Syrian case managers participate in training in Ajloun, Jordan

"This relaxing site helped us to see Zaatari camp in a positive way. It helped us see the bright side of things.” Syrian case managers from Zaatari camp recently traveled with Questscope staff to Ajloun forest in northern Jordan for team building and training that focused on counseling, family guidance and psychological first aid. . Surrounded by a forest of green, fresh air and peaceful quiet, the setting provided a welcomed departure from the barren...MORE

#MeWeSyria: Films debut in Zaatari

Applause and cheers erupted as the screen faded to black. The fanfare was well deserved: over the past four weeks, 20 young refugees produced four films each with a different storyline—but with the same powerful message of strength. Inside Zaatari, a caravan was transformed into a cinema for the debut of their films and a celebration of their hard work, talent, and their bravery to use their voices to break down walls and build hope.

"Everything is from their hands, and from their hearts," said Mohsin, founder of the Me/We initiative, during the event. "This project is about...MORE

Bridging the Gap

A group of 17 boys—the youngest 10, and the oldest 14—gather their chairs around three tables. They sit in a classroom and although they are not in school, most of them did attend school when they were home in Syria.

Now in Jordan, education seems like a fleeting dream. One by one, each boy stands up and shares why he is not attending school.

“I don’t have my papers from Syria...MORE

World Refugee Day

Tomorrow is World Refugee Day: a day set-aside as a call to action to respond to the needs of those displaced from home, including over 2.5 million Syrian refugees. Awareness is important—crucial even—in the presence of a crisis.

But if we are going to bring awareness to anything on World Refugee Day, attention should be drawn not to a story of refugees full of despair, but one of people—full of determination, resilience and hope. The best story is told directly by Syrian youth that are part of the Questscope family, and represent the strength and future of millions more....MORE

Curt Rhodes talks to "Philanthropy Age" about social enterprise in the Middle East

Social enterprise is an evolving concept that is very familiar to our founder and international director, Curt Rhodes. In 1988, he founded Questscope and navigated through the challenges of social entrepreneurship to transform a small start-up NGO into an organization that has impacted over 200,000 disadvantaged and out-of-school youth since 2002. Curt recently talked about how social enterprise is changing—and how social entrepreneurs must adapt to succeed—in the most recent issue of Philanthropy Age. Read the full article...MORE

#MeWeSyria: Girls' Filming Day

Just three weeks into communications workshops in Zaatari camp, two of the groups have wrapped up filming for their short stories. We followed along as one of the girls' groups captured their story about the power of harmony and hope. The day began as Mohsin, founder of the Me/We initiative, unveiled the much anticipated film prop: a piano constructed out of recycled products. And while we can’t reveal the full story yet, the piano represents the message that each of the four groups of young girls and boys want to share: out of what may seem...MORE

Smiles from Inside Za'atari: Me/We Project Highlights

Communications workshops in Za’atari continue through the Me/We initiative, and filming has begun. The girls and boys are scripting, filming and producing four short films that share stories of a positive transition in which obstacles are overcome, to reveal their hope—and ability—to change the world around them. We are always amazed by the youth in Za’atari, and their work in this project is no exception. They have shown incredible growth and progress in three short weeks as they learn how communication can help break down walls, and build a path for creative expression. Every step of...MORE

Building Confidence through Communications

It isn’t difficult to find a story about a young refugee. In videos, articles and pictures that flood television and websites, voices around the world try to share a small glimpse into the lives of millions of Syrians displaced from their homes.

The story of lives disrupted married to the story of strength and hope, and the fight to move forward. It’s an important story that the world needs to hear—but whose voice should tell it?

In Zaatari camp in Jordan, a group of young refugees—girls and boys—are getting a chance to tell their stories, using their own voice....MORE

Mother's Day in Zaatari

Every year, Mother’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the inspiration of women and the strength of family.

A celebration of family takes on different meaning for many refugees who have lost their mothers, or have had no option but to leave their families back in Syria. As Questscope staff gathered at Zaatari refugee camp to celebrate Mother’s Day, there was both joy and sadness as a group of Syrians reflected on family.

“Being a mother is the most important part about...MORE

The Power of Relationship

“Can she sit by you? She would like to sing a song.”

A 10-year old girl quietly smiled as I welcomed her to sit down. Her mentor took the seat beside her and encouraged her, “Go ahead and introduce yourself.”

After we exchanged names, she shared that while she had only joined the mentoring program two weeks ago, she already loved coming here and all of the mentors.

Then she sang. She looked with fixed eyes at the wall of the caravan in front of her. She never made eye contact with me, or with anyone else sitting around her. Applause and words of reassurance from her...MORE