Category Archives: Refugee

Comfort for a scared child

Refugee children have seen things and experienced the type of fear that will give any parent nightmares.

Giving them something as simple as a knitted doll can provide a world of comfort and security. A soft anchor in a terrifying world.

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Thank you to every one of our volunteers who gave their time and a piece of their heart by knitting teddies for the refugee children in Iraq.

If you would like to follow there example, here is a step by step guide to knit your own teddies.

And if you’re not a knitter, you can still bring comfort to the children by donating toward the cost of distributing the teddies.

Refugees in Iraq

Distributing electric heaters in Iraq to refugees

Distributing electric heaters in Iraq

We are distributing blankets and Electric heaters to destitute people living in open –  half-completed buildings in Iraq. Many people in South Africa also knitted teddies and the children appreciate them!

 

Refugee camps and IDP Camps in Iraq

100_4126 100_4233Global relief did it again! In December we revisited camps in Iraq. A previous visit was so overwhelming – hearing people’s experiences who lost everything. They lost their families, business, possessions, even their documents and sadly even hope. They cannot return to their homes, even if by a miracle, peace should arrive

They cannot return to their homes, even if by a miracle, peace should arrive today. The enemy even planted bombs in the cities they captured. We then bought and distributed blankets and food parcels. I noticed the traumatized children showed little emotion, even when receiving gifts. We taught them to skip “African Style” in rows!

I noticed the traumatized children showed little emotion, even when receiving gifts. We taught them to skip “African Style” in rows!

December 2014 visit: How do you respond to 1,8 Milion people in camps – refugees from Syria, displaced people from Mosul and other Iraq areas? We saw thousands of people in white tents. The camps are very well

We saw thousands of people in white tents. The camps are very well organized, clean, with an education system with school classes, even daily refuge removal.

This time we build a jungle gym playground and took material for making finger puppets and to do kite flying. Hopefully, it will help in their healing.

We should not complain about our petty challenges – they wish for an opportunity to uplift themselves – what will you do to help?

Playground Project

Selecting poles for new Global Relief jungle gym playground in Iraq

Selecting poles for new Global Relief jungle gym playground in Iraq

Global Relief Dec 2014  playground build

Global Relief Dec 2014 playground build

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Wet, wet !

Wet, wet !

swings in progress

swings in progress

We are building jungle gyms, swings, see-saws for children in IDP camps in Middle East. We have done it before in other war zones and seen great joy in traumatized children. Please

30 degrees colder than our tropical weather !

30 degrees colder than our tropical weather !

support the project !

Playtime !

Playtime in Middle East

Climb and slide !

Previous Middle East Climb and slide !

Tent Project in Irak

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Yesterday I saw families here staying in uncompleted buildings – open on sides and winter approaching! A challenge to donate towards one tent (R 6 000.00)!

If the neighboring people can do it, we can also – your community, friends….

ONE TENT ONE FAMILY CAMPAIGN

Letter from neighboring country:

Dear brothers and sisters,

We are continuing to serve the Yazidi refugees in the South East provinces with all of our strength. But it’s impossible for a few people or churches to deal with these enormous needs alone. So we have started this campaign to involve more of our brothers and sisters in the task ahead. We need your help.

We want to ask each congregation in Turkey to buy one tent. The cost for these tests is R6000 (including transportation).

If your congregation can accept this cost I am sure you will have met a great need. We will send you a photograph of the family that moves into the tent you purchased so that you can support the family in prayer.