December 19, 2017

One of the accomplishments you can be most proud of supporting is the 30,000 women who are currently active in therapy groups organized by our Syria team in communities and shelters throughout the country.

Among those efforts is Hear My Heart, a therapy space for women to support one another that is led by trained facilitators. It is also a way for our staff to understand women's needs and worries so we can better serve them and their families.

Hear My Heart helps women and girls like 15-year-old Ghada, who fled Aleppo with her family more than two years ago.


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Displaced and living near the city of Homs, Ghada struggled to connect with other girls who had arrived from different parts of the country.  Imagine the anxieties faced by any normal teenager, let alone one who has been faced with the violence and deprivation Syrians have experienced.  

We discovered Ghada had a talent for handicrafts. Hear My Heart workshops and activities helped Ghada and her peers become more comfortable with each other, and as she developed her newfound talent, she found new ways to interact with others. Ghada made friends.  

After a month, Ghada went to her mother and said: "I used to say that I would never be able to live here, but now I would feel upset if I had to miss an activity."

Because of your support, Ghada nurtured her talent and found a community of friends. You help turn victims of violence into people with the power to help others.

Instead of remaining withdrawn, Ghada is now ready to help others adjust to their lives in new places as they flee violence elsewhere.  

"Everyone I believe, has a certain ability that they must discover, and I am ready to assist any person who feels a desire to learn handicrafts," Ghada said.