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Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan

by Global Hope Network International
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan
Bringing Help & Hope to Syrian refugees in Jordan

There are around 500,000 to 600,000 Syrian refugee children, but despite all the help from international and local NGOs, along with the Lebanese government, only 160,000 of these children have been reached. Public schools have been opening PM shifts, especially for these refugees. With all these efforts, more than 300,000 children still remain without schooling. This year, GHNI launched new classes at the House of Sarah for women and children to overcome illiteracy. These classes are in addition to the three vocational training programs and art classes that we have been providing. This school will be taking part in supporting hundreds of children with education. Our aim is to provide the younger generation with tools to enhance their living standards and rebuild their country when they go back. Some children are very thirsty to learn, which is healthy as they grow. When watching and analyzing their behavior, we noticed that they were sometimes hyperactive to the extent of violence. The more they are studying and becoming educated, the less violent and hyperactive the children become. When talking with them, they had only bitter memories of the war, damaged houses, and dead friends and family members. Now they have increased general knowledge and preferences, and they have begun to dream. In the future, they will be an educated generation that pursues what they love in peace, while they rebuild their home country better than it was. In addition, we have been providing health services five days per week to maintain the well-being of the children and all their family members.

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English Class

Now that summer camp is over, Yohanna is teaching the English class where she has 14 students. Two of the students were coming to the class because their parents made them, not just because they wanted to. But Yohanna has a wonderful way of connecting with the children and making the lessons fun so those two boys began to enjoy the class and learned a lot. Yohanna began to see progress in the boys. First, they started to show up in the class because they wanted to and not just because their parents said so. They started sharing a lot in class, too, to the point that they wanted to answer every question.

 

Sewing Class

Manal is doing well teaching the ladies how to sew. She tries to be their friend and build a good friendship with them. Manal feels they are more like a family, not just a teacher and her students.

Five Syrian ladies attended the two-month class, which ended in August. The ladies learned the basic principles of sewing, including taking measurements, applying designs on canvas and repairing clothes. They also learned how to use, maintain, and repair the sewing machine. The ladies were so happy and thankful for the course, for the fact it’s free and they didn't have to pay anything, and for learning a new craft they can make to generate income and support their families.

 

Computer Class


Four students graduated the computer class in August. In September, we began a new class and we have very good students. They are so excited to use the computer and are eager to practice what they’ve learned as they go home and tell their parents about the class.

 

New Clinic

We treated five Syrian patients in August. They were all from Damascus and fled their city because of the war. They came to our clinic for the first time. The clinic does not just give diagnoses and therapy. It also encourages refugees to not give up or lose hope. One Syrian family we helped left Syria because of the unending and cruel war that rained bombs and rockets on their village. They came to Amman but it’s not easier here. It is safer, and they are thankful, but it is still very hard for them.

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Clinic Update

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.

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GHNI-Jordan is directly involved in the crisis of the Iraqi refugees. We have reached out and helped a tremendous number of Iraqi refugee families and we continue to reach out to more families. We not only provide food, clothing, and financial help with rent/bills, we also provide support and companionship. GHNI helps individuals see beyond their current situation and by simply being there when refugee families need us, we provide help and hope to them.

*Samer and his wife, *Sacha, have a son. They are from Damascus and were living in Al-Sham before leaving Syria. When Samer was nine years old, he started to watch his neighbor who was a tailor. Samer would sneak into that man's workshop to play with the dying colors and the fabric.

One time, the man saw Samer sneaking and from that day on he started to teach Samer how to sew. Samer loved sewing as he was growing up and learning from that man. Samer’s ambition was to have a tailor workshop just like this man. Samer went to the army for a year and a half, and when he returned, the man had left Syria for the Gulf and didn’t return. The man called Samer and told him to take the workshop for himself. Samer now had his own workshop. His business grew, and he was exporting goods outside Syria.

Samer had to leave it all because of the war. He lost his house, car and his workshop. He and his family moved to Lebanon and stayed three months. They thought they would go back home at some point, but their situation was so bad that they were forced to change course and move to Jordan. Sami and his family have been in Jordan for five years now. He found a job and started to work as a tailor again. Recently, he had a serious accident. Samer was walking in the street when a car struck him and another vehicle, dragging Samer across the road. The people who are responsible haven't been nice to him and haven’t covered his medical treatment. Samer presented a complaint to the court because of the harm he suffered. He hopes the court will rule in his favor, so his surgeries and other medical costs are covered by those responsible. Samer now has plates and screws in his body but still can’t walk properly. His knees have been harmed.

Sacha, his wife, is very overwhelmed. She is feeling low because she and Samer are not appreciated, valued or taken care of. She was holding her tears back, but not for so long. She is concerned as her husband wanted to go back, which means that she might lose him. Both of Samer and Sacha miss Syria. They know they can't go back but they love it. They talked about the old days back in Syria and their life in Syria. As they were talking, their eyes were tearing. We encouraged them and tried to give them hope for the future. 

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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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Global Hope Network International

Location: Orlando, FL - USA
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Daphne Keys
Orlando, FL United States

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