People leave this world but their souls remain among us, and we feel them through the gifts they left before they passed away.
The gifts that Abd al-Latif Chakaki left were his children, who immortalized his memory through the fund they opened to help refugees complete their education.
I was very happy when I received a letter in my email from the Al Chakaki family informing me that they will conduct an interview with me in order to obtain support from their fund.
I was very happy during the interview. I got to know the Abdul Latif Al Chakaki family, and I heard from each one of them.
The smile did not leave my face or from their faces. I felt that there was another door that would open for me again. I met Omar, Muhammad, Rama, and Nawara, and I met Abdul Razzaq, the grandson of Abdul Latif Al Chakaki, whom I hope to work with in the future.
Then I remembered a saying I had known since my childhood: “Bodies leave and souls remain. We do not see them, but we touch them, either with a memory they left or with the gifts they gave.”
Muhammad told me at the end of the interview, “Thank you, Bashar. Wait for a message from us.” Before ending the call, I heard Nuwara’s son’s voice wanting to talk to me. I remembered a quote I had read by the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky saying, “Souls are healed by children.” At that moment I said to myself maybe this child came to bring good tidings to me.
A few days later, I received a letter from the Abdul Latif Al Chakaki family informing me that I was accepted and they will help me every year.
They told me that from today they have become my second family, and I must tell them what I need, the circumstances I am going through, and if I want any other help, and they will meet with me every month to pursue my education and follow up with me on my academic affairs.
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