Inspired by a Child

December 22, 2020

Moving Toward His Dream

Often in my work, I am humbled by the strength and perseverance of children. This Story of Hope from Jordan shares one example of such a time.

Dia was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in his spinal bones that left him unable to walk without help. Living with a disability is challenging under any circumstances — compound that with difficult living conditions and very limited resources — and it could be easy to lose hope. Despite his challenging start, Dia grew to be a strong and intelligent boy.

In 2017, Dia’s mother sought help from an IOCC screening team in East Amman. The team found that with a specialized wheelchair Dia would be able to attend school. I had the pleasure of meeting this young man and was there as he was fitted for the wheelchair. I saw the look of joy as he moved on his own power for the first time — and realized what this chair meant for his future.

Thanks to your support, Dia is in third grade at an IOCC-partner-run school. He has friends, is doing well in school, and working toward his dream of being an architect.

Please give today, and together we can continue to bring hope to those in need.

With love in Christ,

Constantine M. Triantafilou
Executive Director & CEO



P.S. You can also shop our Gifts of Love gift catalog for symbolic gift ideas to give to others this holiday season.