In the past two years, the Syrian crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians to seek refuge in Jordan. By current UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees) records, the number of registered refugees is over 500,000. This does not include unregistered refugees or people who crossed into Jordan without official documents, a population estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.
The refugees are dispersed throughout the kingdom and the burden of this added population is felt by every community in Jordan. Despite efforts, there is no end in sight to the civil war and the tally of victims grows daily.Read more
The Orthodox Initiative, a coalition of the Rum (Greek) Orthodox Church in the Middle East works to alleviate the hardship of the most vulnerable, to advocate for the vitality of all of God’s children, and to strengthen the role of youth in their communities. Our mission goes hand-in-hand with our moral duty as Christians to help all of God’s children regardless of religion, gender, age, class or ethnic background. We work on a daily basis to support people uprooted by the wars & conflicts of the region, to raise the awareness of these human tragedies, and to qualify the next generation to be future advocates for the human rights of the most vulnerable. We firmly believe that co-existence is required in order for peace to be achieved in the Middle East and throughout the world.
In this video, staffers of the Orthodox Initiative introduce the services the organization provides for Syrian refugees living in the make-shift camps located in the badia shamaliah (northern desert) of Jordan.Read more
Our distributions to local communities constitute the spiritual food of our work. When we are lucky enough to take items to the most vulnerable we are humbled again and again by the circumstances in which they survive.Read more
In addition to the abundant joy of this season, we invite you to explore our recent work, highlighted here in our Christmas distribution at St Ephraim's Syriac Orthodox Church.Read more