Blog: Other Regions

Progress in Ending Extreme Poverty

By, Bethany Marinelli

The year of 2015 will go into the books as one of great change and progress for Global Hope Network International. Our staff has worked hard, both in the field in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and in our resource offices in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

It’s difficult to truly quantify the hard work of Hidden and Hurting around the world who toiled toward a future of Hope. It is they whom we stand by in awe as they inspire us to push forward to end extreme poverty.

Yeva’s Holiday Wish: A Safe Place to Begin Again

By, Annakarina Rincon

GHNI Leadership Visit House of Esther

House of Esther, Armenia

In early October, we presented the House of Esther at a gathering in Ferney Voltaire, France.  People were interested in helping the Syrian refugee families. We explained that we are getting ready to host refugee families once we finish the basic renovations on the house. A few volunteered their time to visit and help where needed. A few doctors and sociologists may provide counseling and assistance to abused women to speed the healing and recovery process.

Welcome Picnic for Refugee Families

House of Esther, Armenia

Before our opening picnic in August, many final preparations and renovations were accomplished.

Families Serving Refugees

House of Esther, Armenia

Back in early July, two volunteers and my family arrived with me at the House of Esther. We worked long hours with the contractor and local workers to finish the center as much as possible. The 2nd of August was our day introducing the House of Esther to the refugee families, locals, and different humanitarian organizations.

Introducing the House of Esther!

House of Esther, Armenia

Ready to initiate developing the House of Esther, I gathered the necessary materials I would need for my trip to Armenia in April. Accompanied by one volunteer, I was equipped with the flyers I’d need for meetings with various organizations and friends to build support and a team of volunteers. Once on location, the renovation process was ready to begin.

Rehabilitation and Income Generation Training for Syrian-Armenian Refugees

Esther is the heroine in an ancient story that could have been penned yesterday - a diasporic tale of escape and exile; of transformation weak to strong; of endurance and empowerment; of courage and compassion transcendent.

GHNI’s House of Esther, then, is aptly named and soon, upon completion of its renovation, will become a light-in-the-window refuge at the end of a desperate road for Armenian women, children and families fleeing unspeakable torture and annihilation in Syria’s civil conflict.

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.

Healing from the Trauma of Political Conflict

Death was all around them. Fathers, brothers, children, wives, grandmothers and grandfathers died in the attacks. They fled their homes and their country to escape the horrors of conflict and violence. Some now live in tents in large refugee camps in surrounding countries, fighting to get a handout of food or other necessities. A few have found a small apartment...shared with two or three other families. On top of the nightmare they left behind, Syrians who used to have homes, jobs, bank accounts, and schools to attend are subjected daily to crime of many varieties.

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