Jan 10, 2021

Distant yet connected.

Our fitness classes take place in a wedding hall!
Our fitness classes take place in a wedding hall!

More than ever, women in the camps are looking for a place to connect, exercise and get away from their homes for a bit. The corona pandemic and economic downturn weigh heavily on everyone and there are very little opportunities to escape these topics.

With your support, we relaunched our women’s fitness classes in a Syrian refugee camp in October!

To avoid spreading Covid, we take care to maintain distance, limiting the number of attendants and making sure everyone wears masks even while exercising. When entering the room, participants disinfect their hands and get their temperature checked. Despite all these measures, attendance is high. In fact, even though we rent a large wedding hall, we often have to turn people away in order to be able to maintain the required distance as marked by little cones! Our fitness coordinator has been visiting with individual participants after the classes, checking in on how they are doing and encouraging them however she can. Helping people to connect with each other and giving them a chance to exercise and be encouraged contributes to the emotional and mental well-being of the Syrian refugee women we serve.

Visiting with fitness participants after class.
Visiting with fitness participants after class.
Jan 10, 2021

Covid-19 and Walnut and Dates Distribution

Making cookies with walnuts and dates
Making cookies with walnuts and dates

We received funds from GlobalGiving for a second distribution in December 2020. Due to Covid-19 many families are struggling financially. We provided 54 families with a food and hygiene kit and tied it to a Yezidi holiday in December. They traditionally make cookies with dates and walnuts which are served to their guests. With the food delivered we made sure we provided the necessary flour, dates and walnuts. Families were very grateful for the kits provided and specifically for the dates and walnuts; one family right started making the traditional cookies right away.

A family tragically had their 14 year old son die a month before the distribution. The family situation is even harder as the father has abandoned their family of 9. For this single mother with many young children her survival often depends on the generosity of others in the community. For this family the distribution of food and cleaning supplies will help to sustain the family as they grieve this tragedy. Another family ran out of money to buy cleaning supplies on the morning we delivered the package with cleaning supplies. They were very grateful for the supplies handed out to them.

Giving out the food and hygiene kits
Giving out the food and hygiene kits
Giving out the food and hygiene kits
Giving out the food and hygiene kits
Nov 19, 2020

raising awareness and fighting conspiracy

Jordan desert
Jordan desert

Dear Friends of Operation Mercy,

COVID 19 continues to rage around the world, just a few moments ago i read that every 17 sec a person is dying in Europe related to COVID 19! 

The numbers and statistics from our countries are much more unclear, the unknown figures high, so we continue to provide aid but also increasingly as we restart our ongoing community health projects include COVID 19 awareness raising and education in our daily work. 

Today I have a story from Jordan for you, another team that benefited of the generous gift we received from GlobalGiving a few months ago. Here is what our Country Director from Jordan writes: 

"Before the Community Health Team went to the house for a follow-up visit, the family was told that we will all be wearing masks because of the COVID situation in Jordan.  After entering the home, the father said, “I think this is all political. I listen to professors online, who explain about the conspiracy theories. You should watch these videos too. COVID is not true. The government says there are large numbers, but we don’t get to see it or people with COVID. They are just trying to control us.”   Our team member replied, “It is real, and we know of people who have had it. You need to be careful, especially because you are older.” The whole family, including the adult children, believe COVID is a lie. We asked the 29 year old daughter, “When you go to places, do you wear masks?” She replied “Yes.” We asked, “Why do you wear masks if you think that COVID is not real?”. She said, “Because if it is true, then my parents will be safe.” We explained again that it is true, and cautioned them, “Your family needs to be careful to not give it to each other in the family.” This went back and for some time. Then dad tried to show us videos explaining his point. Since we had said all we could say, we moved on with our medical assessment/follow-up of family members, which was the other reason for our visit. 

In the past few weeks, with more people knowing someone who has Corona, we are dealing with other conspiracies. For example; this rumour:  "People, who are COVID positive and hospitalized, are being given medical treatment trials, which causes them to die. "

Another one is: "Patients, who are being hospitalized and don't have COVID, are being injected with a bad vaccine trials and dying."

All of this is encouraging people to not get tested, nor to seek medical help when needed." 

 

Thanks for continuing to stand with us and support this important project that brings correct infomration as well as phyiscal aid and relief to people in the midst of the pandemic.

 

Yours Andrea Vogt 

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