1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Mothers are God’s proof that angels exist.
And Lebanese mothers are enduring and coping with the worst economic crisis Lebanon has ever faced shielded with faith that God is always by their side, hope to face a new uncertain day, and their love for their children. This makes them the perfect example of angels.
Living in Akkar for most of her life, Safaa mother of five children who recently became four after losing her daughter to chronic disease, is surviving one day at a time. Her husband, who used to work in construction, became a casual worker in agriculture in a field near their home.
“He makes 100,000 LBP on a good day,” she adds, “we buy food with it, we try to give our children pocket money for school and we save the rest for the school bus. We have to pay him 1,500,000 LBP for three children every month.”
Thanks to the sponsorship programme at World Vision, Safaa and her family receive food parcels that ease a small burden of this mother’s shoulders.
But what about the other necessities, expenses and necessary nutriments that children need to grow properly?
“Imagine if one of the children gets sick, we ask the Lord to have mercy on us,” Safaa says.
Because of the increase in prices, she has to choose between buying cheese or Zaatar (thyme) for her children, buying both items is out of the question.
“I have to disregard a lot of things, our situation is unbearable now,” she states.