Empowered people transform the world. This principle is the grounding belief of Vision Hope, a Germany-based charity (NGO) whose work reaches the world’s most vulnerable people and builds sustainable communities in war-torn regions.
The Jordanian hospitality and generous warmth is a known characteristic. The country hosts the second highest number (87) of refugees per 1,000 inhabitants in the world. Syrian refugees face incredible challenges as they try to provide a new life for their families. Most refugees have lost at least one family member in the conflict, and many have been imprisoned or tortured. Their children especially show signs of trauma, such as regular nightmares or excessive reactions to triggers.
The Hope Kindergartens were established and are operating to provide a safe space for refugee children to find security, attention, love and care.The kindergartens are funded by the BMZ and supported by Vision Hope and private donors. In September 2016, Vision Hope started with a new project to target the families of Syrian refugee children and local Jordanian families: the Family Centres.
Now let us talk about our project..
Signs of Hope exhibition in Jordan
Why do wars happen? Why do people have to flee? And where shall they go? How does it feel to leave your home to set out into the unknown? And where does all this affect me?
All these questions might trigger the feeling of concern, fear and unconsciousness. We like to invite you to join our expedition to better understand some of these enormous topics. On our way, we’ll get to know children and young people from Syria who light a beacon of hope somewhere in the middle of chaos and war; who rise above the circumstances and from which we can learn so much!
Art is a natural way of expression for children, one in which they can communicate unspeakable thoughts, feelings, and experiences without words, thereby enabling them to process traumatic experiences. At the Vision Hope Family Centers in Jordan, children from trauma-burdened families routinely engage in art therapeutic activities to support their self-awareness and emotional resilience. One of these activities was Signs of Hope.
In small groups, refugee children from Syria drew pictures that represented three topics:
1) Hand in the Storm – help in the difficult time of war
2) Safe Place – how they found safety after their experiences
3) Wishes for the Future
We are organizing this exhibition with drawings of Syrian refugee children and youth visiting our centers, to share their inspiring stories and give them a voice as promoters for peace. With your support we could cover the costs for printing the posters and flyers, the rent and the communication. Support our project and give these children the opportunity to share their stories!