Lebanon Back to School

Back to School

What Would Your Children Do IF THEY WERE NOT IN SCHOOL?

Whether it be due to poverty, war, or displacement, thousands of children in Jordan, Kenya, & Lebanon are unable to attend to school. What most people don’t realize is that when children are deprived of education, oftentimes they are forced into child labor or child marriage. The UN says 180,000 refugee children living in Lebanon are forgoing an education to work long hours for as little as $2/day.

Many children in the refugee camps lack even the most basic school supplies. Parents, having limited funds, are faced with a predicament- putting food on the table or supplying pencils to write with. Hunger, almost always, takes precedence.

UMR’s annual Back to School Campaign aims to reduce the chances that children are left out of schools.

How You Can Help

When the opportunity of education is taken away, usually the chance of a successful future disappears along with it. It is time that we start recognizing education as a right, not a privilege.

With your generous donations, UMR provides children in Jordan, Kenya, & Lebanon with a backpack filled with school supplies such as pencils, crayons, rulers, and erasers.

Give a child a chance to hope, learn, and dream. One backpack can bring a child closer to achieving their goals, regardless of where life has taken them.

Don’t let another child get left behind.


Syrian Refugee Medical Missions (Jordan)

Working with our field office in Jordan we have sent a number of medical shipments to assist Syrian refugees. As well as sending medicine to tackle chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, we supply essential medical supplies including syringes, aluminum canes, crutches, hip arthroscopy kits, oxygen masks and surgical packs.

In coordination with our partners, UMR also conducts cataract surgeries in Jordan. Each mission involves highly qualified and experienced doctors from the US who worked with their counterparts at Shami Eye Center, Amman and conduct surgeries.The Save Syria Medical Mission, implemented in conjunction with IMANA, is an ongoing project that brings volunteer doctors to provide low-cost primary and acute care to refugees of all nationalities that reside in Jordan.Services are provided in the Zarqa and Mafraq governates of Jordan. In 2018, UMR and IMANA provided health consultancies and primary health services to 6,500 patients primarily from Syrian and Palestinian refugee backgrounds.

Income Generating Farming (Jordan)

UMR – Jordan implemented a project of breeding goats and poultry in the Al-Sahab area, the location was very suitable as the land there is fertile for animal breed. 10 targeted poor families benefited from a herd of 60 female goats and 2 male goats along with 100 poultry with 10 Roosters. Each family got 6 female goats, 10 poultry and 1 Rooster. The project has contributed to improving the monthly income of the poorest families from both Syrian Refugees and host Communities.

Why UMR the Best Option

Struggling to pay rent, Fatima endures the harsh winter in Jordan

Fatima came to Jordan from Homs, Syria with her 4 children and husband. Now she describes her new life as a refugee.

Life for Fatima and her family had become unbearable in war-torn Syria. After years of war and destruction, life as a refugee has brought them to Amman, Jordan, where she struggles to survive without a steady income.

Upon arrival in Amman, Fatima’s search to find a home for her family was difficult. Her husband’s unemployment coupled with the economic strains of being a refugee meant that they had to borrow money just to keep the electricity on and the water running. Without financial security, when Fatima’s children would take ill, they did not have the ability to see doctors for treatment or purchase needed medicine.

Even if I place 5 blankets on top of each other, my children will still not be warm because the blankets are so light.

Fatima was identified by UMR staff in Jordan as a potential beneficiary to receive support services based off of her vulnerability levels. She told UMR Jordan staff that her husband sometimes goes 3 months without a job opportunity, something commonly faced among displaced people.

There are nearly 25.9 million refugees in the world, over half of whom are under the age of 18. UMR works around the world to ensure that the most needy people are receiving essential daily basics to survive their difficult situations. Like Fatima and her husband, being a refugee family means that you cannot always ensure your next meal is provided, or that medical care is within reach when you need it the most.

For cases like Fatima, our UMR Jordan staff made sure they delivered a kerosene heater for her home, as well as warm blankets and jackets for her kids. Thank you to our generous donors who continue to allow us to bring smiles to children’s faces.

To learn more about our Winterization Campaign, click here.

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