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This year Issa Noheli, 63, received something he had dreamed about: a prosthetic leg. He lost his leg 20 years ago in an attack on his Rwandan refugee camp. He is working with a physical therapist to learn how to walk better with his new leg.
Noheli and his family were part of the Statesman Season for Caring program last year. Every year, the Statesman tells the story of 12 families who have been nominated to the program by local nonprofit organizations. We invite the community and local businesses to donate a gift of money or goods or services on the families’ wish lists. Donations are given to the featured families first, and then, every year, Season for Caring funds help hundreds of other families through the selected nonprofit agencies.
Last year, Season for Caring raised more than $840,000 to help the community. On Nov. 26, we’ll introduce you to 12 new families who need your help, but first, we take a look back at the families from last year and share how they are doing.
This year, Noheli’s oldest daughters were able to move out of the apartment and start their own lives. One got married. Noheli’s younger children are still in school.
Noheli attends English as a second language classes regularly.
Lubna Zeidan, who works with the family on behalf of Interfaith Action of Central Texas, got to see how much of a difference Season for Caring was able to make. She remembers he came to a class, “he was standing, waiting for us to notice that he had two legs,” she says. “The pride on his face … to have that dream fulfilled.”
To make a donation to Season for Caring, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring.