Small Projects to Meet Great Needs

Refugee Families in Jordan

The numbers of Syrian families who are in Jordan at the moment are huge, and their situation is sad and heart breaking. They have been waiting and waiting, and nothing is changing. They are lost in the middle. Even large NGOs are unable to cover their huge number.

We are still continuing our program of help to the Syrian refugees by providing food parcels, clothes, and other basic needs, depending on the season. In the beginning of the year, Jordan faced a strong snow storm for almost a week. It was freezing cold, and these families were not prepared for such snowy days. It was horrible. In those days of coldness, we had distributed heaters and other needed things, and reached out to more than 20 Syrian families. Also, besides handing them what they needed, we brainstormed ideas for expanding their way of thinking with ideas to provide for their families while they are here.

Here is a story of one of the many families we meet and reach out to:

We have two Syrians families living together in the same house. This way, they cut some of the expenses with each family paying only 50% of the rent. Many families do the same thing. It may not be as private as they want, but it is surely convenient for their situation.

However, one man could not handle paying rent every month, so he and his family left the house and moved to the camp. The family who remained in the house has five kids. The two eldest boys are sometimes working at the traffic light, selling gum and candies, in order to bring home one or two JD (about $1.40 or $2.80) to help the family at the end of the day. They are 6 and 7 years old - still very young, still kids.

This family has a girl with growing problem in the bones. Her parents took her to the hospital, and the doctor gave a prescription for medicine. They just gave her two out of four medicines, so they had to buy the rest. The family wasn’t able to afford to buy it for her, so we as thankful GHNI is able to help them get the treatment for the daughter to continue her medical treatment.

There is no good care in the hospitals of Mafraq. The hospitals make it hard for pregnant ladies, who must pay to get in, no matter what the situation. Not all of them have money. In the case they need a caesarean delivery, it means that they will need to wait.

Here’s an update on some of our current Transformational Community Development (TCD) projects:

"Bread for All" was basically distributing bread to Syrian families in *Batamu Village. It was for just one month to see how it would go and what can we do for the coming days. Bread is a very basic item that so many families can’t afford to have.

Art Sales - We have discovered that Abu Nafit’s wife, whose family we have a very good relationship with, has a beautiful sketching talent, hidden under all the situations and circumstances. Jamal & Rami have sold some of her sketches in the United States, and we want to continue this arrangement with her. It didn’t just provide money, but also brought so much joy to this lady’s precious heart.

The Pickles Project - Fathi started to teach three men. GHNI loaned them funds to buy all the raw materials they needed for 150 kilos (about 330 lbs). Out of the first round of sales, each man got 70 JD (about $100). Now they are working on 210 kilos (about 460 lbs) for the second round of production.

We are happy for these projects, which started in the beginning of the year. The plan is to continue and expand these projects.

Rami

GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader, Jordan

*For purposes of security, “Batamu Village” is a pseudonym for the village being helped by this project.