When Covid-19 is behind us, they will heal through play therapy and childhood joy

Imagine missing the childhood delight of a day at the beach. Many Syrian refugee children live within two hours of the Mediterranean Sea, yet most of them have never been there. Many of their parents have not been the sea either. A field trip and other chances to have fun create a lasting impact in […]

Relief efforts needed as pandemic squeezes refugee families

The relatively small nations of Jordan and Lebanon kept the coronavirus from spreading widely in the first several months of the pandemic. Students enjoyed mask-free classes in September because cases were largely contained over the summer. The tight control ended in the last half of October. Cases continue to skyrocket. Jordan, a nation of ten […]

With celebration, students start year in school … then go back to learning at home

Students at the Good Shepherd Center couldn’t wait to be back together again when the school reopened in late August for the start of a new year. Just like children in the United States, they and their families were thrilled that they could return to school after months of pandemic-induced isolation and the frustration of […]

Empty classrooms, heavy hearts as Jordan shuts down to fight pandemic

Leading up to the Covid-19 crisis, the Good Shepherd Center in Jordan prepared their 72 students and families. Before schools were shut down, teachers instructed students on health hygiene so that children know to cover their coughs, wash their hands and wipe all surfaces. After schools were closed three weeks ago, staff spent three days […]

Our work continues despite global pandemic

We trust you are well in this unprecedented global crisis. We wanted to let you know that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are being felt by our partner schools in the same ways that we are experiencing the effects here in the United States. In the Middle East, daily life has been put on […]

Iraqis reclaim symbol of faith that ISIS used to target them

As the Good Shepherd Center staff worked with children, they quickly saw that parents needed help. Most of them were in shock from leaving behind the homes and communities that had been home to various Christian sects for centuries. Often they were too devastated to know how to begin helping their children. Principal Dawlat Hijazeen […]

School provides hope for families who are afraid to return to their homeland

Five years ago, Iraqi Christians began flowing into Jordan to get ahead of ISIS as it swept into northern Iraq. The families had faced an ultimatum from ISIS: convert or die. They did neither. Instead they headed to Jordan, where they found themselves in a peculiar bind. They were not technically refugees, so they were […]

Tent Schools create hope amid staggering increases in displacement worldwide

As we mark World Refugee Day, we need to share some staggering news about the numbers of people displaced throughout the world due to violence, natural disaster and persecution. According to new numbers from the United Nations, 70 million people worldwide have fled their homes. That is more than the entire population of the Midwestern […]

Iraqi girl is the face of the refugee crisis

Displaced children with learning barriers receive extra support to thrive at school and home Mariam arrived one year ago at The Good Shepherd School, a TSI partner near Amman, Jordan. Even with full-time attention from an adult shadow teacher, Mariam ran away from class and disrupted the classroom environment. “When we accepted Mariam into the […]

Tent Schools partner helps parents set their worries aside for a day

Child rearing is tough, even in the best conditions. The challenges are compounded for displaced Iraqi Christians in Jordan. They have lost homes, jobs and certainty about their children’s future. They are prohibited from getting work permits and from sending their children to state-funded school. The challenges leave displaced parents with despair that gets in […]