Amid economic disaster in Lebanon - 'What does a mother want other than to see her children eating and feeling happy?'
Aziza, a 29-year-old mother living in Beirut, Lebanon, spends almost all her husband’s income on hospital visits, oxygen and medication to treat her six-month-old son’s lung disease.
The family, who lives in a one-room house with a leaky roof, had funds for little else, including food, until they started receiving monthly food vouchers. Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Lebanese partner Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD) distributes them.
“The quantity of food we’re eating increased, and there’s more variety in it,” says Aziza, expressing the relief of being able to feed her five children, all under 8 years old. “What does a mother want other than seeing her children eating and feeling happy?”
The vouchers enabled Aziza to buy things she previously could not, like chicken, milk and cheese — important sources of protein for her children. The food vouchers also have allowed her to save some money to pay for her son’s medical care.
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