With your support, more than 300 Syrian refugee women were able to attend our fitness classes at least once during 2019! After a short break over the holidays, we have relaunched our classes in the New Year and are looking forward to all the ladies that will join us for exercise. Every week new shoes are lined up at the threshold to the tent where the classes take place in one of the refugee camps. Attendance depends on the weather, children’s school timetables, husband’s work hours, visiting relatives and responsibilities that limit the women’s abilities to leave their home. However, even during times of political up-heal, fighting in their homeland and instability in our country, every single time that our classes take place, women show up to exercise, encourage one another and form community.
Our fitness instructors have opened their hearts to the women that come together for class and have in turn become an important part of their lives. In the words of one of the participants: “On the days of the week that I exercise, I am the happiest and least prone to flare up in anger. I have come to love the fitness instructors and sometimes I just come to exercise in order to see them. Through being encouraged myself, I have also learned to encourage others and care for the people around me.”
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