Blog: The Middle East

Is there Hope? Part 1 - Violence in the Holy Land

More than four years ago Syrian refugees in search of mercy began fleeing to neighboring countries to escape unspeakable mayhem in their homeland. Early in the crisis, compassionate outreach was abundant for those broken souls, with Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey opening their borders, and through 2013, Israel provided field hospital medical care to at least 700 severely wounded and critically ill innocent citizens who were delivered to or collapsed at checkpoints.

Family Life Transformed

**10th Leper Village, Holy Land

After attending our Transformational Community Development (TCD) training for a while, two ladies shared with us why they appreciate the lessons:

“Especially from the lectures on Effective Parenting, I learned about relationships that bond.”

The Power of Relationship Eases Refugees’ Burdens

Not so long ago, thousands of families in Syria and Iraq found their lives turned upside down. A need for safe harbor drove them to nearby Jordan. Within a year more than half a million were living in an unfamiliar land.

From Armenia to Syria and Back Again

Dzia’s Journey

Dzia* was named after her great-grandmother, who came to Syria in 1915 during the Armenian Genocide, toting Dzia’s grandmother - an infant at the time - and two great-uncles at her side on the arduous journey. As a second generation Armenian-Syrian, recently Dzia found herself in a position eerily similar to her great-grandmother’s.

Electricity Training in the Camps

Refugee Families in Lebanon

GHNI-Lebanon is working to help and give hope to many women and children living in the camps to minimize their suffering and sorrow. At this point, we are achieving it by giving electricity training courses to equip and build their skills and guide them in this career, as they are not allowed to go to school.

Bringing Joy in July to Refugees in the Middle East

Many have known the corner of the world we call the Middle East as a place of consistent tumult filled with intermittent bursts of violence. This land harbors some of the most beautiful and intriguing sites for tourists and explorers, but foreigners are often warned to tread the ground gingerly for fear of getting caught in life-threatening violence. Currently, savage acts are holding the lives of the innocent in the balance as they cry out for relief...for an end to depravity and a beginning of a sustained way of life.

Building Bridges through Goat Program

Goat Loan Program, Jordan

This project is being a blessing to all the hosting families in the past years. It gives us the chance to build bridges with village people who are unreachable by many.

Unfortunately, we had four goats die in Dafeaneh, 2 goats died in Jilaed-Salt, and 5 died in Ma’in. The good news is there are seven newborn goats in Ma’in, nine new goats in Jilaed-Salt (five males and four females), and Dafeana has one pregnant goat and two newborn goats.

Community Center is Open

House of Ruth, Jordan

House of Ruth has been fully activated from the beginning of this year. We believe, step-by-step, this house will be full of people and activity. Around seven ladies of different ages gather once a week, making different kinds of handmade accessories. This project helps these ladies generate income in order to provide for their families and/or themselves.

One Book Made All the Difference

Vocational Training Program, Jordan

Moses Overcomes for Business Administration Degree

Small Projects to Meet Great Needs

Refugee Families in Jordan

The numbers of Syrian families who are in Jordan at the moment are huge, and their situation is sad and heart breaking. They have been waiting and waiting, and nothing is changing. They are lost in the middle. Even large NGOs are unable to cover their huge number.