In November 2015 we set out with an enormous task – to provide winter clothing to tens of thousands of refugees as they passed through Macedonia in their search for safety and a future home in Western Europe. Today is the first day of spring. Winter has officially ended.
He arrived to us with no shoes. He had only socks, which had obviously been what he was walking around in. We gave him new boots.
The father died in the war in Syria. The rest of the family escaped to Turkey and tried for about two years to survive there, but it was impossible. Eventually they boarded a rubber raft, luckily survived the trip, and made their way to Europe.
We do not just hand out clothes to children, we make every effort to give them some control back over their lives. While this may not seem like much, it makes all the difference in the world.
A family with a few small girls came in last night. Two of them were co-operative, sat down where we indicated, and let us change their shoes or give them clothes.