Help Jouma

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Goal : UK £5,000

Raised : UK £630

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In August 2019 I came across a BBC clip (link below) showing the story of a little boy from Syria, Jouma. He and his family were fleeing their home in Syria in 2018 when an air strike hit the bus they were travelling on. 

Jouma was severely wounded as the explosion caused the window to shatter in his face. He and his family, including his father who also suffered terrible injuries, were taken to a local hospital but there was no advanced medical care available for his Jouma's horrific injuries. As a result Jouma lost his sight. He was just three years old at the time. 


For many months afterwards the family struggled whilst in a refugee camp, and Jouma battled not only his blindness, but a broken leg and numerous infections. It wasn't until some very caring people (who i am still in touch with) heard of his condition that the family were moved out of the camp. However the pain and suffering just continued. Jouma has been in and out of hospital several times over the last 18 months. 
Jouma and his family now live in a poor area in Lebanon. 
He is receiving medicine and treatment, but this comes at a cost. As do their living expenses. Local doctors have stated he will never regain his sight, and he still bleeds from his injuries due to embedded glass.

The hope is he can eventually receive proper treatment and surgery in Europe, and receive the help he very much needs and deserves. The family have an application with the UNHCR which has been approved in order for them to be relocated, however due to Covid this is taking a very long time to arrange. Jouma has a younger brother and sister too, so the family really need all the help we can give them. My goodness they deserve it after all they have been through.

Every bit of money raised will all go to Jouma and his family, in order to pay for food, clothing, Jouma's medical treatment and local education which is vital in order for him to have a future and a fulfilled life.

As a dad myself to a 4 and 5 year old, Jouma's story just broke my heart. Not being able to see his toys or his mothers face. I can't begin to imagine my own kids in this situation. I need to help in any possible way I can, and I need your help. Jouma is such a clever, loving little boy. I speak with the family (via our friend and interpreter Lina) regularly, and he always has a smile for me. It melts my heart. But he has said recently how he doesn't feel OK, and how all he wants is to see again and become a doctor so he can fix his eyes. It's so heartbreaking to hear, and I wish I could help him more. I would give anything. 

If you would like to visit the @HelpJouma page on Facebook you will see how much I have been doing. I have ran some marathons (plan on even more), and last year completed a charity cycle from the UK to Syria (2,634 miles!) to try and raise funds for Jouma. I am currently planning some more physical challenges to help raise awareness (update soon!). There are also pictures, videos and updates from Jouma on my Facebook page. 

You can see Joumas story here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-49370674/a-young-face-scarred-by-war-the-impact-of-an-air-strike-one-year-on

PLEASE donate any amount you can to help Jouma, as either a one off donation, or even set up a regular donation if you would like to. No matter how small. Give Send Go gives that option. It's appreciated more than I could ever say. 

Thank you for considering supporting us. We can't give Jouma his sight back but we can make a difference to his life.
He didn't deserve any of this. Let's make him smile again.

Iain

UPDATES

Update #3
April 27, 2021
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We received a few donations yesterday from people who wished to remain anonymous. I just wanted to say thank you so much for your kind generosity. It means a lot 💙

Update #2
April 22, 2021
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“Jouma and his family have now been passed for resettlement by UNHCR in Lebanon and they are waiting for an interview with an embassy, so it still seems there is a long wait ahead of them.  It has been difficult keeping funds coming in to pay for their room rental and the large hospital bills for tests on Jouma’s eyes, and two admissions for high fever recently, (not covid related but the covid tests for Jouma and his brother cost £300 alone).  Without the funds they would have been turned away as Lebanon hospitals will no longer treat refugees.
This is an example of why your donations are so vital for Jouma. 

Info about Jouma featured in the press 2019
April 22, 2021
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Here is another article featured in The Times in Sep 2019 about Jouma and the terrible situation in Syria.  https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/escapees-from-syrias-war-still-fear-the-future-fwk27x6j2?region=global&ni-statuscode=acsaz-307

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