For over a year and a half, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has been involved with the elderly in Aleppo. A dedicated team was created and placed under the responsibility of Syrian volunteers to respond to the urgent medical and food needs of these people, who are often alone and isolated, sometimes disabled or sick.
Today, this team is growing. A dozen Syrian volunteers visit them three days a week. About 200 elderly people regularly receive donations from the association. Syrian volunteers provide instructions visits, and each time they bring packs of supplies for the elderly which contain hygiene products, clothing, food, oil to fuel the gas, drinking water, etc. The volunteers are then sent out in groups of three or four visiting the elderly all across the city.
Today they visit Aya, an elderly lady who lives alone in a small apartment, which resembles a cellar.
And among a ton of waste, lives Joseph who is 55 years old, blind and paralyzed in his legs following a car accident. Despite his disability, he managed to build a wheelchair of fortune to move.
In the light of these needs, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has hired a maid to clean up Aya's room and has financed the purchase of a new chair for Joseph.
Their cases are far from isolated. By its actions, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient can not only improve the daily lives of older people, but can also create sustainable and warm social links.