Ways We are Bringing Help and Hope to Refugees
Due to the vast array of needs in the refugee communities in Jordan, we have many opportunities to share God's love in tangible ways. We invite you to pray and partner with us in bringing hope to refugees living a life in-between.
We have partnered with 3 local supermarkets in our area where we provide refugee families with a coupon that provides nearly $30 worth of food for the recipients. This coupons will provide food for a family for, on average, 2 weeks. This may not seem like much, but for a refugee family it is a huge blessing. We use these coupons for specific situation throughout the month and every few months, as God provides, we have a larger distribution to help many families in need.
Each month we distribute hundreds of diapers to refugee families that have children under the age of 3. This is a large expense for families, especially when they have multiple children. As we provide diapers for these families it helps them to be able to use other money they have for food and shelter. We also help a good number of families each month that have adults with special needs. Any family in this situation we regularly provide them with adult diapers.
Almost every day a refugee family comes to the Community Center to ask for some type of medical assistance for a family member in need. The needs range from cancer, labor and delivery of newborns, surgery and some simply need help to pray for their prescription medications for high blood pressure or diabetes. Because many cannot afford simple prescription medications their medical conditions get much worse. Typically children are ones who suffer the most because the lack of funding for medical care. Each week we offer an eye clinic at the Community Center and on occasion we have medical and dental clinics as well.
Warmth for Winter
The winter months in Jordan are very damp and cold. Most homes are made out of concrete. The temperature inside their homes is not much different than outside the homes. Many adults and children remain sick throughout the winter months because of the lack of warmth. Each winter we provide blankets to refugee families to help keep them warm during the night. As God provides we are also able to help some families with gas heaters and gas bottles to keep one of the rooms warmer while the family sleeps at night.
Monthly Sponsorship Program
Because the majority of refugees are not able to work we have started a monthly sponsorship program to help some of the families that we know that are in the greatest need. This also allows a sponsor to be able to pray for and support a specific refugee family that is in need. The sponsors receive a picture of the family and biographic information about their situation. Each quarter an update is sent to the sponsor regarding the current situation of the refugee family. Our team regularly spends time with these families to help them not just with basic needs, but with every day life issues they face within their family and community.
Throughout the year, as teachers are available, we offer English classes to refugees. In some cases, we go to their homes to have weekly lessons with a whole family desiring to learn English. Most refugees that immigrate will go to a country where English is the primary language. If they arrive to their new country with the ability to speak and understand English it allows them to acclimate more quickly and opens up so many more opportunities for employment. If you would like to come to Jordan to teach English to refugees, please contact us. The longer period of time that you stay, the more effective you can be in helping them learn English.
Every few months we offer courses for refugee women at our Community Center. They will come on a weekly basis to have lessons on basic subjects to help them during their time of waiting in Jordan and preparation for the future. Specific subjects might include: how they can help provide income for their families while living at home, how to budget the limited income they receive, what programs and benefits are available to them in Jordan, how to interact with others in their community, how to write a resume, learn what their giftings are and how they can use that effectively to help themselves and others, and much more.