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Let me introduce you to my friend Khaled, who I met when I was working with refugee populations in Jordan. Khaled was nine years old when he arrived in Jordan with his mom and siblings, but without his dad, who was killed in front of him by ISIS.
When I first met Khaled he was quiet and didn’t speak. He sat very close to his mom, clutching her arm. After a few visits, Khaled began to answer my questions. When I asked him about any dreams he might have, he said, “I want to go back to school. I want to be a doctor.”
“Why do you want to be a doctor?” I asked. He answered: “I don’t want people to die like my dad. I want them to be healed. I will give them good medicine if I am a doctor.”
In that moment, all of my words caught in my mouth and I could not speak. This is one of hundreds of stories carried by displaced children in Jordan, Lebanon and throughout the world. Khaled and children like him are part of a forgotten generation that will continue to face enormous challenges that can only be met by people who care deeply for them: people like you and me.
With you, we can help these children realize their dreams, empowering an educated, healthy and healed generation with a compassionate worldview. The need for education is so great, and your partnership in helping kids like Khaled is invaluable. Without you, we cannot move forward. Thank you for your continued support!
Rawan Haddad, Development Director