Together in Jordan

Sandra, with her mum, Hadeel

Each year Mission Together highlights one of our many projects supporting children across the world. In 2018-2019 our campaign focused 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.

Marka pupils, happy to pose with our banner!

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.’

Fr Khalil handing out snacks

Father Khalil needed 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, Catholic pupils in England and Wales raised over £60,000! Enough to provide a daily drink and a snack for all the children at Marka School for two years!

Thank you to all who supported our Together in Jordan campaign. Marka School for Refugee relies entirely on donations, your help ensures that it continues to offer refugee children a place of faith, hope, and love. In 2019-2020 we are Together in South Africa. Click to find out about our new campaign here.

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