“In the past, we were able to secure all the needs for our family, including food, medicine and clothes … But our conditions have changed a lot since the beginning of the crisis, and it is now more difficult to secure the simplest and most basic things.”
This is what Emile’s wife said, one of the families that received many and varied assistance from St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC). She told EPDC that her husband Emil sells sweets in a modest place, and that her brother lives with her in the same house because his house in Ein Tarma was destroyed because of the crisis. After he had an apoplexy, he needed constant medical care and many medications. Also, her sister lives with her after the death of her husband and her displacement from her home in the town in Maaloula, Rural Damascus. During the crisis she had asthma and was unable to permanently secure the expensive medicine.
Emile’s wife continues: “St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) did not leave us alone in our ordeal. They helped us with everything after we lost hope. They gave us a rent allowance for our house in which the 3 families live, in addition to financial, food, and medical assistance. EPDC gave us hope and determination to rise again. “