- A Syrian student donates AED 75,000 to Typhoon Nona victims in the Philippines
- The money was his entire 5-year savings from school allowances intended for his dream car
- The typhoon devastation has affected him after watching Filipino staff at his father’s clinic weeping over homes and lives destroyed back home
A 15-year-old Dubai-based Syrian student has donated his entire savings from school allowances to the victims of Typhoon Nona (international name: Melor) in the Philippines after witnessing how overseas Filipino workers (OFW) staff at his father’s clinic wept over homes destroyed and lives ruined by the tragedy back in their home country.
Marwan Masri gave all his of his AED 75,000 (P965,000) savings to a local charity in Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro. He has been saving the amount for the last five years for his dream car – a Porsche.
A Gulf News report said Marwan was especially affected after watching his father’s Filipino staff cried while narrating the devastations Typhoon Nona has brought upon their loved ones in the Philippines.
“Most of my dad’s patients and staff are from the Philippines,” he told Gulf News. “Their reactions, the fear, anxiety and worry, reminded me of the situation back home in Syria.”
“I heard some of the clinic’s staff crying in the meeting room. I overheard how the typhoon affected almost 20,000 families in the town of Pinamalayan. Almost 10,000 families were rendered homeless after the natural disaster,” the boy, who is turning 16 in January, said.
His father who is a general surgeon, Dr. Gehad Masri, has been working in the United Arab Emirates for the last 18 years and the family themselves are no stranger to the hardships and pain over losing homes and loved ones after fleeing their war-torn country. (Click here to read more)