Youth for Jordan 2017

This summer, I was lucky enough to spend 10 days in Amman, Jordan with the organization called Helping Hand for Relief and Development to work with Syrian and Palestinian refugees and orphans. As I came home and reflected on my trip, I continued to feel nothing but gratefulness for an experience of a lifetime with 30+ women who started off as strangers, but quickly became my best friends.

From visiting camps along the Syrian border in Al-Mafraq, where refugees are forced to hear the rumble of bombs when they lay their heads down at night, to hearing the stories of how Syrian and Palestinian families fled their native countries by foot, to spending time with Palestinian refugees in the city of Jerash, where they carry no identity (which inhibits them from leaving this city to get a job, education, etc.), I could not have asked for a more enriching and humbling experience.

Although all of the orphans and refugees that I met physically have nothing, every other word out of their mouth was "Alhumdulillah." They were so eternally grateful for everything that they had, even though they had such little, and continued to offer all of us volunteers their food, water, and toys.

If you are able to, please donate to the cause, there is a lot of work to be done and not enough helping hands just yet.