April 12, 2013
Greetings and happy
With all the conflict raging in the Middle East recently, I’m hopeful to be bringing you this week’s Friday Story from that region. About a month ago a group US Soldiers and Embassy staff partnered together to help give out wheelchairs in Zarqa, Jordan. They write:
In March 2013, several soldiers from the U.S. Army and U.S. Embassy staff met at the The Nadia Bushnaq Family Guidance and Awareness Center (FGAC) to assemble and distribute wheelchairs. Along with the help of the local community, the group was able to assemble and distribute 70 wheelchairs that day. There was an elderly Jordanian woman who made her way to the Center using a walker and with some assistance. She stood in line with her family for over three hours to just receive a wheelchair. Through an interpreter she told us she is legally blind and has been disabled for over 10 years—due to financial difficulty, she could not afford to buy a wheelchair on her own so she has been waiting for one ever since. The commanding officer gave the first wheelchair we assembled to this woman. She was simply overjoyed to receive the chair and was very thankful for everyone’s assistance at the FGAC and elsewhere for the gift.
We are so grateful for the Civil Affairs Planning Team Kuwait’s help, and the help of so many local friends, who came out to give 70 people the gift of mobility. The world we live in is far from perfect, but as we go into the weekend please know that, thanks to you, it’s a little better today than it was yesterday.