Home page News
Metropolitan Hilarion meets at Poznanie charity wi…

Metropolitan Hilarion meets at Poznanie charity with Syrian children who have come to Moscow for treatment

 

On July 14, 2019, Syrian children, who are under medical treatment in Moscow, attended the liturgy celebrated at the church of Our Lady the Joy of All the Afflicted-in-Bolshaya Ordaynka by its rector, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR). Seven-year-old Bashar Canaan and thirteen-year-old Sidra Zarour had come with their parents to Russia on June 30 to undergo prosthetics and rehabilitation under the charity project “There are no foreign children”.

This project is carrying out a programme for aid to children including those who were injured because of the armed conflicts in the Middle East.

A year ago, Bashar was playing together with his brothers in a Damascus suburb when a mine exploded nearby. He was the only surviving child in the family but he lost his legs. Sidra lost her legs in An explosion in Aleppo three years ago. At that time, Russian military urgently brought the girl to Moscow where she received functional prostheses. Now they have become too small for her and she came to Moscow to replace them.

After the Divine Liturgy the children met with Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk over tea. His Eminence promised the young Syrians a comprehensive rehabilitation support; even after they come back home, Russian medics will continue monitoring their health and new life.

“I want you to be strong and healthy young people so that you could serve your country, and we will help you in it”, he said to Sidra and Bashar.

Present at the meeting over tea were also representatives of the charitable foundations “Poznanie” [Knowledge] and “Linia zhizni” [The Life Line], which finance the aid to the children and their coming to Russia for medical treatment at the Children’s Psycho-neurology Research-Practice Center. The charity program is broadening as the motto of the project is shared by the RUSSAR foundation. Three years ago, it helped Sidra with her first prosthetics and today they came for the meeting to coordinate the foundations’ aid to other affected children.

The coordinator of the project, Dr. Jihad Khaddad, a Russian medical doctor of Syrian origin, explained the treatment plan for Bashar and Sidra. The children have already received functional prostheses and now await rehabilitation. According to the doctor, the both show great success: Bashar made his first steps on the prostheses while Sidra walks freely after the second prosthetics.

There is a great work ahead of them for adaptation, but Metropolitan Hilarion promised that they would soon be able to walk like ordinary people. He spoke about the feat of the Soviet pilot Meresyev, who, after the amputation of his both legs, returned to the sky and continued flying even with primitive prostheses as they were at that time.

In conclusion of the meeting His Eminence presented the children with gifts as well as new crutches. which will help them during the rehabilitation, and sport shoes. In his interview with the Russia TV channel, which covered the event, Metropolitan Hilarion stressed that the organizers of the charity program consider the children to be their own and are ready to take care of them regardless of their nationality and faith, saying, “We do not make a distinction; all children are children of God”.

The Syrians themselves were also glad to communicate with journalists and shared their impressions, hopes and plans. “Hooligan” Bashar and “Beauty” Sidra, as the Moscow doctors call them, spoke with gratitude about the hospital, treatment and Russia’s beautiful places. But the children still miss their homeland and are ready to come back to go to school and to go to cycle rides again.

Their rehabilitation will last three week, and on July 21 they will go back to Syria.

Before Sidra and Zaour, the charity program brought four children to Russia for treatment at the Children’s Psycho-neurology Research-Practice Center. They all lost limbs as a result of the armed conflicts in the Middle East.

The project “There Is No Foreign Children” was initiated in 2018 by the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate with a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Through the efforts of the Poznanie and Life Line charities in Moscow, full-fledged life is restored to children who were sent at the request of the fraternal Orthodox Church of Antioch, as in Syria itself as it is suffering not only from militants’ attacks but also from economic sanctions, there is no possibility for saving these children. In the nearest future, the criteria for selecting patients will be broadened to include children with congenital malformation. In the list there are already dozens of young Syrians, and in September 2019 it is planned to receive in Moscow the ten-year-old Rita Aljudi with an arm congenital malformation.

 

Poznanie Charity Press Service

DECR Communication Service

 

Share:
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill answered questions from participants in the Ninth Faith and Word festival

22.10.2021

Tripartite meeting held by religious leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia

13.10.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill's congratulations to the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America on his namesake day

09.10.2021

Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the death of people as a result of fire at a hospital in Constanța (Romania)

04.10.2021

Congratulations from Patriarch Kirill to Patriarch Daniel of Romania on anniversary of his enthronement

30.09.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presents church awards to DECR chairman and his vice-chairmen

27.09.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill: Patriarch Bartholomew has lapsed into schism

27.09.2021

Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church convenes for second day of work

24.09.2021

Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church completes first day of session

23.09.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presides at a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

23.09.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill opens conference on primacy and conciliarity in Orthodoxy

16.09.2021

Presentation by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the opening of the ‘World Orthodoxy: Primacy and Conciliarity in the Light of Orthodox Dogmatic Teaching’ conference

16.09.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill will open a Conference on the Primacy and Conciliarity in Orthodoxy

14.09.2021

Patriarch Kirill leads celebration of Alexander Nevsky’s 800th birthday anniversary in St.Petersburg

12.09.2021

Greetings by the Patriarch to the Russian athletes who participated in the 16th Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo

06.09.2021

Patriarch-Catholicos Karekin II arrives in Moscow at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

11.10.2021

DECR Chairman congratulated His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada on his namesake day

09.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: To reveal Christ to people is our most important missionary task

08.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

07.10.2021

DECR chairman meets with Pope Francis of Rome

06.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk attends interreligious meeting on Religion and Education

06.10.2021

Presentation of the DECR Chairman at the interreligious meeting on Religion and Education

06.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with president of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

05.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: The Churches are seeking unity on the issue of climate change.

04.10.2021

Concern expressed in the Russian Orthodox Church for the destiny of Christian shrines in Kosovo

04.10.2021

DECR chairman attends Climate Change Summit of Religious Leaders in Rome

04.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Synod is to decide how the presence of the Russian Church in Africa is to be structured.

04.10.2021

Presentation of Chinese version of Patriarch Kirill’s book "In His Own Words"

01.10.2021

DECR chairman sends greetings to His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania on the 14th anniversary of his enthronement

30.09.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presents church awards to DECR chairman and his vice-chairmen

27.09.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Many things in a person's life depend on faith

29.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Spirit is the main treasure of the Christian soul

01.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ

27.06.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us

07.03.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents

24.01.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins

19.01.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life

17.01.2021

On commemoration day of St. Catherine, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk officiated at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr In-the-Fields  the representation of the Orthodox Church in America

07.12.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: We can always show compassion for people

29.11.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates on commemoration day of St. Varlaam of Khutyn at the church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God

19.11.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: We should remember that the life of each human being is in the hands of God

06.11.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: For God there is nothing impossible

25.10.2020

Metropoplitan Hilarion: The cross which was an instrument of dishonourable execution becomes the symbol of salvation for millions of people

27.09.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: Eucharist is the wedding feast, to which Lord Jesus Christ invites each of us

13.09.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: Faith alone is not enough for salvation

30.08.2020

Page is available in the following languages
Feedback

Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message
Рус Укр Eng Deu Ελλ Fra Ita Бълг ქარ Срп Rom عرب