Oct 29, 2020

Providing Assistance to Refugees during COVID-19

With your support, our team in Northern Iraq has been able to continue COVID-19 relief efforts in spreading awareness, prevention, and distribute food packages.

Even with limited resources, we were able to provide short term food assistance to 41 refugee families, like the one pictured above. We are very thankful for the assistance of local partners who stepped in and helped supply food assistance to the remaining 20 families.

There is still a civil war going on in Syria, and the Kurds have been some of the hardest hit. Thousands are languishing in refugee camps. There is a shortage of fresh fruit among refugee families. Our team was able to take a couple of pick-up trucks full of fruit and made sure that all residents got some fresh fruit – especially the kids.

Due to COVID-19, many regions throughout the world are facing issues in food security. Last month, in response to COVID-19, we launched a new campaign, Harvest of Hope, to address both the short-term and long-term food security problems. The short-term food packages will help alleviate the acute suffering these families are facing. Our long-term goal is to increase and protect existing crops through training and resources like seeds and emergency food supplies. We hope to provide these families with sustainable solutions.

It would be impossible to reach these families without your help. We are grateful for supporters like yourself who continue to support this project!

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Sep 18, 2020

Students Eagerly Await Center Reopening

Our Women’s Empowerment Centers (WECs) are currently closed due to COVID-19, but we remain in touch with our staff and students. The women and girls have learned how to have a healthy life and a thriving community. We hope that the quarantine will be over soon so we can resume our Transformational Community Development (TCD) and English lessons. They are eager to start class again at the center!

Over the course of this month, we distributed various kinds of vegetable seeds to help people in the village boost their immune systems and have fresh food for the summer and fall. We also distributed liquid soap to about 90 people after teaching about hygiene, trying to ensure that participants wash their hands many times each day. 

The health trainer is reading BLLiSS (Birth Labor and Life Saving Skills) books to prepare to teach women how to keep themselves healthy during pregnancy and after giving birth once the lockdown is over. The trainer said that since we started health lessons the number of patients in the local hospital has decreased significantly, even during the pandemic.

One of the young women we have been working with has made a huge difference in her community. Shirin* is a 20-year-old student. She lived in Iran with her family for many years. She speaks Farsi with an Iranian accent and also wears traditional Iranian clothes. When we held English classes before the coronavirus outbreak, she attended both primary and middle-level English classes. 

During the lockdown, she has memorized our disease prevention instructions. Since the coronavirus began, she has taught women how to properly wash their hands and how to keep their homes and community clean. She has helped dozens of women keep themselves and their families safe during these challenging times. Shirin also uses pictures and coronavirus awareness brochures from the ministry of Health. 

The women and many of the parents of the students said that due to the virus, they have lost their jobs and incomes. We are looking forward to reopening our centers, but also grateful we are able to to still help the community! 

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Sep 16, 2020

Helping Refugee Families through Transformational Community Development

Despite the challenges from COVID-19, our office in Jordan has been able to continue working with refugee families. For the past few months, our team has met with a variety of groups and individuals to not only bring awareness, but also educate on how to prevent COVID-19. Through our Transformational Community Development (TCD) programs, we have been able to discuss the importance of being careful about self-hygiene, applying the needed requirements when outside homes and around people, like wearing face masks and gloves, and always washing hands and using hand sanitizer. Through your support, we have been able to distribute food boxes and hygiene kits to families in need! 

Below are some updates from our TCD projects in Jordan. As you read the updates, please be encouraged by the role you have played in helping us reach these families! 

Working with Yemeni Refugees

We offered two TCD courses in health education at the office. Over 20 individuals attended the session. Each person who attended received a package of food and a hygiene packet for their families as they were going home. Also, we have been able to help over 50 Yemeni refugees by providing food boxes. 

Aiesha* was one of the people who attended. We had visited Aiesha twice prior to this meeting. Aiesha was very touched by the kindness and the respect we showed to her every time we met. She told us, “You make me feel loved, respected, and dignified. You don’t just say empty words, but you show your care in practical ways, too.”

We also followed up with Abia*, a young Yemeni woman. She is married and pregnant, and is so excited to become a mother. Abia shared how GHNI influenced her life and helped her in various ways. We became like a family, supporting, loving, and encouraging her, especially during this hard time with COVID-19. She was happy and grateful for the support and practical help, which included food boxes, financial aid, and medicine, among other things.

Working with Syrian Refugees

Um Abbud* is one of the women who attended the meeting. She shared and confirmed the importance of paying attention to the prevention instructions. She also said her family was infected with COVID-19 in Syria as they did not follow the prevention instructions. After this meeting, we received feedback from a few families; they're very thankful and encouraged.

We distributed over 70 food boxes containing basic necessities to Syrian refugee families. 

Working with Iraqi Refugees

Telenaz* is an Iraqi woman from Qaraqosh Village, who fled with her family to Jordan in search of safety and hoping to resettle to Australia to unite with her son and grandchildren. During her time in Jordan, Telenaz learned a lot of things and was filled with knowledge. Telenaz was thankful for this meeting and said that GHNI never forgot her and was always there to help.

We have also been able to help more than 130 Iraqi refugee families with food boxes that consisted of several basic and important items. 

House of Ruth, Jordan 

In the House of Ruth, we also provided a TCD training with the committee. In this training, we focused on moving from relief to development. Dr. Fadi, the doctor in the House of Ruth, shared about health education and about COVID-19. He talked about methods of prevention, personal sanitation, and the importance of social distancing. At the end, we distributed sanitizer for each of the attendees. Dr. Fadi also noticed there's a significant proportion of villagers who had diabetes and high blood pressure, so he decided to do awareness sessions specifically for them. 

Goat Loan Program

In Mufaradat Village, Kassim's* son had an accident and was badly burnt. He had to stay in the hospital for two days. They didn’t have the cash that was needed to cover the payment and the medicine. Kassim didn’t have anyone around to help her. Through our Goat Loan Program, Kassim was able to act. She sold two of the goats and covered all of the expenses for her son. 

Raed, National Field Leader Assistant, had training with Ammar, Maliha, Widad, and two other members of the committee of the new village, to discuss a few of the Transformational Community Development (TCD) principles. They were able to brainstorm ideas and solutions to solve their own villages’ problems.

Currently, we are waiting to see their suggested solutions and ideas to help transform their village. It is important for them to take the first step and lead the project. 

We are very thankful for supporters like yourself, who are helping these families in their time of need. We are not able to continue our work without you!

 

Thank you,

 

Rami

GHNI Assistant National Field Leader

 

House of Ruth Training Session
House of Ruth Training Session
Goat Loan Program
Goat Loan Program

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