Thanks to your support, MLI has helped hundreds of landmines survivors in Afghanistan through our Survivors' Assistance program. In addition to providing medical assistance to critically injured survivors, vocational learning centers and computer centers are also helping to alleviate the myriad challenges that survivors face.
Four years ago, Sheringull was a healthy, twelve-year old girl living in a small, rural village in Afghanistan. Shy, but with a sweet smile, she had hope for the future and dreamed of what life had in store for her. But Sheringull's life changed forever one sunny day when she and her parents left their home in the village of Karte Mamorin to go to a relative's wedding. Tragically, just as the family neared their destination, Sheringull stumbled off the path and stepped on a landmine.
Sheringull's parents were also seriously hurt, but managed to carry their unconscious daughter to a hospital where doctors were able to save her life...but not her right leg. Unable to afford a prosthetic leg, Sheringull's life changed drastically after her injury. She could not walk on her own and was forced to drop out of school, leaving her with little hope for the future and facing the grim reality that she had become a financial drain on her already destitute family.
MLI first learned of Sheringull's plight through our in-country CHAMPS Afghanistan manager, Noor, who shared with us the heartbreaking story. Thanks to generous donors like you, MLI was able to provide Sheringull additional medical treatment and a prosthetic leg that enabled her to finally return to school. Noor reports that Sheringull has a renewed hope for her life and that she plans to take part in MLI's vocational training programs, as well, so that she can learn how to use a computer and gain skills that will help her earn a living.
Sheringull is just one of the young landmine survivors who have been helped in the past year because of your generosity and we are so appreciative of your support. Because of you, young boys and girls who have lost their limbs are able to walk again, return to school, and regain a sense of hope for the future. Thank you!
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