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

From Armed to Accompanied

Syrian volunteers in the Zaatari Camp are stunned. Boys normally armed with knives, fear, and suspicion have been pouring into the Questscope site. “We want in. My friend told me to come” is what most of them say.

Some of Zaatari’s most unreachable youth are finding a home and a fresh start at Questscope, and it’s no accident. 

A few weeks ago, ten of Questscope’s Syrian volunteers were sent to all corners of Zaatari Camp as part of Questscope’s new project on violence reduction for children in conflict with the law. We asked them to listen, to ...MORE

Dr. Curt Rhodes of Questscope receives Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award

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Dr. Curt Rhodes of Questscope receives Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award 

MARCH 2, 2014, Minneapolis, MN – Dr. Curt Rhodes, founder and international director of Questscope for Social Development in the Middle East, was awarded the 2014 Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. The award was presented to Dr. Rhodes during the EPIIC (Education for Public Inquiry and...MORE

Preparing for Uncertainty

I’ve been working at Questscope for almost two years, and during that time I have been specifically dedicated to “Emergency Response,” an effort to limit the damage and suffering caused by the Syrian refugee crisis.
 
Think about that. An “emergency” that has been going on for two years, leaving people in a state of barely getting by.
 
By definition, an “emergency” is unexpected. And it is temporary. We were not meant to live in prolonged emergency. The psychological and physical toll is too great. The motion and commotion needed to treat an emergency, and the...MORE

Arriving Faster

Navigating the road in Zaatari refugee camp is not easy. Traveling on foot through the vast expanse of land filled with a haphazard collection of tents and caravans will not get you anywhere quickly. 
 
So when 17 bicycles were delivered to Questscope’s mentoring and education program site, there was a collective sigh of relief. Zaatari is now considered the fourth largest city in Jordan and the second largest refugee camp in the world. Through the Bawsal Asra’a “Arrive Faster” initiative, Syrian case managers and facilitators now have a reliable mode of transportation to move...MORE

One2One Update

For the last four months, 61 mentors and students have been busy building trust with each other and participating in One2One's social and emotional learning curriculum. Week after week, mentors have flooded North View Junior High in Brooklyn Park, MN, and transformed our classrooms into an individualized learning experience for each student. During the program mentors help students develop their ability to regulate anger, problem-solve, manage their time, and build social skills.
 
The mentoring relationships are also having a significant impact on the mentors. One of our...MORE

A Story of Hope

Tucked away in a city of tents and caravans near Jordan's northern border, a group of Syrian refugees live within a dual reality.
 
On one hand, destruction and loss. War has resulted in an abrupt transition from 'have' to 'have not.' They came to Zaatari camp leaving everything behind. A harsh reality.
 
On the other hand, stability and hope. Connected with Questscope's mentoring program, funded by the European Union and coordinated by UNESCO, they rediscovered a purpose and found a voice again. A hopeful reality.
 
In December, as the Questscope team...MORE

Putting the Last, First.

Sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time.
 
Never would I have imagined that living through a war in Lebanon 32 years ago would fit that category.  Out of that crisis, Questscope was born. 
 
In reflecting about this past year, it is impossible not to consider where it all started: a commitment to engage disadvantaged youth living on the edge of civil conflict. They were the last, but mattered the most to me.
 
Over the years, Questscope has been deeply engaged in the lives of young people. Relationships of stability in places of...MORE

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