YOUR August peace mail from Jordan
My name is Fares and I am the Executive Director of DSPR Jordan (Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees).
I have been working here since 2003 and most recently, I have been working with Syrian refugees.
Ben Littlejohn/Act for Peace
When you work with refugees, you feel their sufferings and you become anxious to help them any way you can. Many fled Syria because of the war which started in 2011. There was a lot of danger – the bombing, the shooting; so they had to leave their houses and homes to go to Jordan.
We help the refugees in a number of ways including training workshops, support groups and healthcare. Also, many people don’t have the money to buy food. It’s their basic need, so we are there to support them.
In March, our country went into lockdown because of COVID-19. As lockdown eases, things are not quite as normal as they were before the COVID-19 closure but we are seeing life slowly getting back to the routine that we know.
Despite all the anxiety, fear for our loved ones with the coronavirus and the uncertainty of where things were heading at the time, we now can look back and thank God that things have passed – even if only partially.
During this time of lockdown we have learned a lot. With the little space that we could travel within, we learned that there are situations where we can still care and provide for others.
There are local Jordanians and refugees that volunteer with us. They grabbed every opportunity to help even when the situation seemed dark. In the midst of uncertainty, they have left their homes and baked for the more vulnerable, they worked as hard as they could to collect veggies to give to the less fortunate. They have even worked tirelessly to produce masks in the communities where we serve.
We appreciate your support and solidarity. We felt your prayers and support during this difficult time. Our journey to help the poor and vulnerable is still not over.
We thank you for what you have helped with so far and continue to ask you for your prayers and support. We anticipate more poverty especially among those who were already vulnerable. We will continue to distribute vouchers for food and hygiene kits. As 1 Corinthians remind us: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Cor 13:13).
Thank you for helping us keep the faith, instilling hope in us and most of all, for your love!
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Since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, more than six million people have been displaced internally with a further 5.6 million being forced to flee their homes to neighbouring countries, including Jordan. The conflict in Syria has become one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.
With your support, Act for Peace’s local partner, the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees – Jordan (DSPR), provides food ration packs to the most vulnerable families, as well as urgent medical referrals, training workshops and psychosocial support.
• For Syrian families who have travelled far from their homes, leaving almost everything behind.
• For the staff at DSPR as they minister to the many refugees in Jordan, particularly during this time of COVID-19.
• For the work of DSPR and Act for Peace in Jordan where they are addressing both immediate health and sanitation needs and the life-threatening secondary impacts of the pandemic.
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