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February 18, 2021

Seeds of Hope

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the refugees American FRRME supports in Jordan remain resilient. They continue to teach that through these tough times, faith, patience, fortitude, friendship, and hope for better times will overcome the fear of the unknown this pandemic brings. Though life as a refugee in Jordan continues to come with its vast share of challenges and hardships, with the need for support being great, hope is blossoming within the refugee community. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, American FRRME’s team has found ways to continue to support refugees. One such way is the Olive Tree Center in Madaba, which, despite COVID-19 restrictions, remains a place of hope and healing. Recently, this hope has presented itself in the previously undeveloped grounds of the Olive Tree Center.  Iraqi refugees, in shifts of two at a time, practicing social distancing and wearing masks and gloves, have started to create a beautiful vegetable, fruit, and flower garden on the Olive Tree […]

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February 10, 2021

Meet Sahar

Sahar (names have been changed) is a 35-year-old refugee mother of four. Originally from Qaraqosh (in Northern Iraq) Sahar and her family left Qaraqosh in the middle of the night on August 8th, 2014 when ISIS arrived. Fortunately, they safely made it to the “Ayshtaytoo” refugee camp in Erbil, the capital city of Iraq.  Two days after arriving, Sahar gave birth to her youngest son.  In Ayshtaytoo the family of 6 shared a tiny living space with another family, and […]

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January 28, 2021

January Field Notes From Helena

OLIVE TREE CENTER UPDATE Classes at the Olive Tree have resumed with strict COVID prevention precautions in place. Class size and attendance are monitored along with overall building flow and limited capacity in order to safely operate. CDC and the Jordanian Ministry of Health guidelines/laws are followed. A sign-in sheet was implemented to maintain a way to track COVID and safeguard against the spread at the center. Piano and art classes continued with an emphasis on Christmas music and decorations. […]

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January 19, 2021

The Hope

Since 2014, the height of the ISIS rampage across Iraq and Syria, villages have crumbled. Countless communities have been hollowed out, as families fled to escape the violence. These families need support. “The Hope”, a support, prayer, and English language conversation practice group, was founded at the Olive Tree Center by four remarkable Iraqi women: Riveen, Raneen, Fada, and Karmen. Members of the group range from 16-year- old to 32-years-old. It is a place to encourage, support, listen, and pray […]

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January 11, 2021

Hope and Healing

Refugee sisters Reem and Nadia (names are changed to protect them) have undergone difficult trials but their faith still remains. First, their father disappeared one night in Iraq.  He was never found and presumed killed.  Later in 2014, ISIS invaded and Reem, Nadia, and their mother were forced to flee to Erbil. There they camped out in the garden of a church for three months until they were able to move to a one room housing unit. This housing area […]

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