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Oasis of Resilience

Below is an excerpt from a post written by one of our mission participants. She is a landscape architecture design student at the University of Washington and wrote her master’s thesis on providing a safe and nurturing physical environment for the children of Zaatari Camp in Jordan. Please click the link at the bottom to read the complete post, which a summary of the project, with links to further information about the project.

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Healing and Empowering Syrian Children in the Za’atari Refugee Camp

In the midst of refugee camps and suffering from difficult journeys necessitated by war, Syrian children suffer from traumas, uncertainty and unhealthy environments for their growth. Early adversarial exposures can change the development of the brain and can lead to subsequent psychological problems that make it harder for children to effectively immerse themselves in the education process as they grow. A close look at most refugee camps around the world reveals constraints in physical environments that impose and limit the natural development of children.

This post is a summary of a thesis project titled “Oasis of Resilience.” This thesis examined the Al-Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan, which is home to more than 100,000 Syrian refugees, and proposed a design to better the environment for children in general.
Within this camp, children constitute over half of the population, yet there are few designated places to escape the camp’s stressful life and to provide safety. Safety and respite from harsh conditions are essential to childhood development. However, in order to support children to overcome their trauma and empower them to move forward, design thinking should be integrated to enrich the few opportunities they have.

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Humanitarian Aid Distribution in Jordan

Last week we received a request for assistance from another organization in Jordan that is helping refugees, and we are only to happy to help them out. The organization is called El Mafraq Organization for Charities and sent the following letter to our office in Amman. We had them go to our warehouse to pick of the items they needed.


Mr. Basel Sawalha
Regional Manager of SCM
After what we heard and witnessed of your organization we hereby request a helping hand to our organization that sponsors many Jordanian families, widowers, orphans, seniors and Syrian refugees.
There are about 800 Jordanian families and 500 Syrian families that need help.
We would appreciate and hope for any help you can provide us.


El Mafraq picking up supplies for the Syrian refugees and Jordanians in need.



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The Return Home… Reflections of a November Mission Team Member

Here is another reflection piece by one of our November mission team members, Nushin Alloo. Thank you Nushin for sharing!


Returning from Jordan has been a difficult experience. Trying to make sense of the sights, sounds, smells, voices, stories…all of it has blurred together in a surreal experience. How does one adjust back to the “real world” after such a journey?  Unlike the many medical professionals I served with, I have come back to a corporate job where, let’s be honest, I don’t necessarily change anyone’s life for the better on a day to day basis…minus a few corporate shareholders.

So many faces and stories touched our lives, not only of the displaced refugees we met, but of those incredible people that volunteered their time, money, and spirits to help strangers in need in a far off land. For the first time in months, a part of my faith in humanity was restored – seeing such integrity, selflessness, and desire to make a difference. There is “good” left in this world – that is what I discovered on this latest journey to the border towns Jordan. Amidst the bloodshed, pointless wars, sectarian violence, disregard for humanity…there is still some goodness. Kind acts of charity may not make headlines, but they do exist and continue to touch people’s lives.

What motivates volunteers to leave their comfort zones and venture abroad to help those in dire need? Often, it’s some type of calling. Several members of the volunteer delegation recounted stories of a vision, a dream… some type of cosmic pull from the universe outlining their path to the Syrian refugees in Jordan.

One may wonder – how much benefit can a one week medical mission have? Those children and adults that no longer have aching cavities or infectious illnesses that are quite satisfied, I’m certain. Hundreds of patients treated in one week – many who would not afford medical care or would have waited many months receive treatment. Yet beyond that, it seemed that we brought with our foreign accents and sometimes strange mannerisms a sense of hope to those who feel they may be forgotten…a  newness in the prison-like camps where time stands still waiting for a war to end.

And while the discussions between doctors and refugee Syrian patients focused largely around illnesses, each patient had a story they told with their eyes, their mannerisms, their clothing. Riches to rags. Peace to War. Cleanliness to muddy, sandy desert life. Life to death. Hopeful to depressed. Single to married. Married to widowed. Citizen to refugee.



End of year giving- consider feeding a family for a month

This is just a reminder what your $31 contribution to SCM can buy for a family for a month:

  • Rice – 5kg
  • Sugar – 5 kg
  • Vermicelli – 4 packages
  • Macaroni – 4 packages
  • Vegetable oil 1.8 L
  • Cheese wedges – 48 pieces
  • Cheddar Cheese 400 gram
  • Tomato Paste 1 can
  • Crushed lentil – 1kg
  • Beans/foul – 2 cans
  • Tea bags – 100
  • Chicken (whole, frozen) 2 birds

The World Food Program is still trying to collect enough money to make up for the pledges they didn’t get, which resulted in a cessation of their food voucher program. They have collected enough money to continue through the middle of January, but more is needed. Please donate today – the need is dire. Thank you!

SCM's Ramadan Food Drive - food items have arrived in Jordan

SCM’s Food Drive in Jordan for the Syrian refugees

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2 Sponsorships Available for Dermatologists on our March Mission!

Last March we had a couple of dermatologists, Dr. Grace Banbow and Dr. Samer Jaber, who went on the mission, and after they returned home, they wrote an article that ended up being published in the Washington Post. One very important point they made was that one of the most useful items a volunteering dermatologist could bring with them on the mission is Vaseline. It has so many uses, and they had wished they had more of on the mission they volunteered on. So they recommended that all dermatologists be sure to bring some with them on future missions. Please be sure to click the link to article and read about their experience on the mission.

Vaseline saw this article, and ended up contacting us to offer to sponsor a total of 4 dermatologists on our March 2015 mission to Jordan. We have 2 spots left and are now accepting applications. Te sponsorship includes airfare, hotel for the mission, and the mission fee. Vaseline is also going to be sending more of their product to be used and distributed during the mission!

This is a wonderful opportunity, and we are very grateful to Vaseline, and we want to make the most of it. Please share this with any dermatology friends or colleagues. If they are interested in applying, please have them contact us for the registration forms. We will need the application, a cover letter, and their CV to make our selections, and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2015.

Photo courtesy of Samer Jaber.

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Reflections from the November Mission

This was submitted by Micael Pinheiro, a young volunteer originally from Portugal, now living in Switzerland. Thank you for sharing Micael! 

Title: Objectives, not dreams

What I believe in?

I believe in people. I believe that an ambitious idea (like stopping world hunger) is only a cliché if people look at it like that. If the world is not a better place it’s because some people make it like that, and others allow it. Only we can truly change that. And if you think you are too insignificant/small to make a change, consider the following words of Mr. Dalai Lama XIV: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

I didn’t go to Jordan in order to end poverty, as I am well aware that such objective is not achievable in one week and by a small team. I went in order to have an opinion based on reality. I was so tired of sitting comfortable on my classroom desk, speaking of humanitarian crisis like I knew exactly what I was talking about.

We all watch the suffering of these people daily on TV; but the fictional nature of this news’ source doesn’t do any justice to the real counterpart.

Happiness, sadness, joy, and anger; all these feelings combined are the recipe of what I felt everyday while playing with Syrian young refugees, while witnessing all the suffering around me. I felt more than sympathy for them. Some part of me is present on them. My father being an ex-refugee and me changing countries because I had too.

Difference is my father now has a family, a new home, a job, and I moved from a country to another by choice, and I can come back whenever I want. Actually, there is no comparison here only that for the children it’s a worst case scenario of my life.

I have to confess that during my activities with the children I totally forgot where I was and with who. We were so happy just playing around, laughing, just like a normal kindergarten, like nothing was wrong. But even though they were smiling, their eyes were filled with sadness. All they wanted was someone to play with, someone who knows their name and where they are from. “I want my name written on my face, along with the Syrian flag”, they all requested to me, stating that they are individuals and have a homeland.

And what homeland is that? A place turned into rubble by the greedy, selfish and terror hand of its president and opposition fighters. Both responsible for the destruction of hope for our brothers from another border. Are we powerless to do anything about it? Of course, if you stand by and watch.

So, what did I learn with the whole thing? What lessons can I take from a trip that I still can’t put into words? The less people have, the more they give. And when people have absolutely nothing, even the smallest gesture can literally save their lives by giving hope and strength to continue. The more people’s happiness is attached to material goods, the less humanity they have. Happiness must be found in each other, so that if there is sadness on us, it is because our next neighbor is not ok.

I’m a simple 22 year old kid working as a barman in Switzerland who came to their aid. Now imagine what others can do. Our team was of 20 something good willing people with different backgrounds and the same intention. And we can be 50, 100, or 1000. Helping does not cost, nor is impossible. Start by turning dreams into objectives.

Micael and the boys

Micael and the boys