CREDIT: KHALID ALBAIH When I think about the refugee crisis, I undoubtedly think about Aylan Kurdi, Omran Daqneesh, and all of the children and families affected by the Syrian War, and similar wars like it. To this day, I can’t get the horrific image of Aylan out of my mind. He was the three-year-old toddler that fled the Syrian Civil War with his family. Tragically, he drowned before making it to safety. The image of his little body resting on the shores of a Turkish beach w
I remember the moment when I realized that not all children have a happy childhood. That was eye-opening to me. After I heard stories of people close to me who had nothing to eat, and nobody to come home to, it changed the way I saw life. I realized then, that although life is unfair, we can do little things to make it fairer. When I was a senior in college I had a professor who inspired me by his story. He taught me, through simple lessons, that we can make a difference; we
I live in Ashland, Oregon and am a Licensed Practical Nurse. I am passionate about helping others and actively look for ways to spread peace. Christopher and Alison recently visited Ashland during their fundraising tour, and I was honored to host them for an activity in the park to help raise awareness and funds for Rebuild for Peace. During this event we set up an information booth, a kid’s activities station, and also led a yoga routine. We collected donations, answered que
Jordan is home to over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, and hosts hundreds of thousands of others who have left everything behind and are trying to make a new life for themselves. Rebuild for Peace serves communities like the ones in Jordan, who are prone to violence and economic instability. We do this, by providing vocational training, peace-building, and community development. As we continue to grow and expand our reach, we are in need of powerful advocates like you to help us
Give the gift everyone wants: PEACE AND A GOOD JOB. You are a changemaker. You see the world through a unique lens, one filled with hope and optimism for peace. This guides how you, your family, and closest friends not only interact with your own communities, but also with others around the world; and it dictates how you give. At Rebuild for Peace, we understand that no one wants a handout. What people want most is to feel empowered, and to have the ability to protect and pr
Many of the students who attend our centers are women. Unemployment among women in Jordan is 24.8%. As a result, the country has identified education opportunities for women as a critical need. Introducing programs which train women in practical trade skills will not only provide opportunities but empower women to strengthen their communities. The students attending our centers have expressed interest in perpetuating the skills learned through business ownership and teaching.