Special Projects

Project Outrageous for Syrian Refugees










According to a report by Thomson Reuters Foundation (May, 2017) Jordan, a small country similar in size to the state of Indiana has welcomed over 1.4 million Syrian refugees since 2011.



Jordan has always been a safe haven for refugees and immigrants, welcoming them with open arms in spite of the strain this puts on their economy. King Abdullah announced last year plans to integrate Syrian children into the Jordanian public school system, as many of these children have already lost years of education due to the crisis. Like Raghad in the video, thousands of refugee children have found refuge in the Jordanian School system.  These schools are overcrowded and in desperate need of help. Both government and non-government organizations (NGOs) in Jordan are looking for help in assisting these schools with supplies to ease the burden.


Syrian Refugees in Jordan- by locality




ESL Connexus and the Queen Rania Teacher Academy are partnering together to provide sports equipment for 20 of these public schools in Jordan. Each of these schools was chosen due to the high concentration of Syrian refugee children in the classes. (To view the full report click here.)


In October of 2017, ESL Connexus took a team to Jordan. During this trip, we visited one of these schools, met teachers and students, and deliver the sports kits. Would you consider being a part of this amazing project by making a tax-deductible donation HERE? Would your organization consider adopting and raising $700 for one of the 20 schools? 

Sports Kits for the 20 schools will cost $14,000.00 ($700 per school)

Items Included in the sports kits: 


item #
Description
Qty for 20 school
1
Footballs
140
2
Basketballs
140
3
Volleyballs
140
4
handballs
140
5
Badminton racket set of 2
140
6
Badminton ball pack of 6
140
7
Tennis racket set of 2
140
8
Tennis balls
140
9
Jump ropes
140
10
Manual blowers
140
11
Plastic barriers 25cm
140
12
Plastic barriers 35cm
140
13
Plastic barriers 40cm
140
14
Plastic rings
140
15
hula hoops
140
16
Cones
140
17
Cones 38cm
140
18
Cones 32cm
140
19
Cones 23cm
140
20
Cones 17cm
140
21
Gold medals
140
22
Cup golden (small)
140
23
Cup golden (medium)
140
24
Sport stopwatches
140
25
colored vests
140
26
Football Whistles
140



Visit PROJECT OUTRAGEOUS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES Facebook page HERE.

Project Outrageous for Syrian Refugees (Update Part 1)


Project Outrageous Update (part 1)

Dennis, Nannette, Josh, Jackson
The TEAM
September 30th-- The Jordan 2017 Project outrageous team loaded up a rental van and headed to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The team consisted of Josh, Nannette, my son Jack, and a close friend Dennis. We set out on our journey with great excitement and expectation of what God would do in us and through us. Wow! Unknown to us, we were about to experience the trip of a lifetime. God would bring our faith alive through exploration of ancient holy sites, divine encounters with both strangers and friends, and outrageous acts of kindness to those in need. Enjoy the picture tour of our trip below.




Josh & Dennis interview Abu Omar and Aymen (Part 1)

Abu Omar is also known as Ishmael. He is the whole-sale sports equipment provider that helped us put together the sports kits for four boys schools and four girls schools. Abu Omar blew us away with his generosity. He also threw in free chess sets for each school and offered to provide free backpacks for any of the kids that needed one. He himself was the father of six kids! Aymen is a former Jordan national volleyball team member. He offered to deliver all of the kits to the remaining seven schools using his own vehicle and gas for free. Aymen has made good on that promise (signed invoices from each school to prove it!)


Josh & Dennis interview Abu Omar and Aymen (Part 2)

Abu Omar expresses his gratitude in a grand speech to ESL Connexus. He has always dreamed of doing this type of project. He thinks the project is important. A huge thanks to donors from Dennis. Due to Abu Omar's generosity, we were able to buy more equipment for less. Abu Omar points out that schools often only get a few hundred dollars for their budget from the government. This gift will go a long way to help the schools. 



Josh & Dennis interview Abu Omar and Aymen (Part 3)



Josh Interviews Wisam from QRTA

Wisam was instrumental in opening the door between ESL Connexus and the Queen Rania's Teachers Academy. Wisam, we are so grateful for your help to make the project happen. I apologize for the poor audio quality. In general, Wisam is speaking about the important role QRTA is playing in the field of education and teacher training in Jordan.