On 2nd November, Road of Hope with Stichting Gave, distributed two face masks each to sixty undocumented migrants, providing 120 masks in total. Alongside the masks, a leaflet describing the correct way to wear a face mask was also given, providing instructions in Dutch, English and French. This will help such individuals to properly protect themselves and others from Covid-19.
Road of Hope has also partnered with the Crossroads International Church, who have pledged to donate more masks to the Masks4Refugees project, allowing Road of Hope to supply more masks to more people. Road of Hope’s campaign #MasksForAllRefugees has now successfully reached the distribution phase, thanks to the hard work of everyone who participated in the face mask sewing workshops. 19 November will be next face masks distribution, Road of Hope together with Stichting Gave will give 60 face masks at Azc Katwijk. Further, our volunteer will teach undocumented migrants, participants of the project Medische Opvang – ASKV, how to make face masks. For more information about this project and to keep up to date with the masks’ distribution, please follow our Instagram page.
An Interview with Rim Aldabee
This month, Road of Hope interviewed the refugee Rim Aldabee, an engineer from Syria who has been living with her husband and two children in the Netherlands since 2015. This year, Rim went through COVID-19 and shares with us her experience.
ROH- How did you find out that you had contracted Covid-19? Did you have symptoms or was it only through taking a test?
Rim- Through symptoms, and then I did the test.
ROH- What were the symptoms?
Rim- I lost my sense of smell and taste, had a severe headache, pain in the eyes, pain in my bones, and such a bad cough that it sometimes felt as if I were suffocating.
ROH- How did you cope with self-isolation? How did it affect your life?
Rim- It was a very difficult period. You miss your children and you cannot be near them because you’re afraid of infecting them.
ROH- How do you feel now following that experience?
Rim- In the future, if I know that a person has Covid and is sad or worried, I hope that I will be able to help them in any way possible.
ROH- What would you say to anyone who thinks that they don’t need to protect themselves from Covid?
Rim- I would say please, please, please protect yourself, because protecting yourself is a necessary thing not only for you but others. I hope that everyone can remain healthy and I hope that no one will be severely affected by this virus.
ROH- How did ROH help you during this corona period?
Rim- Every call and message you made, you gave me hope.
Road of Hope launches new website
Road of Hope gains from today a new technological structure, which improves the user experience on the big screens and mobiles. The new version also brings some design changes in order to show more information to readers and in more attractive formats, such as the main projects of the foundation in focus. “We are very happy to have our new website on air. It makes it much easier for people to access the services we offer”, says Patrícia Barendregt, founder of Road of Hope.
With the new graphics, which gives more strength to photography, video and events, we also bring all previous editions of our Newsletters. Soon, it will also host our blog with exclusive articles written by our collaborators. Are you curious? Visit roadofhope.org right now =)