Blog: The Middle East

Adopt a Refugee Family

When political unrest broke out in Syria in early 2011, many Syrians began to flee their country, looking for a safe place for their families. By the end of 2012, over 500,000 Syrians had found temporary residence throughout Jordan. About one third of these are in and around the Zatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Then ISIS began terrorizing families in Iraq, causing many to flee, joining the Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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Sudanese Woman Graduates University

The road to education and a better life wasn’t just rocky, but seemingly impossible for one young woman. Rami, GHNI National Leader in Jordan, shares how we sometimes just have to look at things from a different angle…

Work Continues Despite Violence

Children playing in a park. Food on the table. Access to medical care. How many times, even daily, do most of us take these things for granted? And how do we cope when innocence is cut short by conflict, the materials we rely on for survival are threatened or stolen? In a remarkable example of the resilience of the human spirit, the GHNI Holy Land team shares a story of one village pursuing transformation even as chaos rages around them.

 

Rains & Floods in Pakistan

Disaster Relief

“Late monsoon rains in northern Pakistan have washed away communities, devastated farmland, and brought the risk of a ‘super-flood’ moving across the country, leaving millions of people potentially vulnerable,” our partners, with whom we have worked in the floods of 2010 and 2011, have reported.

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Syrian Children Missing Critical Learning Stages

Refugee Families in Jordan

When increasing violence gave families no choice but to leave their homes, possessions, jobs and bank accounts to seek safety in neighboring Jordan and Lebanon, the future became suddenly unclear. Hopes and dreams became a distant memory as these families settled into refugee camps or other temporary housing. Weeks turned into months and months turned into years. School aged children will likely reap the most far reaching consequences of this awful conflict.

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Compassion Builds Bridges for Hope

In this guest post from Monique Newman, a GHNI volunteer, you will travel to Jordan alongside her group from California. Monique became an eager GHNI volunteer in 2010 on her first trip to Jordan and it stole her heart. She has served many struggling to survive and recovering from trauma in the refuge of Jordan, far from their homelands. She found personally visiting and seeing the life-transforming power of compassion a compelling enterprise.

Leading with Love in the Holy Land

From the desk of Pavla Kasporova, Assistant Regional Field Leader for the Holy Land, enjoy this heart-warming account of one of GHNI’s dedicated field leaders.

The whole region is in crises. All the violence and suffering in Gaza, Israel, West Bank, Syria, Iraq, ... and yet, there are reasons to be filled with joy and hope. For example, our partner, Joe*, just welcomed his third child!

Joe grew up at his grandma’s place in a small village alongside his 6 brothers and sisters. From an early age, he knew the most important thing in life is love.

Sustainability for Refugees of the Conflict without Borders

Originally written as a press release by Bethany Marinelli, U.S. Communications Coordinator, this interview with Mike Parks, GHNI's Disaster Relief Director, answers many questions about what is really happening in the continuous conflicts in the Middle East.

Holy Land Violence Creates Orphans

An urgent email sent recently to Hal Jones, President of GHNI, from a GHNI leader in the *Holy Land stated:

“In the disaster area...more than 500 people are killed, 3500 injured, and ninety thousand people left their homes and evacuated up to this moment...there is lack of emergency medicine in hospitals. Everything you offer, it helps. Many children are orphans without families.

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Milk and Eggs for Breakfast

Out of milk and eggs? Just pull your car into the supermarket on your way home from work. Easy, right? Your children will have a nice high-protein breakfast in the morning so they can be successful in school. You have a post-workout calcium boost to supplement your bones and muscles. But, what if you lived in rural Jordan without a car or money enough to buy food for you and your children? Also, the nearest market is a half-day walk from your village.

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