Blog: The Middle East

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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GHNI Welcomes New Village!

*10th Leper Village, Holy Land

A cluster of villages in the Holy Land which we call 10th Leper Village is the newest addition to GHNI’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) program.  The people in this village cluster have endured generations of poverty resulted from lack of employment, health care, and education opportunities.  Recent wars in surrounding areas have brought refugee camps to further diminish the villagers’ livelihoods. 

Relief for Displaced Iraqis

Renewed fighting in Iraq has displaced over 1.2 million Iraqis and 1 million Syrians who were taking refuge in Iraq, according to the United Nations as of 2 July, 2014.

It is heartbreaking to have to say, once again families are fleeing the violence of war and are pleading for help.The UN estimates, more than 2,400 people — at least three-quarters of them civilians — were killed as militants swept through large swathes of northern and western Iraq.

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Ending Poverty One Villager at a Time

No matter where you live, poverty exists.  What we see on our national news, it is just the glimpse of the extreme poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Much of the world’s poverty is hidden, covered or ignored in our modern existence.  It is too much for us to bear!

GHNI workers cannot turn away from the realities. Our field workers walk daily alongside hidden and hurting communities. They watch as villages transform before their eyes.  There is a solution to poverty and it lies within villagers; it lies within those currently living in poverty.

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Hope in their Eyes

While the Syrian people have not endured an easy road, our leaders in Jordan have been able to capture glimpses of hope in the refugees there.  You’ll be so moved by this story from GHNI-Jordan about two women’s special meeting.