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BANKING DETAILS

SADAQAH, LILLAH, ZAKAAT

Account Name: Africa Muslims Agency
Bank Name: Standard Bank
Account Number: 061565253
Branch Code: 00 52 05
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ

PROJECTS (eg Waterwell, Masjid, etc)

Account Name: AMA Projects Account
Bank Name: Standard Bank
Account Number: 242017223
Branch Code: 005205
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Ref: Cell No and Waterwell / Borehole / Masjid

 

Success story: Refugee siblings dream big after being displaced twice

From their family being displaced twice, to losing their father at a young age, both Hamza and Doha Mahmoud have had to face a lot of hardships throughout their lives.

Originally Palestinian, the Mahmoud family was pushed out of Palestine in 1948 during the Nakba, also known as the Catastrophe. They had to leave everything behind, from their relatives to their home and personal belongings, in search for safety and a new place to call home.

While in Syria, the family had managed to start over, with the father starting a business which gave them some financial freedom and both Doha and Hamza were able to go to school and make friends.

As the war in Syria raged on the family were forced to leave their home once again, just after they had become accustomed to a new normal and had just about managed to find a sense of belonging again.

The family ended up fleeing to Lebanon in 2013, and found themselves first in the al Yarmouk refugee camp and then later moved to a tent in the Ein el Helwa camp in south Lebanon, where they had to start over again.

Doha and Hamza’s father died from lung cancer, leaving their mother in a great amount of debt in order to look after them both.

After his father died, Hamza felt responsible for looking after his family and providing for them, as well as making sure they were safe.

Jihan Kaisi, an AMA representative, says that he was forced to grow up quickly after his father’s death.

“When we spoke to him, he told us that he was now responsible for his sister and his mother, and wanted to work hard to look after the family,” she said.

As the family fell into financial strain, both Doha and Hamza were also struggling to find a school that would accept them because of their refugee status.

With no friends, proper shelter or income, they family had started to lose hope, a burden that took a mental toll on all of them.

However, when AMA visited the family in their refugee camp, they were able to work in order to get both siblings sponsored and enrolled into school.

According to their mother, the sponsorship they received through AMA was a huge turning point for the family, and helped them recover psychologically as well as live a more comfortable life.

“Everything is better now, from their clothes, to even little things like being able to go out to restaurants every once in a while,” she says.

“They both feel like they have people who care for them now, their lives are a lot more positive, especially mentally. They found it really hard at first, particularly because we don’t have any relatives or extended family here in Lebanon,” she added.

Hamza now says he wants to become a businessman in the future, so he can earn a decent wage and help those who need it most. Doha fluctuates from wanting to be a fashion designer, stemming from her love for experimenting with style, to becoming a photographer, so she can capture the change that will happen in Syria and Palestine, she says.

“Although I wasn’t born in Palestine, it still means a lot to us and I would love to go back one day when it’s free,” she says.

Despite now moving from the camps into a home, the family still feel the loss of their father.

“If I had just one wish, it would be to bring my father back to see him, even if it was just for a few minutes. But I know that can never happen,” says Doha.

 


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