The olive tree has symbolic and historic resonance across various communities, including Christians
Olive Tree Centres
New empowering centres of community - a practical expression of Christian love. Run by teams of Iraqi refugees and local volunteers, they enrich the lives of displaced people of all ages and faiths.
Olive Tree Centres give Iraqi Christian refugees a place to belong and to celebrate their culture together.
Education and skills programmes enable personal restoration. Displaced people often feel stripped of dignity and purpose. Learning new skills can greatly enhance self-esteem.
Traumatised refugees, including children, can also access therapeutic programmes. In Iraq people with mental health problems are often stigmatised. Many have witnessed atrocities or lost loved ones. Art, music and dance can be wonderful tools for healing.
Restored to Love
In these ways the centres help people to move beyond painful memories and empower them into a fruitful future. In a place of safety and healing the refugees grow in confidence and reach out in love to the diverse communities around them.
Snapshots from Refugee Life
Azad and Team Cultivate the Olive Tree Centre Garden
Azad, a Christian Iraqi refugee has found fresh hope and focus cultivating food for his community at the Olive Tree Centre. Azad and a team of refugee volunteers have worked together during COVID-19 to transform this space.
Young Iraqi Women Pioneer 'The Hope' Online Group
Young Iraqi women from our Olive Tree Centre in Jordan have come up with a wonderful idea for tackling the isolation and mental health issues arising from the Coronavirus lockdown. They set up an online group called 'The Hope', accessible from mobile phones.
Our 'Sewing sister' Leka
Leka, a refugee from Northern Iraq who is now in Jordan, has masterminded this project, sewing masks out of recycled material by refugees for refugees (as well as for poor Jordanians). It is a powerful example of the compassion and creativity of the refugee community.
Refugees can learn English, cooking skills or even how to play a musical instrument. Many displaced people can feel stripped of dignity and purpose. Learning new skills like these can have a hugely beneficial impact on their self-esteem.
Traumatised refugees can access art, music and dance therapy. In Iraq people with mental health problems are often stigmatised. Many have witnessed atrocities or lost loved ones. Art, music and dance can be wonderful tools for healing.
Families receive essential food, medicines and clothing. Iraqi refugees in Jordan are not allowed to work for a living. They are totally dependent on the generosity of others.
The Madaba Centre
The first Centre opened in Jordan in 2019
Helping rebuild and restore lives
Over 80 people
completed English language classes
took part in a range of trauma therapies
taking part in ongoing creative initiatives
All in the first three months!
You can help restore lives
How to Pray for the Olive Tree Centres
- Pray today for all the rich tapestry of people who benefit from the first Olive Tree Centre in Madaba, Jordan.
- Pray for Helena Scott, our Jordan Country Director and her team of volunteers who run the centre.
- Pray for the advocacy work the centre facilitates; for favour with the authorities and for those Iraqi refugees seeking asylum in other nations.
- For the future of the these Centres; for the opportunities and resources to found three new centres by 2024 one of our ambitious goals as a charity.