Story of Nazlı
“Even among our own relatives, we cannot find the closeness we have experienced with you,” Nazlı’s mother said.
Nazlı Nisa is 8 years old and struggles with Cerebral Palsy and cognitive delay. She has five older siblings and spends most of her time at home. When she was introduced to our partner, Kardelen three years ago, Nazlı could not recognize colors, numbers, or letters. Nazlı could not stand or walk or sit without support due to poor muscle tone and she could only use one arm.
Fortunately, we have seen remarkable changes in Nazlı’s life. Thanks to a wheelchair provided by funds from Tearfund Germany, Nazlı can now discover the world outside her family apartment. The training she receives from our Mercy Team is teaching Nazlı to live more independently, reducing the burden of care on her mother. With the help of physical therapy from Kardelen’s physical therapist, Nazlı has begun to use her non-working arm and to walk with support and sit without support. Once Nazlı could not even hold a pen but now she can write and even takes private lessons.
Kardelen also provides a variety of family supports, including transportation assistance to bring Nazlı and her mother to hospital appointments; help to navigate the hospital bureaucracy; nutritional food options to improve Nazlı’s health; and counseling to resolve family conflicts. Nazlı’s father Kadir says that he would trust Kardelen enough to give us a key to their house and that the Mercy Team has become like family to them.
In Nazlı’s household, despair has been replaced by joy as Nazlı continues to succeed beyond expectation with the help of appropriate support and therapy provided by Kardelen with the support of Tearfund.