Refugee host nations stretched to limits amid enormous needs

With human migration, often the nations with the least to spare become hosts to the most refugees. Two prime examples of the pattern are Jordan and Lebanon. Both nations have fewer than 10 million citizens and neither nation is rich with oil or other natural resources. Yet, nearly one in every five people living in […]

Special tax incentives for charitable giving end Dec. 31

As we approach the end of 2021, we wanted to be sure you know that right now is an excellent time to build on that investment. Whether you itemize deductions or not on your annual tax return, there are temporary opportunities in the tax law encouraging you to invest in our charitable organization now. But […]

Languages open doors for Syrian refugees

“For many of them, you can’t make up all the school they have lost.” Our partner in Lebanon said the learning losses for Syrian refugee children are simply too significant to make up through standard education, so Pastor Joseph Milan found a way for some children to jump over the gaps and find opportunity any […]

Weary teachers and moms put best faces forward to students through a difficult spring

In Jordan, this spring has been a repeat of last spring — but more devastating. A year ago, Jordan was a bright spot in coronavirus prevention measures. The nation shut down early and kept cases low while the United State and Europe erupted with infections. Fast forward to this spring, and the nation is once […]

Syrian refugees and their Lebanese hosts struggle through a dark winter

Look ahead to news in the coming months about our new venture to create a classroom on the back of a cargo truck! The concept art (right) shows the potential to create learning space in the cargo box. The cargo truck project is one bright spot in a bleak time for Syrian refugees and their […]

Enrollment and class offerings increase despite the pandemic

  The drive to support refugee families never stops at the Good Shepherd Center. The staff at the school in Jordan worked through their Christmas break to plan the semester ahead and assemble desperately needed food baskets for students and their families. Staff members couldn’t wait to see their students in person when they made […]

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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 […]

Donations for cargo truck classroom will be doubled!

  Educating refugees in Lebanon is tough. The chief challenge has been stable locations. On more than one occasion, we set up a shipping container school in a refugee camp, and then the camp moved or was disbanded a few months later. To eliminate the risk of being upended, we plan to purchase and equip […]

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 […]