Blog: The Middle East

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.

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. 

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.

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.

A Helping Hand

It’s always inspiring to hear about the growth happening in the House of Ruth, a community center serving a cluster of villages in rural Jordan. In their latest update, the GHNI-Jordan team shares how even the students have been inspired by our presence!

House of Ruth, Jordan

“With the multiple English classes running, seeing progress through students’ ability to speak and read has been refreshing. We are excited to have a newly equipped classroom and the students are excited as well.

Not Waiting for Spring Thaw

Dr K is a valued part of our GHNI team in Turkey with a huge heart to use his skills as a doctor to help his fellow Turkish people. Even more, he goes to great lengths to make sure they receive the help they need despite the winds of change in the nation’s temporal and political climate.

Comforting a Grieving Nation

From the desk of Mike Parks, GHNI’s Director of Disaster Relief

Syrian women have grieved often for the sons and husbands who have been killed in the fighting or executed by forces on either side of the conflict. These women weep not only for their lost sons, but they weep for themselves and their daughters, too.

They fled in search of safety and shelter, but now they find themselves exposed to exploitation. This happens in dusty refugee camps in Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon or overcrowded apartments in cities where the numbers of refugees grows every day.

Seeking Hope and Healing for Heart and Country

From the desk of Jamal Hashweh, Regional Field Leader of the Middle East--

Refugee Families in Jordan

Marking progress with the Syrian crisis is like counting water droplets in a thunderstorm. The work is never ending and the problems remain. Winter was a time of giving out heaters, jackets, and blankets. We are trying to help stabilize the lives of the families, as they will be here for a long time.

Can We Help Relieve Syria’s Deep Sorrow?

Our disaster relief team is working hard to help Syrians displaced within the borders of their own country. Mike Parks, GHNI’s Director of Disaster Relief, shares the following realities with us:

The harsh and complex civil war in Syria continues. Even as there are talks going on in Geneva, millions of Syrians are suffering and a nation is being torn apart at its foundation.

A Father for Syria's Families

Refugee Families in Jordan

A father of six children, Fathi* and his family are among many Syrians who have fled to survive the ongoing danger, no longer able to generate income in the war-torn land. He was always a hard worker and ached to provide for his children, so they entered Jordan. So many others like him with the same idea had already begun to take a toll on the Jordanian economy, so we knew GHNI needed to get involved, but how?