Unprecedented. Uncommon. Uncertain. All words to describe the crisis caused in the world by COVID-19.

Marwa,* a Syrian refugee and mother of five, has been living in crisis mode her entire life—and now the coronavirus hits on top of it all. In the dense, massive tent city where she lives, women and girls around her…

  • have endured sex slavery and are now trying to build new lives.
  • suffer child and forced marriages.
  • lack education or skills to generate income.

In Marwa’s world, 88% of Syrian refugee families live in debt. Half live on less than $3 per person per day.

But Marwa* is changing her world.

Despite her desperate circumstances, Marwa finds a way forward through the help you provide. And she has her eyes on her future.

“After escaping from the war in Syria, I was depressed and traumatized,” says Marwa. “Even with my children and husband, I was lonely and sad. I never dreamed when I joined the She Is Safe-sponsored sewing school so much would change. Through the leaders, teachers and other women, I am surprised to find myself a sewing instructor now. My dream is to return one day to Syria and be an example to women there.”

In spite of living in “crisis mode” as a refugee—worsened as COVID-19 has taken a toll on her community—she no longer gives in to hopelessness and despair.

Today, Marwa and her sewing school students are eagerly doing their part—making protective masks for families in their tent city and for first responders.

Our world is still spinning from the effects of COVID-19. Marwa’s world constantly spins from the pressures of refugee life. How are you being a difference maker in our world today? Please comment below.