him wherever he goes (especially while using public transportation) and this was very important to him because at one point he couldn’t work or move freely which affected him on different levels (economic situation, self-esteem, etc). Ayman was also referred to PSS sessions by the CBRW and will start attending caregivers support group sessions as of this month. This was a slight gesture compared to all the effort Ayman and his society had done before, but it changed Ayman's life by making it easier and gave him hope that he will be able to ameliorate his work and to provide all the survival needs for his family independently. Ayman taught us that giving up and despair, are the roots towards disability and that dedication and perseverance, are leading steps to overcome difficulties and face life hardships with a positive mindset.

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