Blog: The Middle East

Relief for the Yazidis in Northern Iraq

A spotlight has been shone on the Yazidis, a religious minority from the mountains of Northern Iraq. Targeted with other religious and ethnic minorities, headlines began reporting the woes of this particular group in late February 2015. Attention continued throughout March, including a video series released by Angelina Jolie, in conjunction with UNHCR, which brought notice to the especially harsh treatment of Yazidi women and girls.

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Focusing on Care

**10th Leper Village, Holy Land

Transformational Community Development (TCD) continues as workers go to the villages and teach lessons. One of the lessons they did this month was “Caring for Vulnerable Children and Older People in the Community”. As a result of this session, the participants made a list of older people in the village and made a plan to visit and encourage them.

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A Home for the Rescued

Refugees in Lebanon

In the beginning of this year, this home shelter still opens its doors for the hurt and suffering women. Great changes and positive transformations have been seen in the lives of five ladies and three families. Below is a story of one of the women that are living in the shelter right now.

*Rabeka shared:

Uplifting Reassurance

Iraqi Refugee Families in Jordan

As we sat on the mats lining the walls of the bedroom, *Leina attempted to tell us her story. There was heaviness in the room and the baby was restless in his mother's arms, interrupting her as she tried to recount her tragic past. The older children came home from school and sat quietly next to Leina. They smiled when we gave them candy.

Help Wanted

House of Ruth, Jordan

We have sold almost all the items that have been produced in center by the ladies and young girls who have been taught by our volunteers in the summer. Once in a while, we have some ladies from that area come and make some handmade accessories. However, this center wasn’t active this past quarter very much.  It’s been a great challenge to find volunteers to keep it active, putting its vision into practice.

A Man with a Plan

Vocational Training Program, Jordan

Nimar is our man of peace in Mafraq who came to us asking for help. By loaning him 500 JD (about $705), GHNI is helping Nimar buy a sewing machine and start a small project on his own. This is such a good development and he has a great idea on how to spread hope.

Fresh Start for Ex-Prisoner

Goat Loan Program, Jordan

In the goat project in Dafeana Village, we’re having such progress work-wise and relationships-wise. We have given 8 families 14 goats this past period. We have given 5 families 11 goats in Mufaradat Village.

One goat has died, and another goat was pregnant, but it died in the night while giving birth.

Medical Day

Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Recently, we have conducted three medical days for Syrian refugees in the gathering place, Um Batma Village, and Madaba Syrian Camp. These three days included different ages of the Syrian refugees, male and female. We had a team of Americans beside a team of three doctors, whom we took to the village.

Each Voice Gets Heard

*10th Leper Village, Holy Land

You might be surprised, but even in our part of the world there is snow. One needs to say that it is rather uncommon. We are always surprised by this cold white thing falling down the sky. In some areas, there was even 50 cm (about 20 inches) of snow, which totally stopped life activities. The schools were closed, and for some time, our Transformational Community Development (TCD) workers could not go into the villages.

The Work of Women’s Hands Brings Hope to Families

House of Ruth, Jordan

Adjusting to life in an unfamiliar country can be challenging enough for those who choose to move there. For families forced to flee their homeland due to violent and ongoing regional conflict, the difficulty is even greater, compounded as it usually is by poverty and inadequate living conditions.

Imagine, then, how gratifying it is to find a means of self-support…and even better, to help support your community in the process.

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