Jordan Dress Making  

The situation

The Middle East is a rapidly changing and turbulent part of the world. Many Christian families flee their homes due to conflict or religious persecution. Large numbers find themselves as refugees in Jordan, which is one of the few 'safe harbours’ of the region. Refugees often leave their homeland convinced they will return. They use their life savings to make the journey and then find themselves unable to return home, without the resources or documentation to build a secure future for their families. 

How does  FHL help?

Early in 2016 FHL Vice Chairman Peter Rand visited Jordan to identify what support could be given to Christian refugees forced to flee Iraq because of their faith. Since then FHL have provided over £25,000 worth of support to help these displaced Christians. This has been achieved through a combination of immediate family support and assisting refugees to prepare for a new life. Working in partnership with Fr Mario Cornioli of the Latin Patriarchate FHL have supported 19 young Iraqi women learn the skills of dressmaking. 

How impact does FHL have?

This initiative gave 19 young Iraqi Christians the skills to help them find employment in the country to which they will eventually relocate, countries such as Canada, North America, Australia or Europe.

Could you support our work in Jordan?

FHL exists to help and support the Christian population of the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan, to help develop a resilient and enduring community there. We are grateful for all donations of time and money to help us achieve this mission. Our work in Jordan largely concerns Christian refugees who are currently settled in Amman and who need greater and more consistent support. Many larger NGOs and charities working in this area cannot reach these needy Christians. FHL, through our locally based Christian network, are able to target support to areas of greatest need. Currently we work in partnership with Latin Patriarchate and the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem.

Looking for a UK diocesan partner: FHL are urgently looking for a UK Diocese to partner us in this important area of work. We can provide regular updates on how support received makes a difference to these vulnerable Christians. If you think your Parish, Deanery or Diocese could help please contact the office.

Financial donations: can be made online here or by clicking the 'DONATE NOW' button at the top of each web page. Alternatively, a cheque made payable to ‘Friends of the Holy Land’, can be sent to the address shown below. Standing order and gift aid forms are available from the office or can be downloaded here.

Organising a pilgrimage? Why not make time to meet with these displaced Christians who often feel forgotten by their wider Christian family? Please contact the office for more information.

Volunteer with us: Volunteers are needed to help in our office in Kenilworth or to speak at events across the country, please let us know if you can help.

Contact details: Friends of the Holy Land, Farmer Ward Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2DH                       01926 512980