Bringing Relief to Refugees
Iraqi refugees have been living in Jordan since the First Gulf War, but in recent days there have been a large influx of Syrian refugees because of the civil war taking place in their country. It is estimated that 80,000 men, women and children have been killed in Syria since the start of the war. Around 1 million Syrians have fled the country and around 500,000 of them are now living Jordan. This number will most likely more than double by the end of the year.
The Syrian refugees are 99% Muslim. Many have fled because of fear for their lives, the death of family members, physical and sexual abuse, and for the safety and well-being of their children. For the most part, when they depart their homeland, they leave everything behind. They arrive to Jordan with just a few clothes and very little money that quickly disappears as they try to get settled. Many of the refugees will live in tents before they can find or afford more adequate housing. Many of them can't afford food for their families, much less being able to purchase items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers for children, feminine products and other basic needs.
Abir is part of a large Syrian family living near the GPPD Community Center in Jordan. They were one of the first Syrian families to move into the neighborhood. Originally there were 21 people living in one apartment! (Now they have two apartments.) They were the very first family to receive a refrigerator from Global Partners, “Refrigerators for Refugees” program. With a refrigerator they can now store food and milk and not have to go to the grocery store market each time they have a meal. Can you imagine sharing your refrigerator with 21 people?
Our GPPD Associates have been sharing and showing God's love to refugees for over a decade and with generous Christ filled hearts have embraced many opportunities to show these new Syrian refugees love.
We know we can't meet all of their needs but we know the one that can. We are sharing with them about God's great love for them and how He can impact every area of their life.
To learn more ways you can help Syrian and other refugees living in Jordan visit HERE.