Each year Mission Together highlights one of our many projects supporting children across the world. This year’s campaign focuses on Sandra, a seven-year-old pupil at Marka School for Iraqi Refugees in Jordan.
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When Sandra and her family fled Iraq they arrived in Jordan with nothing. Traumatised after years of living with conflict and violence they had nowhere and nobody to turn to. The local Catholic community in Marka – a poor suburb in Jordan’s capital – made it their mission to help. They found the family somewhere safe to stay and made a place for Sandra at their school.
Your pupils can find out more about Sandra’s story, explore a map of Jordan and complete a fun word-search in our children’s newsletter, order free copies here.
Established by Fr Khalil, Marka’s parish priest, the school provides refugee children with a free education, pastoral care and spiritual formation.
Fr Khalil encourages refugee parents to volunteer at the school, which provides them with a welcome sense of purpose and belonging – vital to children and adults torn from their homes, families and friends. Sandra’s mum Hadeel, a volunteer teaching assistant at Marka, explains the difference this makes:
‘We don’t have family in Jordan. The school is like a family. The teachers help me too. We help each other.’
Father Khalil needs your help to look after children like Sandra and to welcome the many refugee children still waiting for a place at the school. By working together we can provide the children with books, stationery, a school bag, a daily snack and drink.
• Can your pupils say the Mission Together Prayer for children like Sandra each day this term?
• Can your class raise enough to pay for a set of school books for one class at Marka School?
• Can your school raise enough to provide Marka’s children with a drink and a snack?
To find out how much these items cost, download the Project Information flyer and other campaign resources below.
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