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.
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The opening of our first Olive Tree Centre in Madaba, Jordan in October 2019
Snapshots from Refugee Life
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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.
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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.
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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.
Education
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.
Therapies
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.
Relief
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
Within three months it already had English classes, cooking classes, music and art therapy, sports activities and trauma workshops. A community is being rebuilt and restored to life. We can see joy returning to the hearts of Iraqi refugees in Madaba, Jordan.
 
Mosaic Middle East had listened to the refugees experiences and our Jordanian church partners. These Iraqi Christians fled to Jordan, having lost everything; family, friends, homes and livelihoods. They needed hope. They were asking for a simple place to call their own; a place where they could be community alongside their Jordanian church sisters and brothers.
 
Traumatised people who had fled from the murderous army of ISIS in Iraq now have a home, a centre of the community to come together. They receive therapeutic benefits from a range of programmes. They can see their children blessed through art, play and music programmes and the youth are blessed through a range of activities.
Helping rebuild and restore lives
Over 80 people
completed English language classes
40 Children
took part in a range of trauma therapies
30 people
taking part in ongoing creative initiatives
All in the first three months!
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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