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September 16, 2020

Children In The Middle East Don’t Have Access To Remote Learning

The past few months have been filled with debate over the reopening of schools and universities. Many schools are adopting a hybrid approach of part-time classes and remote learning and some are entirely remote due to COVID-19. Due to these circumstances, education is not available to all children. Not all families can afford to have a computer, internet access, or a stable home environment to ensure their children are all able to do their schoolwork. These challenges are especially common for refugee families in the Middle East,  particularly those in Iraq, Jordan, or Syria. Recent studies have shown that close to half a billion children around the world lack access to education because they lack the proper equipment to study from home. Of that total, an estimated 37 million children in the Middle East and North Africa do not have access to equipment for remote learning. In these places, education has often already been interrupted due to war or displacement. […]

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September 3, 2020

Updates From Helena Scott at The Olive Tree Center

Updates From Helena Scott at The Olive Tree Center Summer 2020 Online support & learning/development platforms  American FRRME continues to provide resume assistance, revision, and immigration assistance to refugees via email and phone. Garden Project  This “garden of hope” was created at the Olive Tree Center by refugees, for refugees. Throughout June this Garden was maintained, further cultivated, and really prospered: cucumbers, corn, beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, and tomatoes are now abundant. This garden provides the community with a sense of […]

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September 1, 2020

No COVID-19 Cases In Camp Rukban.

Ten miles away from an American military base in Syria is Camp Rukban. Here 8,000 refugees are starving and isolated from the outside world.  The only good news amidst this horrible situation is the zero cases of COVID- 19 in the camp. Camp Rukban used to be home to over 30,000 people, who fled there from all parts of Syria. Thousands of refugees have since returned to their wartorn homes –where they face detention, torture, or execution. Surviving off of […]

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August 3, 2020

We Mourn The Passing Of Executive Director Brigadier General David E Greer.

  With great sadness, we announce the passing of our Executive Director, Brigadier General David E. Greer. General Greer passed away on Thursday, July 30th, 2020. He was 69 years old. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, General Greer graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1972 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery Corps. After active duty with the Second Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas, he transitioned to the United States Army Reserve, then […]

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