By having the computer center in our community, the villagers are very happy about it. Somnath* is a 6th grader and his parents are especially excited about it. He and his younger brother live in a combined family. His father is a rickshaw puller who works beside the railway slum. Somnath’s grandfather also pulls a rickshaw and also lives with their family. The father of the family was sharing with me that if we were not offering computer education to his children, then it would have been impossible for them to educate them with computer knowledge. The parents are very happy and grateful about it.
When Somnath came to our computer center, he knew nothing about computers. Now he knows all the names of the different parts of the computer and he can control the mouse with much better balance. He knows a little bit about MS Word and Paint. Somnath is developing as a student and he is very happy to be at our education center.
A girl named Abhati* also studies in the 6th grade. She comes from a very poor background. Her father is a day laborer and her mother is a housewife. Most of the time, Abhati’s mother suffers from illness. Her father struggles to support their family.
Abhati’s parents met with me and asked if we are teaching computer to many children. I answered, “Yes,” and they expressed their desire for their children to be educated in computer knowledge. I was very happy to let them know that GHNI is with them and ready to stand beside them. Now Abhati has been learning computer for one year. Now she knows the basics of computer, such as MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Paint. Her parents are very happy to see her development. They are grateful to GHNI and we are very grateful to you, our supporters.
*For purposes of safety and well-being, we have used pseudonyms for individuals being helped by this project.
Sep 10, 2018
Transformational Community Development Starts in Iraq
By Mike Parks - Project Leader
Moving into the 5th year in exile, the 100+ Yzidi families we serve are still unable to return home due to a complex environment of political uncertainty, religious persecution, destroyed homes and infrastructure, no work, uncleared mines, and lack of security.
We continue to help these dear people by visiting tent to tent, and helping them with basic health needs. We are helping heal the trauma through personal relationships, visiting families in their tents and homes, listening to their stories, and helping them make sense of their new life.
We will also continue to build on our years of works of compassion by training them in Transformational Community Development (TCD training them to identify, prioritize, and resolve their problems with locally available resources) which helps them in exile as well as when the return home. We plan to begin our first Transformational Community Development (TCD) project for the Yzidi people in Iraq this year.
These have been difficult times, but your support has brought joy and stability to their lives.
Aug 30, 2018
Families Finding Strength from Within
By Rami - GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader
Our new clinic welcomed 44 Syrian patients last month. We were able to encourage them as well as offer medical treatments and some physical help. One day a lady was wondering if she was pregnant. She was concerned because their life is difficult here in Jordan and they will not be able to provide for a new-born baby. We encouraged her to have hope and know that a child is a gift.
Families Adopting Families
*Elishat is from Baghdad and is living with her elderly parents and brother. In 2005, she was working with an organization in Iraq, claiming women’s rights. She left Baghdad in 2006 due to a threat she received because of her job and her beliefs. She wasn’t wearing a head cover (the hijab) and she was driving a car, which was not acceptable for women in Baghdad at the time
She went to Syria and stayed there until 2007 when she returned to Iraq. Her parents were sick, and they needed someone to take care of them. Her brother also needed help because he has epilepsy. When she returned to Baghdad, she had to go to the Ministry of Immigration and Expatriates to complete some papers. One of her employers refused to give her an approval because he had asked her to marry him temporarily and she didn’t accept his offer. She then received new threats and had to leave Iraq again. Her parents were afraid and very concerned but Elishat decided to leave Iraq and come to Jordan. Since she arrived in Jordan, she has prepared everything for herself. She also provides everything for her family who is now with her in Jordan. They have been in Jordan for 11 years, and Elishat and her family are registered at the United Nations. They want to go to any safe country, but nothing has happened yet.
Elishat is a very strong woman and has a big heart. She serves and takes care of her elderly sick parents as well as her brother. GHNI has visited her and enjoyed the time spent with her. She is powerful and full of joy. She shared with the team how she gets her strength from within, and she was so thankful for our visit because she felt that she is not forgotten, and that we care about her and her family.
*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Habil” and “Elishat” are pseudonyms for individuals being helped by this project.