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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