Wael, 11, and his family abandoned their home in Damascus and came to settle in Jordan four years ago. After missing a school year because of the war, Wael started taking Caritas remedial classes and is now attending a transitional school. He is already planning his future: “I want to be a pilot so I can see the clouds.” Wael is one of 7,750 children benefiting from the Education and Protection Program for Syrian refugees managed by Caritas Jordan in partnership with Development and Peace.
“It is impossible to find work because of the war, so we have no income. We depend on charity. Caritas gives us a food basket. They treat us with great dignity. However, it is getting difficult: all these organizations are running out of resources because there are too many people to help.“
Development and Peace’s most important partner in Syria, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), reaches thousands of people despite the extremely hazardous circumstances. JRS provides housing assistance, educational activities for children, medicines for chronic diseases, access to hospitals, care kits for babies, sets of household items containing clothing, bedding, kitchen utensils and hygiene kits. While the services themselves are essential, it is the way they are provided that makes a difference. “We are not doing charity, we are walking alongside the people,” says Father Nawras Sammour, Director of JRS in Syria.
The hundreds of staff and volunteers are all Syrians who are helping their fellow citizens — a promising sign on the road to peace.
On the occasion of the approaching holiday season, I encourage you to respond generously to the appeal of Pope Francis and join the thousands of us who dream of a world of justice and peace!
Right at this very moment, lives are in danger and human dignity is threatened. You can restore hope to families that are in such precarious situations by joining our campaign for peace.