| Nov 13, 2023
She Needs Your Help
By Dr. Laila Risgallah Wahba | Project Leader
I know a refugee who needs your help – she deserves our help.
Sirene is a Syrian refugee in Turkey who dreams of becoming a teacher. And she has found a "haven" of caring and love at Not Guilty that is so dramatically different from the broken home in which she was raised.
She is service and ministry-focused, singing in the choir of a local underground church, and a leader in her youth group.
She was raped by ISIS on her way from Syria to Turkey yet, she never lost faith. She is working through her trauma through Not Guilty counseling.
Working as a seamstress to help pay her tuition isn't enough to cover her needs, even after she's received all the government help available.
She loves it in Turkey. At least she can sleep in a bed without hearing the sounds of bombing in the background. – but if we can't get her more financial help, she won't be able to complete her studies or her counseling, for that matter..
She's precisely the type of refugee who needs our compassionate and dynamically nurturing environment that is Not Guilty’s DNA:
Not Guilty was founded to end sexual abuse in Egypt,and quickly expanded to serve the Middle East. Just how pervasive sexual abuse is in the Middle East is difficult to determine; however, researchers confirm it is at least as problematic as in others parts of the world, and perhaps even more prevalent.
How Prevalent is Sexual Abuse?
Not Guilty has focused on equipping and educating concerned adults to help children and adults heal from child sexual abuse, as well as bringing more visibility to the issue throughout the Middle East.
We know sexual abuse is a profound violation of human rights and is associated with significant adverse consequences throughout the victim’s life.
Right now, this refugee needs your help.
A gift of $35 . . . $125 . . . $400 . . . maybe more . . . maybe less . . . would make all the difference in the world to her future.
I hope you'll make a gift before the end of the year.
P.S. This week, I'm meeting with a friend who hopefully can provide additional funds to this refugee. That gift won’t cover all her needs, but gets her closer to paying her counseling and tuition and relieves the pressure. But I know dozens more refugees like her in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.
Every dollar you give will go directly to deserving refugees.