Open Heart Surgery Saves a Child's Life

Refugees in Jordan


Iraqi Refugees

Sami* is from Basra, Iraq. He worked as an office man in an engineer's office. He is married and has two daughters and one son who has Down’s Syndrome. Sami had to leave Iraq because of one of his daughters who was 11 years old and in the 5th grade was threatened. One of her classmates accused her of insulting their teacher. It was sad and scary to see the hatred demonstrated at this young age.


Fadhil* and his family have recently entered Jordan. Since then, they've been waiting to be placed and settled in a different country to live in safety.  


Syrian Refugees

This month, GHNI Jordan helped a Syrian child to have open-heart surgery. Her name is Fatema*; she is from Dara'a, Syria. The family ran away from Dara'a because of the war that intensified in their village. Many people were lost because of the war. 


This is the story from Fatema’s mother. She said, “Walking in the streets of our village became unbearable. The war is cruel and ugly. Many died. We would find dead bodies scattered all around in the neighbourhood, in every corner. We couldn't handle it any longer, so we decided finally to leave Syria to save our family from death and all the killing. We ran through the borders to Jordan. 


Fatema was born in Jordan. The doctor informed us that she needed open-heart surgery. Someone we knew in the camp told us about GHNI and that they can help us save Fatema’s life. Thankfully, Fatema had the open-heart surgery and it went successfully. Her mother is blown away by the fact that it is done. She still can't believe that her daughter has had the needed surgery in one of the best hospitals in Amman when they didn’t have a penny. She is grateful and amazed.


Yemeni Refugees

Jordan has had several heat waves where the temperature reached 39 Celsius degrees. GHNI Jordan has distributed fans for the Yemeni refugees since they cannot afford buying one. 


We have invited a group of Yemeni refugees to the office and gathered them in a small and brief Health education meeting. Our team member addressed the importance of taking the vaccine, and how Jordan encourages all citizens and people living within its borders to receive it to be healthy and protected.


Thank you,



GHNI Assistant National Field Leader

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Sami”, “Fadhil” and “Fatema'' are pseudonyms for the individuals being helped by this project.