Playing the Drums

Refugees in Jordan


Families Adopting Families 


*Azim and his wife are from Mosul, Iraq. They have two boys, ages thriteen and nine years old. He left his village with the rest of the Iraqis because of the invasion of a militant group. He and his family headed to Kurdistan.

They moved to Jordan in 2017--to the unknown. They had no money and ife was difficult in Jordan for them. They knew no one. It was difficult and expensive for them. Azim’s 13-year-old son liked the drums and wanted to learn how to play them so badly. One church here in Amman was able to help him learn the basics.  It was an encouragement, yet the father couldn’t afford to buy him drums. Therefore, he built one from the buckets and the water bottles he had. That is at the heart of our Transformational Community Development (TCD) concept, actually. The father did a good job. Later, somebody heard and was compelled to help him buy a drum!


In our recent visit to the family, the 9-year-old son shared his desire to learn piano, and our team was able to cover part of the cost of a keyboard. 


This might sound to some not important, not a priority, but for these boys who don’t have much, it matters. They are filled with joy.


Syrian Refugees


*Houmam is from Humus, Syria. He is married and has three children. Houmam and his family owned a shop in Syria and his work was profitable. His family enjoyed good living conditions. 


One day, he went out to buy some groceries for his family. He was arrested and was put into prison for three years. His wife had to sell the shop in order to provide the requested money for the release of her husband from the prison. When Houmam was arrested, his youngest son was a week old. When he got out, his son was three years old. 


After all this, Houmam decided to leave Syria and go to Jordan. Many were crossing the border to enter Jordan. It was a difficult situation crossing through the hot, dry desert. They spent 30 days in the desert under the heat with no water. Some adults died of thirst. Several infants and babies died, too, because of the heat. His youngest son was traumatised because of all the violent scenes of blood, death, and killing that he had to see. Finally entering Jordan, the GHNI team met with Houmam and his family. His child is still struggling but his parents are trying to help him through art therapy. 


This winter was a cruel winter for his family, because of the heavy rain, their flat flooded, so GHNI helped by providing new mattresses and blankets. 


Yemeni Refugees in Jordan


A mother from Somalia had to leave and go to Yemen. In Yemen, she met her husband and they got married. They have four girls since she settled in Yemen. 


One day during the war, her husband went out to buy some groceries and never came back.  She knew nothing about him for days, then weeks. She kept waiting and hoping, yet nothing. Then she lost hope. She knew she had to move on and get over this, as she was taking care of her aged father-in-law.  He was disabled because of a stroke. He is 90 years old and in need of special care. 


This woman is left on her own to raise four young girls, and take care of her mother and her father-in-law in a foreign country. They have been in Jordan for two years, and she is unable to work. Therefore, she can't afford living in a flat on her own, so she is sharing a small flat with two other families. Each family lives in one room in order to share the rent cost together.


GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Azim” and “Houmam” are pseudonyms for individuals being helped by this project.