by Caitlin Lea
(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — Dec. 4, 2015 — The WMU Foundation is working with Arab Woman Today (AWT) to help Syrian refugees currently living in Jordan. The number of refugees fleeing to Jordan has significantly increased in recent weeks.
The Jordanian government reports there are 1.5 million Syrian refugees currently living in Jordan, but only a small percentage reside in official refugee camps. Those who live outside of the camps are not eligible to receive food or other assistance from the Jordanian government.
“Because of the increase in the number of refugees from Syria, we are seeing many families who are not being taken care of and have nowhere to turn,” says Ruba Abbassi, founder and director of AWT. “They need food, blankets and basic necessities.”
The WMU Foundation has a long history of working with AWT.
“AWT is a trusted ministry partner,” said David George, president of the WMU Foundation. “They have been sharing Christ’s love in the Arab world for many years, and this is an incredible opportunity to help these vulnerable families. The news media has recently picked up on the Syrian refugee issue, but AWT has been addressing this in Jordan for well over a year.”
The WMU Foundation is asking people to provide a blanket for $25, a heater for $50, or a month’s worth of food for a family for $100. Gifts can be directed to the WMU Foundation’s AWT Fund, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242. Online gifts can be made at wmufoundation.com.