Feb 26, 2021

Syrian Refugees in Northern IRAQ Feb.'21

Child receiving fresh food aid from GHNI
Child receiving fresh food aid from GHNI

Syrian Refugees in Northern IRAQ Feb.'21

Covid-19 has greatly limited access to refugees these past months.  Regardless, our associates in Northern Iraq / Kurdistan, have done an excellent job of getting into camps and refugee areas outside camps, to distribute needful humanitarian aid.  

Ari and Aram, with the financial backing of GHNI, have on numerous occasions, been able to assist refugees in the Bardarash Camp, Kurdistan, near Erbil.  Refugees there spoke openly of how grateful they were for the fresh produce and fruit, provided by our staff and associates helping in that geographical area.  I myself (Daniel Emig), have been there a number of times, and attest to the need of refugees for fresh food.  While many of these camps have provisions of food, very few are able to have fresh food, such as those provided by us.  

As funds are provided specifically for such, GHNI will continue these types of humanitarian aid provisions.  Yet, our focus in GHNI is always for long-term sustainability.  This is our goal!  We call this TCD - Transformational Community Development.  And it works extremely well!  

Thanks for your crucial and active part in both the aid provided, as well as the steps we are all taking to move those in refugee camps such as Badarash, to sustainable lives, whether remaining in these camps or moving back to their post-war-torn homes.  

Grateful for you in this and so much more  ... GHNI

Aram in Bardarash camp
Aram in Bardarash camp
Ari - Bardarash Camp '20
Ari - Bardarash Camp '20
Fresh fruits & vegetables - Bardarash
Fresh fruits & vegetables - Bardarash
Jan 15, 2021

Transforming Lives through Education

We are excited to share that centers have reopened! The government announced that schools would be closed for four months because of the cold season and the second wave of COVID-19 outbreaks. Although this is a very difficult situation, it also meant that students could safely attend the Women’s Empowerment Center.

Asmaan* is a 23-year-old English instructor at the Women’s Empowerment Center (WEC). She is excited to have the opportunity to teach her students English back to back! We are excited to see the progress she will make. The students are also learning about Transformational Community Development, which includes health lessons one day a week.

English class and Health lessons are also going well at the Women’s Empowerment Center—East (WEC2). We were able to distribute notebooks, pens, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes for each of the participants, and the women and students were so grateful.

We are also working to empower all of the girls physically. They now have a volleyball team and play inside the school yard. We encouraged them to be active when we started WEC2. We bought them a ball and also gave the students support by cheering them on! 

Traditionally, the people did not allow their daughters to attend English class and play sports. WEC2 is bringing about change (transformation) in this and the surrounding communities.

The winter season is the best time for the girls to come to the center because the schools are closed.  They are passionate about coming to WEC2 every day to learn English. They love learning TCD lessons about sustainability, community ownership, and hygiene. 

We are excited to see the growth in all of these students. Thank you for all of your support! It is because of you that we are able to reach the people in this community!

*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, “Asmaan” is a pseudonym for the individual involved with this project.

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Jan 15, 2021

Delivering Emergency Food Relief to Refugees

Although COVID-19 has severely impacted Jordan, we are grateful that we have still been able to reach refugees throughout the community. Throughout the past couple of months, we have been able to distribute over 80 food boxes, 50 backpacks for children, and 60 hygiene kits. All of these items are desperately needed by families. 

We have safely met with a variety of families through our outreach programs. In November, we met with over 30 Syrian families to continue sharing the Transformational Community Development (TCD) health education module. 

We were able to share the importance of practicing good hygiene habits, as well as sticking to the government restrictions and advice, like wearing a face mask, avoiding crowds, social distancing, and washing hands. Through this class, we were also able to distribute food boxes to each family.

In December, we had a program where we were able to distribute food boxes to 42 Yemeni refugee families. We held three different meetings in order to maintain correct safety precautions and to follow the proper social distancing guidelines between the attendees.

Our goal is to keep spreading awareness while providing relief to these families. We are grateful for your support, as it has allowed us to keep working in these communities!

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