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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

*Hallen is a Syrian who we’ve known since he first came to Jordan quite some time ago. A lot of good things have happened in his life and we are thankful that we have been able to be with him through different seasons. Recently when we met, Hallen expressed his frustrations with not being able to work, of being rejected, and being so limited because there aren’t many opportunities. He is frustrated with being a refugee and having to depend on others to help him and his family. He then shared an idea with us. He wanted to open a small booth where he would sell mobile accessories and other practical stuff. He needed us to loan him a small amount to get the booth/wood trolley and the items that he wanted to start selling.

Hallen’s life has now changed. Through his perseverance and willingness to challenge life as he knew it, he is now standing on his own two feet. He broke outside of the box he was living in and it has helped him be the man he wants to be. He is not earning a fortune, but it covers some daily expenses and helps him in more ways than anyone can express.

*Dua continues to cook meals for our GHNI friends, guests, volunteers, and teams. This has been such a great help to us. We have also asked a Syrian and an Iraqi family to cook meals for us. Our team visits with them over lunch and it gives us an opportunity to achieve our mission of bringing help in both social and physical areas. It also provides the families a source income.

 

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Seeking Peace
Seeking Peace

This family is from Syria from Homs. Um Ali has grown up with lots of Christian who lived in her neighbor, she also studied in a church as they had no school at their area. She said; " we didn’t think of oh your Christian, you are a Muslim, that wasn’t there at all, we used to live in peace, to eat together, to spend all day long together.  I have many Christian friends, they are closer to me than my family." 

Um Ali married when she was 25 years, she has 2 children (Ayah who is 17 years, and Ali who is 13 years). During our talk, Um Ali started to describe her house, it was a heavy moment for her, she paused, she had a smile when we first started to talk and then we arrived to this point her face turned red. She said, it's hard for me to remember, I want to forget, I can't and I won't yet I want to hide it and never think of it or recall. War is no fun. War is harsh and cruel. I love peace."

Yet she expressed and described its design and setting, where she used to sit and read for hours. She loves reading, she used to read a lot of documentaries.  She wished she took lot of photos for her house. She loved her house. She loved it a lot, and she misses a whole lot now. 

Um Ali was a teacher.  Life changed. Everything changed after you live under attacks, hearing rockets and gun shots.

One day, extremists were randomly picking and they arrested her husband and tortured him for 12 days, they tortured him with electricity, they hit him on his head and it was cruel and brutal.  " These people are like animals, no wait, animals are merciful, animals are loyal. But these people!! I don’t have words to describe them.'' Um Ali said. 

Her husband suffers from Parkinson’s and retinal detachment and eyes cataract after all the torture he received. Later, they went to a shelter, and stayed around 4 months but then they left Syria in 2013 to come to Jordan. In Jordan, they stayed in Zaatari refugee camp for 25 days. Life there is not life. "It's hard, very hard to live there" Um Ali said. They couldn’t bear the situation there, it was dirty, no privacy. 

They managed to leave the camp and headed to Amman.
"I feel Jordan is my home, here I found peace. I don’t ask about anything no money no power I just ask about peace. " Um Ali said.
 

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Learning special skills
Learning special skills
Over the last month, it has been a wonderful time with the women. When asked about what they enjoy most about the group, the women said they loved coming out of their homes, meeting with everyone, having fun together, and learning new things. 

One woman left Syria three years ago and her family dispersed. Some remain in Syria, while others are in camps. Her hope is to one day return to Syria, but she doesn't know if this will ever be possible. The reality of her living situation is difficult. Under much financial pressure, her husband sometimes becomes violent when he is angry. She often breaks down in tears during group meetings, and she talks about feeling isolated. Tears stream down her face as we talk over tea and share about these things. Her face lightens as she shares it's just good to talk with someone and for them to listen.
 
Over the next few months, we will be putting together a specific course for the women
covering essential health topics such as nutrition, mental health, first aid, basic hygiene, and exercise. Each woman will receive a certificate to say that she has completed the course. It will equip them to live healthy lives and care for their families. For each woman, we have started doing a full medical assessment, including essential screenings and examinations. This has been valuable for the women to receive holistic care, detect any health problems, and prevent further deterioration. This week, we detected that one of woman had diabetes and a possible heart problem. We were able to make appropriate referrals to ensure that she receives essential health care.
 
In the House of Ruth, we started a new workshop with Esmat. A lady with a disability decided to not be limited by her disability and instead turn it around and live more fully. Esmat is teaching the art of mosaic to seven Jordanian ladies and seven Syrian ladies. We are excited about this workshop! 

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Women learning to sew
Women learning to sew

Once a week in Ma’in, Pam the British nurse teaches on topics such as healthy skin and how to maintain a healthy diet. It started with three women and has grown to between 6 – 10 women each week. Having learned about healthy eating, the women are planning to make a recipe book together of their favorite healthy and cheap recipes. We also did creative projects, such as glass painting and crafts for relaxation and wellbeing. The women continue to love the exercise class. We dance to “I Love to Boogie”, and we use cans of chickpeas for weights!

As we get to know the women, trust is built within the group. The women have started to share more stories about their lives -- their family situation, their hopes, and their struggles. One of the women spoke about how her husband had tried to kill her. He has since left her and has taken her child. She is from Syria and is just 17-years-old. She now lives with her mom, again. In the group, Nurse Pam often tells the women they are wonderfully made of immeasurable worth. Whenever she shares this, the women’s faces light up and look so encouraged.

For Mother’s Day, we made special cakes and flowers for them to show how they are special and valued. Our vision for the group is that the women will know that they are loved and cared for. Many of the women experience depression, so this group provides emotional support and community. You can see the positive impact it has. One of the women has severe depression and her children experienced domestic violence from her husband. She sometimes feels like ending her life and described how this group gives her something to look forward to each week. Our team is thankful for such an opportunity to encourage these women, radiating love and kindness to them.

Medical Clinic
Dr. Baraa has been such an asset to the team in the House of Ruth clinic. He holistically assesses each patient, and they quickly trust him and share with him about their concerns and struggles. The families have been using the cold and flu packs that we gave out last month.

The packs have helped them care for their families at home and bring relief from symptoms. We have made an education leaflet to help families care for their children with coughs, colds, fevers, diarrhea, and to know when to seek medical help. This is designed to empower and equip parents to care for their children at this time of year, when they can be sick with many infections.  

We have seen many acute cases of infections such as tonsillitis, chest and ear infections, which we have been able to provide antibiotics when appropriate. We have also been able to continue to monitor and provide medicines for chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension. 

 

Computer & English Classes

There are 10 to 15 students attending the computer class each week. The children in the class actively participate. They like the class, as it teaches the theory followed by the application. Currently, they are learning how to use Word in Microsoft Office.

Regarding the English class, there are 17 students attending on a weekly basis. Students are children of both genders and age ranges between 7 – 18 years old. The students are getting better, little by little. The students like the class and they enjoy learning the English language.

In recent months, it has been wonderful to see the addition of Dalya to the team. Dalya and her family fled Iraq to come to Jordan and she has joined Pam, our British Nurse, to be part of the women’s health clinics on Wednesdays at the House of Ruth. Dalya brings kindness and a gentle spirit to the group which serves the women. Dalya is servant-hearted and gives generously.

Dalya is from Basra, originally, but they lived in Qaraqoush. She described her life as beautiful and peaceful in Qaraqoush untill invaders entered. Dalya is now 22-years-old and she was studying software engineering but could not finish because her village was invaded and she had to leave it all like everyone else. She was having exams at that time. Her dad was an electrician and her brother was studying but also couldn’t finish for the same reason.

They left to Bartalah, and stayed there for one day. Then they left for another area called Shikhani and stayed for a couple of days before returning to Qaraqoush. There in Qaraqoush, it was scary. Dalya tried to describe the sounds of the guns. There was no water and no electricity, bombing in the middle of the night, and the sound of military tanks. A few days later, the army withdrew. Her family left again at midnight and had a hard night as they

headed toward Inkawah. They stayed there for ten days but left Inkawah, as it was full of people from Mosul and Nineveh Valley, and went to Sulimaniah. One community leader helped them find a place to stay. There was this big house that contained ten families along with Dalya's family. Each family stayed in a room. They stayed there for two and half years and then came to Jordan on February 9, 2017. Dalya became involved in several activities when she was in Kurdistan. They are hoping to relocate to the United States.  

Medical care provided by GHNI team
Medical care provided by GHNI team

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Global Hope Network International

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

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