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

Frozen Transience: Young Arab Refugees Stranded in a Hole in Time

"We must remember that these young people carry the creative seeds of a new world they intend to build. We must ensure that our language about them, our descriptions of them, and the options we present to them do not blind us to their own potential for active good."

- Curt Rhodes, Questscope Founder & International Director

In a feature article written for the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs at Tufts University, Dr. Curt Rhodes...MORE

IFE Facilitators Participate in Training

Whether the result of displacement because of war, or an extended amount of time spent out-of-school, thousands of youth in Jordan have been left on the outskirts of society. Educationally and socially, they need advocates to offer a helping hand in redirecting their course. In a project funded by the European Union, and coordinated by UNESCO, Questscope's Informal Education (IFE) program provides a stepping-stone through dialogue-based education and activities alongside positive role models. Not only does participation in this program lead to educational and vocational opportunities; it...MORE

In Their Own Words

Imagine a group of Syrian boys and girls acting out the experiences of young refugees.  In silence.

This month, youth in Zaatari camp portrayed the emotions of their experiences by engaging the audience in the story of a refugee girl who found purpose through a mentor after facing neglect and isolation far away from home.

As part of Questscope’s mentoring and education programs in Zaatari, funded by the European Union and coordinated by UNESCO, this group of 10-15 year old youth worked together with their mentors to create this play and tell their story in their own...MORE

Rebuilding a Foundation

Twenty-five men and women, who for the past year have lived in tents and caravans inside a ‘city’ of regulated chaos, had the opportunity to spend several days in Jordan’s port city of Aqaba. When the Questscope staff began organizing the training session for Syrian case managers living and working in Zaatari camp, they never could have anticipated such a powerful response. 

The bus arrived in Zaatari at 8:00 am, but the case managers had already been waiting with anticipation for two hours. Eyes brimmed with tears as they arrived in Aqaba, almost unable to believe this could...MORE

Refugees in Aqaba

Over 80 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan live outside of an organized refugee camp. As the conflict continues, hundreds of thousands of youth face the challenges of a life displaced from home.

Reem is one of them.

She speaks of what life was like - about school, days at the park, and dreams of going to college. 

Syria’s war turned Reem’s life upside down. The safe haven of school was replaced with fear and rubble, and days spent at the park were now spent inside watching terrifying images on TV.

Reem’s only concern was to stay alive and escape, and her...MORE

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