Israa Abu Seda
11 yrs old
This is Israa.
In 2009 Israa’s father was killed by Israeli warplanes at the school of Alfakhora.
Only 3 years old at the time it began, Israa lived through the Gaza War filled with fear.
Her family home was in a region close to the border, meaning the bombing she lived through was very extensive. In an effort to escape the threat, her family fled to Alfakhora School which was being used as a shelter to protect those in danger.
On the 9th of January 2009, this safe-house was subjected to extensive phosphorus bombing. Tragically, many people were burnt and killed, including Israa’s father, and many were left wounded or injured.
After the horror of the war ended, the family returned home in an attempt to regain normality. However, life became increasingly difficult.
With 6 sisters and 2 brothers, Isra’s family is larger than most, and the loss of the family’s breadwinner and a regular income, the children were left unsupported in their education, had very little food and their health was left unchecked.
Now, thanks to sponsorship from Orphans in Need, all of this changed…
Israa was supported financially and because of this, started going school. She enjoys studying and is hopeful for the future with the idea of building a career as a priority.
Happily, all of Israa’s family is now supported by Orphans in Need!
She now has money to buy books, notepads and stationary and has recently bought a new school bag to carry it all in!
Her sisters and brothers are also being sponsored, and the whole family now receives nutritional support. They are they are provided with healthy and wholesome meals to make sure they don’t go hungry, and receive ingredients, including meat, cheese, milk, chicken and rice.
Now that Israa and her family have health checks, it’s been found that three of her siblings suffer from short-sightedness. Glasses have been provided for all three – and their school results have therefore greatly improved.