This money will be used to continue our work providing life-altering medical treatment to refugee children; and also to expand our work to launch a new project focusing on orthopedic injuries. We will be announcing more details on the orthopedic injuries project in the coming weeks.
Speaking about receiving this significant amount of money, our founder and president, Arwa Damon, said: “I’m so proud that we are partnering with UNICEF again this year. Their support is vital for us to provide medical treatment to refugee children who have been injured either in war or from living as refugees here in Lebanon. We are extremely grateful that they have recognized the work that we do, and we know that, with their help, we can make a huge difference to the lives of refugee children.”
With this money, we aim to treat around 67 children in the next year, with the average injury case costing approximately $5,000. Orthopedic cases are expected to range between $4,000 and $20,000 - and we anticipate the average case to cost around $15,000. The number of cases we take on in 2017 will be double the amount of children that we treated in 2016.
“This will allow us to treat even more children and hire an additional Caseworker,” Arwa Damon added. “We realize that we will face challenges, but we are thrilled that we have more resources to help those in their most desperate time of need in any way we can.”
“Access to specialized health services and treatment options remains a challenge for many Syrian refugee children who have suffered major injuries because of the conflict in Syria or even here in Lebanon,” said UNICEF’s representative in Lebanon, Ms. Tanya Chapuisat. “Our partnership with INARA is a step towards helping some of these children overcome the lifelong consequences and give them back the opportunity to reclaim their hope for the future.”