Sumaya lives under the care of her grandmother, she was two years old when her mother died, in a small village near ’Rashad’ called al Fareeq. She began her education in Trueba mixed Primary School. She lives a normal life and like any rural child she goes to school carrying along a little food prepared by her grandmother because the school is far from home. Sumaya suffers from an inability to see as well as Facial Deformities but despite her disabilities, she excels at school and is often among the first three rankings in her class. Sumaya s randma is mostly Busy Cooking and tending to the Livestock and she also sells grains twice a Week in the neighboring market in the town of Rashad.
a small village near ’Rashad’ called al Fareeq. She began her education in Trueba mixed Primary School. She lives a normal life and like any rural child she goes to school carrying along a little food prepared by her grandmother because the school is far from home. Sumaya suffers from an inability to see as well as Facial Deformities but despite her disabilities, she excels at school and is often among the first three rankings in her class. Sumaya s randma is mostly Busy Cooking and tending to the Livestock and she also sells grains twice a Week in the neighboring market in the town of Rashad.
Initially, Sumaya was Very sick with what is known as Malaria Fever and she also suffered from Depression in spite of the Good Care she was receiving from her Grandmother. This situated continued for a period of time until they arrived at a Rashad hospital to conduct a diagnostic blood test after which she was kept until the fever was completely healed. Sumaya joined the Activities of Al-Masar organization in education when her Grandmother heard about the group for Family Support for children with disabilities which she later joined in. The reason behind their involvement in the special needs education program is the moral support as well as the medical care. Sumaya’s Grandmother attended Monthly Meetings for a group supporting the families consisting of mothers and children and Sumaya attended as well.
Sumaya and her grandmother described their lives; they have felt lonely and shameful especially because of Sumaya’s deformities as the children would laugh at her disfiguration but she received treatment through moral support to prevent losing hope and she is currently going strong.
As for the grandmother, life for her was unsupervised and solitary and secluded from the outside world. For the time being, she does not Spend Money To buy pharmaceutical for Sumaya and her friends are understanding and supportive of her within the family support group, Those around her understand disability and dealing with the disabled And so the feeling of shame started gradually to disappear.
Sumaya received blankets, a mattress and braille machine for writing and she periodically receive moral support.
There is a positive change in the lives of Sumaya .She now has an increased sense of respect. She Loves herself and fully accepts her disability and says it is from God alone.
They live in a semi-permanent home. And those living next door to them appreciate them now because they’ve got some Real information about disability and its causes through awareness forums and moral support sessions organized by Al-Masar organization on the community level. Sumaya aspires to become a teacher be informed in the language braille when she grows up in order to help people without sight in the future. Sumaya is also socially active at school as she participates in cultural programs especially singing and poetry.
When asked how they feel about life?
Sumaya said I will not skip School because of Disability Once again because I have teachers who Know How to Deal with Me And my Colleagues do not laugh at my disability and grandmother thinks I am better off this way.
Grandmother says Sumaya is a kind and Obedient Child, My only concern is When Grows up and you wants to marry, can she continue to lead a normal Life? Al-Massar Organization has given us the training in Caring for and supporting children and now I am able to on give Advice to Sumaya. I thank Allah for this organization that has helped change our lives.
Thank God I’m better now and able to deal with anyone who does not understand the meaning of disability and I can let them know what it is.
Family: Al-Massar Organization is a blessing from God to us.
Officials from the program: Sumaya is working seriously and wants to be the best for herself as well as to others. Her grandmother is aware of the value the moral support to her at any time.
Grandmother did not give us permission to publish personal pictures.
Location: house in Rashad
Activity: A field visit by the project staff.