I saw this tweet and instantly thought: I have seen this – when I traveled to Iraq to a Syrian refugee camp with Reverend Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse

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Good for these graduates and good for Samaritan’s Purse who makes this happen.  I was in Kurdistan with Reverend Franklin Graham and watched a sewing class from which women are graduating.  The women – refugees – were thrilled to learn a skill.  Learning a skill is the difference between being able to feed your children and not being able to.  These women and their families had zero…nothing…zippo…and now? They have a skill and a chance.  This is a BIG deal.

And the Samaritan’s Purse volunteers? They are amazing…living thousands and thousands and thousands of miles away from their families in the USA to dedicate their lives to helping others.  It is an amazing operation…and it sure is fun to help…and to change lives.  I have copied below from the Samaritan’s Purse website and a link in case you want to go their website and see all their projects (you can also find information about one of my favorites…in Haiti…the Greta Home and Academy.)

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A sewing program provides opportunity and joy for refugee women


Hannah Hamrick is the Samaritan’s Purse Child Protection Program Manager in Kurdistan. Recently she helped celebrate the women’s sewing class graduation.


The rain fell steadily, and the wind blew. The camp seemed deserted except for the brave little souls tottering around the playground.


Dozens of muddy boots were carelessly piled outside the tent, all of the partygoers having arrived hours early to help with the preparation. Mischievous young boys darted around, each tasked with blowing up balloons for decoration, though somehow managing to pop them at a much faster rate than blowing them up. Colorful banners were put in place, and the cake arrived.


A community of Syrian refugees at Arbat Camp in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq was gathering to celebrate the graduation of 15 women from the Samaritan’s Purse sewing project. Each woman has participated in a six-month training and livelihood course. The project provided an opportunity for income generation for their families and a place for the women  CLICK HERE