Blog: The Middle East

Desperately Seeking Sanctuary

Disaster Relief, Syria

Now in a fourth year of war, the conflict in Syria worsens with the growing strength of violent groups. As they continue to terrorize the citizens of many villages across Syria and Iraq, the flow of refugees grows as they seek sanctuary in some place, any place, where violent groups have less influence.

Crafting Their Own Means of Support

It’s exciting news when villagers who were once living in extreme poverty are able to support themselves. It is even more exciting when they can also support opportunities which help others in their community. That is what is happening at the House of Ruth, according to GHNI Jordan’s National Leader, Rami Hanna.


Helping the Ambitious Move Forward

Goat Loan Program, Jordan

Since the contract with our goat-hosting family came to its end, we were looking for a new hosting family last month. Gladly, we found some families in another area who are in need and moved the goats over to them. We are happy to be part of developing and empowering another family.

Tears of Joy

Refugee Families in Jordan

This month we have distributed wheelchairs in different areas in Amman, where Syrian refugees were part of the campaign. As you know, many of these refugees were injured due to the situation in their country. Their hearts were touched by the kindness and care they saw and received from the team members, who were not in a hurry to finish. The team gave every single case the time needed to fix their wheelchair.

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 families in Iraq were terrorized, causing many to flee, joining the Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Learning to Speak with Love

*10th Leper Village, Holy Land

In September we had a medical day in which two doctors saw eighty patients. Most of them suffer with back, leg, and joint pain. Ten days afterward, we visited them and forty received needed medicine. We will keep visiting them.

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.