Jennifer Brenner wrote: - I recently had the unique opportunity to visit Jordan on a media trip. One of my objectives was to meet and write about refugees there. After the experience, I felt deeply compelled to do more than simply bear witness to their suffering. I wanted to help, but I didn’t know how. I’ve been listening to a lot of people—friends, family, co-workers—say the same thing about the refugee crisis. So my sister Carmen came up with a way for us to do that (she’s great like that!). We’re hoping it’s a way for you to help, too. Politics aside, there’s no denying there are scores of decent people in need of help. I know because I met them. In Amman, I visited CNEWA Pontifical Mission, a Vatican agency that serves the many needs of the poor, including refugees. Many of these refugees are Iraqis and Syrian, Christian and Muslim. I met the dedicated CNEWA director Ra’ed in Jordan, the son of refugees. I met the women who help run the Pontifical Mission Community Center, Amabel and Elisa, who are from the Philippines and have given decades of their lives to this place. I met brave, scared parents and their bright, beautiful children. The adults are educated, middle-class professionals, just like me. The kids are just like the ones who play with my little niece and nephews. These people have lost everything. They can never go home and they can’t stay in Jordan because they can’t legally work there. Their only chance is to get to the West and that’s a very slim chance. Carmen contacted Norma, a director of CNEWA in the US (Catholic Near East Welfare Association), headquartered in NYC, with various regional offices like the one in Jordan, the CNEWA Pontifical Mission office in Amman. Carmen and Norma talked about a direct, specific way to support the refugees through the food and milk program that is coordinated by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, a CNEWA local Church partner. Food coupons and nursing formula and milk for children up to 3 years of age are being provided to displaced families. The families at the Pontifical Mission Community Center told me that they receive these food coupons, worth $50, once a month. Norma explained to Carmen that there is a great need for assitance. Here's why:
- 2082 refugee children are being helped with milk assitance, 104 newborns/babies and 629 toddlers under the age of five (5).
- There are ten mothers that are expecting, increasing the number of newborns and need for infant milk. Many mothers suffer from PTS (traumatized by the experience of having to flee conflict areas), and are not healthy enough to breastfeed.
- More than 138 Iraqi families (approx. 450 individuals) are on a waiting list.
Your support could allow these families much needed services. Please help and donate to this important cause. Carmen and I believe we can make a diffrence in the lives of these families. Forward this link to anyone who is looking for a way to help refugees! Thank you!