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CHILDREN CAUGHT IN THE CONFLICT

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2016 NCM CHRISTMAS PROJECT

In August, we were all stunned by the images we saw of 5-year-old Omran, who sat in an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble created when a bomb destroyed his home in Aleppo, Syria. The little boy calmly wiped blood from his cheek but did not cry — an iconic image of the trauma children are experiencing because of the violence in Syria.

 

This is why millions of families have fled.

 

Omran. Sara. Mathew. Rami. David. Hayat. These aren’t hypothetical children. They’re the names of real children whose lives have been torn apart by conflict that they had nothing to do with.

 

Omran remains stuck in Syria, but thankfully, other children have been able to escape with their families. Almost 2 million refugees are still living in Jordan and Lebanon, which share a border with Syria. Half of them are children. Yet, while they may be safe from war, their opportunities for the future are still very limited. Poverty, language barriers, and even fear are keeping refugee children from going to school.

 

This is why Nazarene schools in Lebanon and Jordan have been providing scholarships for refugee children. The church is helping children haunted by conflict hold on to hope for a better future.

 

This year’s NCM Christmas Project will provide scholarships and support so that even more displaced children can attend Nazarene schools. Your Christmas Project gift will provide safety and stability for children caught in conflict.

 

You can help a child hold on to hope.

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STORIES OF HOPE

Through scholarships to Nazarene schools in Jordan and Lebanon, the church is helping children hold on to hope. These are just a few of the stories of children who have received scholarships. Our prayer is that we can provide scholarships so that even more displaced children can receive education, support, and hope for the future.

(Children’s names are changed for their protection.)

AMIRA'S STORY

In this video, a 10-year-old girl shares her story of having to flee Syria when an airstrike destroyed her family's home. As a refugee in Jordan, she was unable to gain an education and opportunities for the future—until a Nazarene school gave her a scholarship.

DANIL'S STORY

When extremist militants attacked his hometown, Danil’s family witnessed terrifying religious persecution and quickly fled. Young Danil had seen more tragedy in his few years than most people do in a lifetime, but at the Nazarene school he found a sense of safety and stability.

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TAREK'S STORY

When Tarek arrived in Jordan after he and his family fled from the violence in Syria, he was highly traumatized. He describes himself as "destroyed from the inside out." Thanks to a Christmas Project scholarship, he found healing. "Thanks for the Nazarene school for helping me to feel that I'm still a human being," he says.

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