On March 15th, Demetri and I traveled to Amman, Jordan to spend eight days volunteering with Syrian refugees displaced by the civil war. We lived in Damascus from 2009 through 2010. While there, we got to know a country filled with history, traditions and so many kind people. Watching the war take place over the last two years has been heartbreaking. Thousands of Syrians are leaving the country each day and taking refuge in Jordan and other surrounding countries.
We volunteered with a local church in Mafraq, Jordan with the help of Mercy Corps Int. (http://www.mercycorps.org/countries/jordan), a U.S.-based charity, and helped distribute critical need items in Mafraq to families displaced by the war.
We brought in friends and family and together raised close to $10,000 to buy items like powdered milk, diapers and sanitary napkins, second-hand clothing, and art supplies for children. With the help of local volunteers, we purchased items in bulk and distributed them and other supplies directly to people in need.
This blog is about our experience there and our thoughts on the current situation in Syria and surrounding countries affected by the war. Since leaving Jordan, we’ve continued our efforts, creating awareness and raising money. If interested, please also visit our fundraising site: http://www.mercycorps.org/people/catherine-ashcroft/refugees-jordan