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Apr 2, 2018

Far Reaching Impact

Sewing Class

Our sewing center is equipping the women to live better lives. The sewing students are moving forward and learning to cut and pattern. Their teacher is also working hard to give them a lot of ideas on style for cutting and stitching.

We have built trust in community leadership and also among the women. Lives are being transformed here.

*Sonia is part of our sewing center and enjoys the atmosphere of the center. When asked, Sonia told us, “I am encouraged that we are not only learning the skills of stitching but also we are mentored by our teacher on how to live a good and meaningful life. Our lives are changed here.”

Computer Center 

The students in our computer center are also gaining knowledge and skills on the computer. They are learning and practicing typing skills. Their teacher is helping them to grasp the formulas, and the students are very happy, enjoying the good atmosphere. 

Our computer academy is providing the knowledge of technology and impacting students’ lives to go on to impact the lives of others.

Farming

The field of fodder is growing, and farmers are happy that they will harvest the crop after a few months. They are on the way of progress; the hard work is moving them on the road of self-sustainability.

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Mar 20, 2018

Home? There's nothing there.....

Yzidi girl
Yzidi girl

I recently visited some groups of the Yazidi Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to check on their current circumstances. In fact, their town Shingal (or Sinjar) was rescued, but the town had been completely destroyed. There is no fresh water and electricity, and there are still bombs not completely deactivated. Therefore, the people don’t think it’s good to return home. A few men returned to trade with Iraq and Syria because Shingal is a town near the Syrian border.

After I asked the Shingal people about their needs, they said that they need fresh, cold water because the weather is very hot now--almost 50° C (nearly 122°F). The heat made the water in barrels become very hot, even too hot to shower in. They also asked for continued help with their daily needs especially, such as flour, sugar, tea, rice, and a refrigerator to make ice to cool the water. They thanked GHNI for buying milk, chicken, and seeds for them.

 

 

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Mar 9, 2018

Tragedy hits mother, daughter and granddaughters

Women working
Women working

*Kasandra is a Syrian lady from the city of Al-Sham. She is divorced and left Syria when the war started. She and her daughter, *Susana, are currently living by themselves. Their living conditions are bad. Susana has two little daughters and her husband suffers from psychological issues. He left Susana one day and decided he could take the two young daughters with him. Susana didn’t know he had taken the children and looked for them everywhere in Jordan. What a shock! He took them and disappeared. She couldn’t get her daughters out of her mind and she didn’t know anything about their whereabouts for a long time. It was very hard to handle as a mother and refugee in a foreign country.

One day, she gained information about her husband and her daughters. They were in Syria. Someone saw them there and immediately informed Susana. Thankfully, she was able to talk with her daughters. They were in such bad condition and they were crying, wanting her to be there with them. After Susana learned where they were, the husband divorced her. Despite her difficult and hopeless situation, Susana has hope one day she will be with her daughters again.

Now, the mother and adult daughter are both divorced. Kasandra and Susana are away from their family and relatives. They are alone in a foreign country, waiting for permanence and trying to survive. No one provides for them and they really cannot work legally due to their refugee status. What a situation. Kasandra sometimes makes handcrafts to sell and earns a small income. Susana is taking a course to learn how to make sweets and different kinds of desserts.

This is the story of two women without a home.  *The names are changed for their protection.  While it is tragic, because of the help they receive through Global Hope Network International Jordan, they are able to feed themselves and look toward a future filled with hope.  The skills learned here will help them to build a solid foundation wherever they find themselves longterm - whether back in Syria some day or a placement through the United Nations in a welcoming country.  Neither woman wanted to share her picture with the world and we have respected their wishes.  Attached are pictures of other children and women in similar circumstances.

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Children living as refugees from Syria in Jordan
Children living as refugees from Syria in Jordan
Children living as refugees from Syria in Jordan 2
Children living as refugees from Syria in Jordan 2

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