Tamam is 21 years old, and studying at university to become a teacher. She is being cared for at Homs medical centre because she suffers from severe kidney failure for which she has to have frequent dialysis sessions and which places various restrictions on her life.
Looking to the future, following her dreams and trying to create a pathway towards working in Syria has become a difficult task. Years of war, embargos and the subsequent economic crisis are hindering opportunities for growth for the entire population.
And if you add external conditions to the disease, the journey towards personal development is strewn with obstacles that can only be overcome by one’s own tenacity and the support of organisations such as the medical centre in Homs and the ‘Seeds of Hope’ programme.
Tamam’s story is that of a young girl who, despite all the difficulties, tries to keep going. She is committed to her education and never stops thinking about what she is going to do in the future. She currently lives with her father, who had to stop working as a farmer due to his age and physical difficulties, and her mother who is a housewife. Their financial situation gets worse as time goes by, not least because the cost of having dialysis twice a week and the other treatment she needs goes up every month.
“I am tired of this situation. I have so many difficulties I can’t even mention them all. I am looking for a kidney donor and cannot find one but the hardest thing for me is that my illness is holding me back from realising my big dreams.
Most of my time is spent at home. When I am well I can study and take exams but very often I am very tired and weak.
I would like to take courses in English and computer studies and take up some hobbies but my health won’t allow me to do so. Even travelling to Homs for treatment or some other activity is really tiring. I have to set off very early by public transport and come back late.”
Over the years, the medical centre in Homs has been crucial in accompanying Tamam:
“It has helped me to stay strong until now. Ever since I met the staff at this centre, I always look forward to my monthly appointment with them. They give me moral support before financial support. I feel so good with them. I have loved their honesty and the way they deal with people”.
Staff at the centre are also fond of Tamam:
“She is full of vitality despite her suffering. We have a wonderful relationship with her and her family. When we meet, we are able to forget our difficulties for a while, and our conversations are fun and full of laughter”.