Jordan/Syria Refugees

Jan 30, 2018 by Beth De Graff

World Renew and One Day's Wages Raise $100,000 for Syria Refugees

“We at One Day’s Wages are overwhelmed with sadness by the suffering in Syria and Iraq and the surrounding region,” says founder Eugene Cho. “We know it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale and severity of this, but we also know that people are capable of making an amazing impact in the face of human suffering.”

Dec 12, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Hope for Refugees after Giving Tuesday

On November 28, World Renew celebrated Giving Tuesday and asked you to help families forced to flee their homes because of conflict. In the Middle East, over eleven million Syrians have been displaced from their communities because of civil war that has raged for over six years. In Myanmar, a recent outbreak of violence against the Rohingya people has forced over 625,000 people to flee into Bangladesh since the end of August.

Nov 21, 2017 by Cameron Klapwyk

Strength, Beauty, and Hope in a Time of War: A Syrian Family’s Journey to Drayton, Ontario

Amal and Mohammad, Loay’s parents, celebrated his birth in early 2013, when the war in Syria was growing more violent by the day. In this Syrian family’s hometown, bombings were becoming a regular occurrence and many families were forced to flee for their safety. Shortly after Loay’s birth, Amal and Mohammed took their firstborn son and fled the only home they had ever known. They hoped to come back someday. Loay’s name, meaning small but strong, was a symbol of their resilience and determination to carry on until their return to Syria. Resettlement to a third country such as Canada was an option that rarely crossed their minds.

Jul 18, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Churches Help Syrian Refugees

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). It’s a story as old as Christianity. The church in the Middle East is a rock that will not be shaken. Since the first days of the church, Christians in the Middle East have been committed to loving and helping their neighbors. This continues today. From the outset of the civil war in Syria churches across the Middle East have stood alongside vulnerable families...

Dec 17, 2015 by Sara Mahmood

Our Calling is Compassion

What can one person do? Quite a lot in fact, according to World Renew refugee coordinator Rebecca Walker.  At World Renew, staff have been tirelessly working to support humanitarian efforts abroad and resettlement efforts at home for Syrian and other global refugees.

Feb 5, 2015

Bringing Warmth to Syrian Refugees during Lebanon’s Hard Winter

(SYRIA) Fadia opens the door with a welcoming smile and immediately gestures to the new items that stand out in the tiny one-room home: a pile of six blankets that will help to keep this Syrian refugee family warm during the cold and sometimes stormy winter, and a stack of sleeping mats to protect the family from the coldness of the hard floor that they sleep on.

Jul 15, 2014

Food Assistance Projects Extended in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria

(SYRIA, JORDAN, LEBANON) What happens when you seek refuge in a place that is itself overwhelmed and in need of help? This is the situation facing the Syrian refugee families who are pouring across borders into neighboring countries including Jordan and Lebanon, to escape the civil war in their home country.

Jun 11, 2014 by Wayne de Jong

Father's Day

As a father, there are so many things in this world that distress me, but which I cannot fully relate to or completely understand. Even though I have been unemployed, I cannot relate to not being able to provide for my family. Even though I have moved my family frequently, I do not know what its feel like to be homeless. Even though I have lived with my family in two African countries, I have not feared for their lives. I receive news of disasters around the world all day, every day, and as much as I try to put myself in the shoes of disaster victims, I still cannot help but take my own blessings for granted. That pains me.

Jan 21, 2014 by Vanessa Mathews Hanna

Showing Love in a Time of War

Inspired by the Arab Spring that was sweeping across the Middle East in late 2010, many Syrian civilians took to the streets to protest, demanding the resignation of their President. By April 2011, the Syrian military responded with force and Syrian soldiers began firing on protesters across the country in an attempt to stamp out the uprising. Within a few months the protests turned into an increasingly organized armed rebellion. Full-on civil war ensued. Both the rebels and the military are accused of committing horrendous atrocities, with the Syrian people caught in the middle as victims.

Oct 29, 2013 by Vanessa Mathews Hanna

Meeting the Needs of Refugees in Jordan

Life for refugees is more difficult than you or I can even imagine. There are 600,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, and for those living outside of the Zaatari refugee camp life is especially challenging. Zaatari is now the second largest refugee camp in the world, with a population of about 150,000 people. It provides a unified place where refugees can live, be registered, and receive assistance from aid organizations. Unfortunately, the camp is also overcrowded and poses threats to the health, sanitation, and security of all who live there. For some, the risks are too great. They fear rape and violence in the camp at night. Their children may require medical attention that is not available in the camp. The poor sanitary conditions are dangerous for elderly and frail family members.