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YOUR August peace mail from Jordan

Dear Friends,

My name is Lydia¹, I am both a mother of three children and a volunteer working with the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) in Jordan.

I came to Jordan from Syria with my family in 2013. Syria was like paradise, but we had to flee from the crisis. Our situation here is very hard. Earlier my husband was jobless, and the salary was barely enough to let us drink and eat. But, we thank God that everyone welcomed us.

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As a volunteer I help to determine who receives the ration parcels supplied by DSPR. There is great need in Jordan, so we are constantly making difficult decisions of which families need the most support. I know, firsthand, how challenging life can be for refugees here in Jordan and how valuable these ration parcels are.

We are looking for the families that need assistance as they don’t have any means of income. They may be unwell, caring for someone at home, unemployed or a larger family with many children. So, we are making our decisions and prioritizing based on that. When I visit some of the homes, I find that there are families facing really tough conditions. Having the opportunity to meet these families means I can make informed decisions and get to know the community.

The coronavirus has also had a huge impact on society in general and on the economic situation here in Jordan.

My work involves making these challenging choices, I can’t describe my feelings as I am helping people. Some people don’t even have a piece of bread. They can’t secure a piece of bread for their children and they depend on these food parcels.

I am searching for those families who are in most need of support and adding them. I was telling my husband that when I go to sleep, I feel relieved and happy as if these parcels came to me instead, I have an indescribable feeling.

I wish we had more parcels to give as we still have a lot of families who need support. But I am grateful that the team are supportive and trust me in this work.

God bless you,

Lydia

¹Lydia’s name has been changed to protect her identity.

 
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Your support is making a difference!
$145 can provide 6 months’ worth of food rations for one refugee, ensuring they have enough to eat.

 

The Syrian conflict, now in its 10th year, is one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Since the start of the Syrian war in 2011, more than 13 million people have required humanitarian assistance. Over half of the country’s population have fled their homes, including 5.6 million refugees who are seeking safety in neighboring countries, like Jordan, and another 6.6 million who are internally displaced inside Syria.

 

Jordan has shouldered the impact of a massive influx of Syrian refugees. This places immense pressure on the country’s over-stretched resources at one of the most difficult economic periods in its history. With your ongoing support, you’re helping people like Lydia distribute urgently needed food supplies for refugee families living in Talbieh, Husn, Jerash, Souf, and Zarqa refugee camps.

 

 

Please pray:

 

• For Lydia and the team as they distribute food rations where they are needed most.

 

• For the Syrian refugee community during the challenging time of COVID-19, for their health and wellbeing.

 

• For continued support for all staff at DSPR as they work during the challenging time of COVID-19.

 

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