Birmingham Based Foundation Leads Charge in Helping Syrian Refugees

“Because of the increase in the number of refugees from Syria [to Jordan], we are seeing many families who are not being taken care of and have nowhere to turn,” says Ruba Abbassi, founder and director of Arab Woman Today (AWT). “They need food, blankets and basic necessities.” Birmingham based Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) Foundation has a long history of working with AWT and has stepped into help. “AWT is a trusted ministry partner,” explains 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 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. 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 AW Fund, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, 35242 or online gifts can be made at


-Caitlin Lea 


Syrian RefugeesWMU Foundation and Arab Woman Today provide basic necessities to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Learn how you can help at




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