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Amazon Wishlist has Been Updated

Our wishlist on Amazon has been updated. We are collecting long underwear for all ages – male and female, sewing machines for the women’s empowerment program in Jordan, and microscopes for science classes in the schools in Jordan.

With the cold weather coming, we are collecting the long underwear for the refugees that have recently resettled in Washington State. We’ve had our first cold snap and winter is well on its way, so help us get the long underwear to the refugees who will be experiencing their first winter here – in Seattle, Spokane, and the Tri Cities. Brrr…

We continue to support he women’s empowerment programs at Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan and will be including the sewing machines in the next container to go in the spring. The women are trained as seamstresses and then are given the sewing machine to continue their work and earn money to support their families.

We have had a request to help several schools in poorer areas of Jordan that need science equipment for their classrooms, including microscopes. They are not asking for anything expensive or complex, and we found an inexpensive student model that we want to get for them.

Please visit our Amazon Wish List and help us by ordering today.

Thank you!


Tukwila Center Expenses Update

The Tukwila Community Center has been up and running for almost three months now, with programs to teach Arabic grammar to the refugee children and English to the adults, life skills for getting around their new community, swimming, arts and crafts, CPR and first aid, and more.

Here are the expenses to run the center. Your donations are going towards the following:

July 2017
$1376.84 for space rent, food, teachers, supplies, cleaning and set-up

August 2017
$1800.07 for space rent, food, teachers, CPR course, swimming lessons, supplies, set-up and cleaning

September 2017 (through 9-15-2017)
$1049.38 for space rent, food, teachers, supplies, set-up and cleaning

Thank you for your continued support!

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What Life is Really Like in a Refugee Camp

Recent Greece volunteers, Rana and Iman Shanawani, were interviewed by a New York Public Radio program called The Takeaway.  Click on the photo and headline below for a link to the interview and photos from the online story.



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Volunteers Needed in Greece

SCM is continuing our work in Greece to at least the end of this year. We are really focusing on teaching and doing activities with the refugees. Activities can include arts and crafts, teaching a new skill, taekwondo, and just interacting with the residents of the camp. Many are fighting depression and are starved for something to do that is meaningful and mentally stimulating. We are in particular need of Arabic speakers, and self-starters.


Maha and Robin from Seattle in the warehouse at Karamanlis. They are doing soccer skills and Maha is translating. These are the supplies they brought with them.

If you have some skills that you would like to share, please contact our office for more information about volunteering. Also, below is a link to a story on KCTS 9, the local public television station that talks about what SCM is doing and what it’s like to volunteer.



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#SCM Jordan Update – Sept 17, 2016

I have had a chance to visit our Jordan operations the last few days and see how things are going here. I was able to help out in the warehouse and also with a distribution to a community center in the Kerak region. It was a center that helps women in poverty to give them training and skills to help lift them out of poverty. They also have a microfinance program to help women get started in a new venture to make money for their families. Thank you to Myssar Majali and Raouf Hjazeen for arranging this visit and distribution for SCM to The Ladies of Al Kasar Village and introducing us to your important work.

It was really interesting to learn about their organization and their programs, and good to be able to give the children in need there new backpacks for school. The backpacks were donated to SCM by Operation Refugee Child (www.operationrefugeechild.org). We also gave them knitted items and hygiene kits for the parents.

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It’s easy to feel deeply from 6,000 miles away

A post written by Rita a few days ago~

I was talking to my daughter this morning in the Carolinas as they were weathering tropical storm Hermine and as always we got onto the subject of Syria. We talked about the continued humanitarian aid that SCM is involved with in Greece and Jordan and she said, “As much as we take care of the fallout, the cause of the violence continues. It feels like a bottomless pit of suffering.”

It’s easy to feel deeply from 6,000 miles away. It’s harder to do something about it. Governments and people globally should beware: If we don’t do something to address the situation in Syria and save the children from their current fate, then we won’t just undermine the future of these children, but we’ll be hurting our own as well.

What’s to become of the Syrian children? The lucky ones will move to Europe or the United States, where they’ll eventually learn the local language and attend schools and universities. They’ll dream of returning home, as most refugees do, but in the interim, they will become an integral part of our societies, contributing to our economies and cultural diversity.

Unfortunately, this future is for the select few. The vast majority will remain displaced and will miss years of education — if they ever return to school. According to the United Nations, 4 million Syrian children are currently not in school. If we don’t address this harsh reality, these children could face one (or more) of three likely outcomes: they could become professional beggars; they could be abused and trafficked as child labor or sexual slaves; or they could be recruited by terrorist organizations.

Please support any NGOs and churches taking care of children and educating them while war ravages their lands. Meanwhile, we can get involved in the public discourse on refugees and argue for their fair treatment and human rights.

Laila, my daughter, talks about her friend still in Aleppo and how she is working to just barely support her entire extended family of 22 people; but how long can she do that? How long will her job there be viable in the midst of such an insane war? We talk about how to get her out, which might not even be possible at this point, but then if we could get her out, would she be able to get a job – could she get a job to support herself and to send money back to the family that is still there? How do the Syrians make these kind of decisions, how do they leave their families behind, knowing they might never see them again?

Where is there a light at the end of this tunnel? We need to do more. More work with our governments to stop this war and the fighting. We especially need to invest in creating opportunities for the children. We, the people of the world, need to open our eyes and not only when we see a picture of a little “Omran” that makes us cry. We need to continue to ask, ‘How can this keep happening?’ and not just go back to our lives after a week goes by, until the next picture gets noticed. We need to pressure our governments to do something to Stop This War. We need to give the Syrian people a light at the end of their tunnel, so they can see where they will be going and what they will be doing and that they will be able to go back to their homeland, not just interminably stay in flex, living in temporary camps in Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey.

Most importantly, international governments and the people who elect their governments need to understand that if we remain complacent, the effects of the conflict on Syrian children will haunt us for years to come.


Please consider donating to help SCM in our work in Greece and Jordan and our education programs to help keep the Syrian children from being left behind in this world. Education will help keep them safer from the dangers of terrorist group recruitment, allow them to go back to Syria someday when the war has ended and be a part of the rebuilding, and keep their futures full of possibilities and opportunities that would be lost if they are not able to continue with their education. Thank you for your continued support!