Rima Hassoun lived in the northern countryside of Jisr al-Shughour in Syria. Her story shows the profound impact and importance of medical and humanitarian aid after disasters and crises. Despite facing numerous challenges, Rima’s life took a positive turn thanks to the support she received from Multifaith Alliance and Heart to Heart International.
A Life in Struggle:
At the age of 63, Rima found herself in a difficult position. As a widow with no one to rely on, she struggled to make ends meet in a small rented two-room house under harsh living conditions. The absence of a stable income source made her daily existence a constant battle. On top of that, Rima suffered from chronic diseases, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which had taken a toll on her health for the past five years. The financial burden of her medications became overwhelming, and the inability to consistently acquire them posed a serious threat to her well-being.
A Glimmer of Hope:
During a routine check-up at the local hospital’s inpatient clinic, Rima’s life took an unexpected turn. To her surprise and relief, the doctors provided her with a treatment prescription that included two crucial medications: Amlodipine and Atorvastatin. These life-saving drugs had been part of a large shipment of donated medicines and supplies from Heart to Heart International and had been distributed by our partner Multifaith Alliance. The medicines were dispensed from the hospital pharmacy on a monthly basis. The best part? They were completely free of charge. With her health stabilized, Rima experienced a renewed sense of hope and resilience. Her smile returned, radiating warmth and gratitude.
A Lifeline of Care:
The provision of essential medications not only transformed Rima’s life; it symbolized a compassionate community that cares for its members. The generosity extended by the hospital, doctors and pharmacists became a lifeline for Rima and others in similar situations. Rima felt supported and valued, knowing that her well-being mattered to these organizations and compassionate individuals around the world.
The Power of Humanitarian Aid:
Rima’s story serves as a testament to the profound impact of humanitarian aid and the transformative power it holds for individuals facing immense challenges. It underscores the importance of collective efforts in supporting those in need, irrespective of their circumstances. Through the support of organizations like Multifaith Alliance and Heart to Heart International, Rima, along with countless others, regained hope, resilience and a sense of dignity. Together, we can continue to make a profound difference, one life at a time.
Multifaith Alliance team members unload Heart to Heart International’s shipments of medicine and supplies to help those impacted by the earthquake in Syria. This aid was then distributed by Multifaith Alliance to hospitals and clinics throughout Syria.