Relocating Iraqi refugee families is one of FRRME’s most important projects. Many of the people we help have fled the sectarian violence in Iraq and are now living in poverty in Jordan. Thanks to your generous donations, FRRME is able to give these people food, a roof over their heads, and hope for the future.
Visiting with families in their temporary homes, we see first-hand the conditions they are forced to endure. While it is better than living under the tyranny of ISIS, there is one thing to consider – most of these Iraqis are not used to this kind of life. They are educated and have worked hard to provide for their families. Many have built their own businesses and their own homes. They are engineers, doctors, lawyers and business owners who have enjoyed life with family and friends. To have all this taken away in the blink of an eye is a tragedy that takes faith and courage to overcome.
One of our first projects in Jordan involved several families living in a church – Father Khalil of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marka (a suburb of Amman) took them in after hearing they had been dropped off by the side of the road. Not knowing where to go, or what to do, these families found safety and comfort in Father Khalil’s church compound. As time went by, more families came to the church for refuge. Over time, the living space grew smaller and the time grew longer.
FRRME has relocated several families from Father Khalil’s church to a home designed for community living in another area of Jordan. This building was brand new and ready for them to move in to. FRRME’s team on the ground furnished the building, arranged the move and, as a result, Iraqi refugee families can start to rebuild their shattered lives. It is important to note that proper relocation work is sometimes slow and requires long-term resources and patience.
It has now been six months since we relocated these families (and many more) to their new homes and it has renewed their hope and strength to continue. It is a blessing to be a part of something so inspiring and it is thanks to generous donations that this vital work is able to continue.
Richard and Christy Sherrod
The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME)