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May Clothing Drive Results

Thank you to everyone who helped and donated to our clothing and household goods drive that just wrapped up yesterday (May 31). It was a huge success, here are the totals:

12,376 pounds of soft goods/clothing turned in yesterday
1102 pounds of soft goods/clothing turned in last week
439 pounds of hard goods, books, household items

Total = 13,917 pounds!!!!

Value Village will be giving SCM just over $2700, that will be put to good use right away on our programs to help refugees in Jordan. The money will go to the Ramadan Food Drive to provide food for the refugee families. $31 buys a box of staples and a small amount of meat to feed one family for a month.

Thank you to all of our drop off locations: MAPS/MCRC in Redmond, Masjid Dar al-Arqam in Lynnwood, and Miro Tea in Ballard. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help load, drive, unload the trucks!

And thank you to Value Village for having this program that helps us raise much needed funds! They are a pleasure to work with and Bernice is always so helpful!

 

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Local Supporter Raises Funds for Malki Center School Bus!

Many of you may remember fourteen year-old Raya, who recently volunteered at our Malki Children’s Center in Amman with her mother Lena Tuffaha! She spent the day assisting our Malki team with various aspects of our program, including art and sand therapy. During her time there, she learned of the struggle many children face to get to the center once they are accepted into our program. We do have a school bus we rent monthly, however many children live outside of reach from the bus routes and simply cannot afford to dedicate money towards reaching our center through public transportation. This is especially problematic for children living in a few of the camps that are difficult to reach.

When Raya returned to Seattle, she decided to buy the children at our Malki Center a school bus! She has been working tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for this cause. So far, she has been able to reach 75% of her goal. You can learn more of her fundraising efforts here. We couldn’t be more proud of Raya! We are blown away by her dedication to SCM and the children at our Malki Center. SCM believes every child fleeing from traumatic experiences deserves the opportunity to enter a program where they can heal, regain their innocence, and begun to grow emotionally in a safe environment. We are so grateful for supporters like Raya, who believe the same!

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Malki Center’s April Updates

As you’ve all probably have noticed, it was a very busy month for our Malki Children’s Center in Amman; graduations, visiting volunteers, and preparing for a new incoming group!

We had 13 children graduate in April, with 2 children continuing their treatment and joining another group of students that attend 3 days/week.  Some children need more assistance than others. Luckily, our program is flexible enough to support the various needs of the children for as long it is needed. With the new additions, this group now has 21 children. Our Malki Team has been working hard and have screened students to replace the 1st group. 20 children have been selected to start the 2 days/week program, which will begin this week.

Dr. Mohanad Absi, our Lead Psychologist at the Malki Center, has been witnessing a reoccurring theme with the children this past month. Unfortunately, the children have been struggling with anger issues, phobias, chronic nightmares, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and sudden emotional/physical reactions when reminded of traumatic events. Many have also experienced some sort of abuse. Some children and their parents have been forwarded to a psychiatrist who has been volunteering with us to on Tuesdays for drug therapy. In addition, Dr. Absi has also been providing clinical psychological assistance to many mothers of the children. We believe that a child’s wellbeing can only be achieved with the family’s as well, and with an environment (in and out of the center) is one that promotes healing and growth.

As for visitors, we had the privilege of having Jean Bradbury from Studio Syria work at the Center. Jean has been a strong supporter of SCM’s projects, and has volunteered her time here in the states and in Amman to assist us. Be sure to check out her comment and pictures below!

“Such a wonderful morning working with the Syrian kids at the Malki Center in Amman – sponsored by the Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle. Beautiful staff and beautiful kids. Studio Syria donated art supplies and children’s books to be used for traumatized children who have fled the conflict in Syria.”

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Reflections on the March Mission

This was written by Rita’s niece, Jumana, who went with the mission and worked as translator and helper. She has also been helping with our distributions from the warehouse and other projects in Jordan for SCM.


 

SCM – March Medical Mission 2015

Using whatever you can do to help a person in need gives you a very good feeling. Talking to a kid and seeing everything through his eyes makes you realize that you should be thankful for the life that you have, the home that you live in, the food that you are eating, the family that you have. Seeing the pain through a woman’s eye because her husband has been bombed and now she is left all alone with her children and having to find a way to feed them. Seeing an old man being carried on the back of his 40-year-old son because he has a problem in his legs and he can’t see. This all brought tears to my eyes and made me feel really sorry about all that is happening to this world. It also gave me strength because I knew that I had to do something, even though I am not a doctor, but through this week I had been able to do humanitarian, and also translate with the non-Arab speaking doctors. It might sound like it is nothing, but every little simple act of kindness matters to them and helps them. I was also motivated by the courage of those doctors who crossed half of the world to volunteer and help those in need. They came knowingly the danger they are putting themselves through, knowing that they know nothing about this culture and the people, yet they decided to do it with passion and love. Getting the chance to see a doctor seeing around 150 – 170 patients a day is just amazing. It reminds you that there is still hope, love, and possibility.

Going to Zaatari Camp was probably the most touching and sad experience of all. Whatever the media shows, or stories that you hear, it won’t exactly show the bitter life that these refugees are going through. Refugees outside the camp get whatever help they can have. They are also still in need, but they find a way to live, to work, to study, and to learn, but the ones inside the camp don’t. They can’t leave the camp unless they have permission or a guardian who knows those people well. And for some reason, the government and the ones in charge of Zaatari can’t be blamed, they have to keep everything under control. They can’t wait for any medical or humanitarian team to come to get the help they need. So, if I was in any of their shoes, I’d feel prisoned. But through all of this, they managed to get their lives together. Inside the camp, you can find whatever shop you want. Groceries, markets, electric shops, barbers, wadding hall, clothes shops, restaurants, etc … .
Inside Zaatari, lots of patients touched my heart. I’ve translated with the psychiatry doctors team, and got to see old man having fear of death wherever he goes, little girl imagining demons the whole time, and another little girl having a dream about a bad witch who lived near her grandparents’s house in Syria and did bad things to them. It broke my heart hearing people living with this almost everyday. Working with the dermatologists team, I got the chance to see lots of different types of diseases, but mostly was dryness in skin because of the rough environment they are in, all dry wind and desert. The dermatologists managed to help a lot with a total of around 700 patients in two days. The medications, moisturizers, and Vaseline they had helped a lot.
On the first day in Zaatari, I had a bottle of water in my hand, also after getting hungry I had a bar of protein with the other hand. A seven-year old kid comes to me and asks to share my protein bar, she says: “miss, can you split it in half between me and you?” I smile and split it, within two seconds another little boy comes and asks to split it between the three of us. At that moment, I forgot how hungry I was, and how low the sugar was in my blood. I split it in half and gave it to both of them, they thanked me and smiled and went on their way. When we finished checking all the patients, we started sticking stickers on kids’s foreheads. Out of nowhere comes a little silent girl unlike all the excited kids, she says nothing and just shows me her hand. It was obvious that she was mentally disabled. Her hand was badly burnt. I found her younger sister who was in charge of her and took her to the dermatologists who were packing their stuff. Her name was “Taqwa”, I held her hand and stayed with her until the doctors were done with her, it was obvious that she was scared and feeling lost, but she managed to get along and feel a little secure with me, I felt really attached to her. On that day I heard about an eighteen-month girl who got burnt and her father as well. We managed to know that the burns were caused because of a candle that dropped on the carpets in their caravan, because they had no electricity for about two weeks.
On the second day in Zaatari, the first thing we did was visiting this family, giving the daughter and her father who were second degree burnt the proper medication and treatment, gave them some goods and lanterns that are solar instead of the candles that are considered really dangerous. The lanterns and other goods were handed to other families in need as well. I also got the chance to meet “Taqwa” again which made me feel really happy and made me want to jump out of the van to hug her. When she and her sister met me, they hugged me, it really made me feel happy. Also hearing all the patients thanking each one of us and asking God to return us the good that we did to them made me feel proud of all this that we did and do.

Doing medical missions or whatever little thing a person can do helps makes this world a better place, and gives the ones in need hope that people care for them, people they don’t know care for them, and if I could, I would do this over and over again.

– Jumana Sawalha

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More March 2015 Mission Photos

Most of these photos were taken at Zaatari, the largest refugee camp in the world. The Syrians are making do as best they can, but there are many, many challenges. Medical care has been cut, electricity is often out, and some sections of the camp are extremely crowded. With the warming weather comes the risk of certain diseases spreading. Please donate today to help support our medical missions. We use your donations to buy much needed medications and supplies, in addition to distributing all the humanitarian goods like the quilts and knitted goods people have been sending to us for the refugees. Just click on the button to donate and you will be taken to PayPal for a secure transaction.

Thank you!

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#SCMHelp4Syrians Medical Mission Photos Day 1

DAY 1 – Madaba

Here are photos from Day 1. The group went to Madaba where there is not only a large population of Syrian refugees, but also Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. Jordan has always welcomed refugees from its neighboring countries in times of conflict, but its resources are stretched to the limit. Medical is no longer provided to refugees, and even the UN is experiencing shortfalls in their funding, resulting in cuts to their programs to help refugees.

Click here o go to our album on Facebook and see all the photos from Day 1. A condensed photo gallery is posted below as well. Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on twitter @SalaamCM

Facebook Photo Album Day 1