Christmas Gifts to Iraqi Children

Refugees in Jordan

 

Iraqi Refugees

 

We know the circumstances the Iraqi refugees are going through, and also know that they are not allowed to work. With the COVID-19 crisis, the economic situation has become worse. No home visits or big gatherings are allowed. Nevertheless, our GHNI teams and volunteers were able to reach out to the most vulnerable and needy in different ways.

 

It is now the beginning of the winter season. We started by helping six Iraqi refugee families and provided jackets and shoes and offered Christmas gifts to the children. They were so happy and their families were very thankful.

Distribution event: we ordered 1,000 blankets to distribute alongside the food boxes to different people groups in different areas. Our desire is that the community leaders catch the vision of reaching out to the different communities. Many leaders and volunteers have partnered with us in the distribution process.
 

We helped 10 Iraqi families in the Al Ashrafyeh area. Our volunteer, who is helping many refugees in that area, had selected which families would receive help this time. He has been building relationships with these families and is following up with them. The families were so thankful and appreciative to receive this much needed help, especially in these hard times of the COVID-19 crisis. 
 

Pregnant Women and Children Winter Jackets Programme: with the help of some volunteers, we were able to provide clothes, milk, diapers, baby clothes, vitamins, blankets and baby formula.

Milad* and Lava* have three children. They had to flee Mosul, Iraq in 2006 after receiving threats from the militia. Their way to Jordan was long, staying in different villages up to Kurdistan. Later, they decided to leave their country as the conditions were very difficult and unsafe. They needed to go to Baghdad in order to obtain a passport. This took several months during which Milad unfortunately had an accident. During two years, he needed a wheelchair and this delayed their departure again. Finally, in 2016, they managed to reach Jordan where they were hoping to apply for a refugee status in Australia. Since then, they are waiting and experiencing the difficulties of being refugees. As GHNI, we were happy to be able to bring some hope, comfort, and encouragement to them. The family was very thankful to receive gifts from the team.

 

Syrian Refugees

 

We hosted two groups of 12 Syrian refugees; we shared with them some Transformational Community Development  (TCD) principles and stressed on the importance of taking extra care of self-hygiene, of wearing face masks and gloves, and of washing hands or using hand sanitiser. Some GHNI team members shared personal experiences regarding COVID-19, how they cope with sickness, and shared encouragement and hope. Each refugee received a food box and a blanket. One woman came along with her neighbour: she was at first hesitant to come and ask for help from us because she thought that we might not welcome and help her. She was so happy and thankful for the support she received. 

 

Um Abru*, a Syrian refugee mother, is living with her daughter and a 13-years-old disabled son. Um Abru left Syria with her children when the war started in 2011. Her husband stayed behind fighting for and defending his land. He was injured in both his eye and his hand. When the border between Syria and Jordan reopened, she asked her husband to come and join her and their children, but he refused. She told him they would return to Syria. He also refused to go with them and asked her to stay where she was. Our GHNI Jordan team was able to provide for help, hope, and encouragement: she is loved and not forgotten.

 

Yemeni Refugees

 

According to UNICEF: "Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with more than 24 million people – some 80% of the population – in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 12 million children."
 

We have been working and helping the Yemeni refugees who came to Jordan, seeking safety and shelter. Since then, we were thinking of how to reach out to more Yemeni refugees. How is it possible to provide help for those who are still inside Yemen, who couldn’t and cannot leave but are still suffering?
 

We had a meeting with Aaron* who is a Yemeni refugee. Aaron wants to help and share hope with his people. We asked Aaron about the safest way to help the Yemenis in Yemen. He told us that he knows a man named Arif* who could help. 
 

The safest way is to send money to Arif. When he receives it, he will buy the items and make it ready to be distributed to the poor and needy families. This is what we did. We connected with our Man of Peace in Yemen, transferred the money, and they started to work according to the plan.
 

This was the first time working inside Yemen. The programme is to help only 20 families as a start. All the families are from one poor village of Ibb governance (a governorate of Yemen). It is an island south of the country.
 

The people in the village are farmers, they are suffering from the bad living conditions the country overall is passing through and facing. Arif bought the items immediately on the same day he received the money.
 

The next day, he went to the village. It took four hours to reach the village. The families were happy and thankful to receive the support at these times.
 

Each food box contains the following basic items: rice, oil, salt, flour and washing powder.

 

Thank you,

 

Rami

GHNI Assistant National Field Leader

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Milad”, “Lava”, “Um Abru”, “Aaron”, and “Arif” are pseudonyms for the individuals being helped by this project. 

 

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