At Operation Mercy's scarf project in Zaatari, the largest refugee camp in Jordan, women are offered purposeful work, healthy community, and income to sustain their families. Twice a week, a group of Syrian refugee women gather to chat, asking questions about homes and families, before settling into their work: embellishing delicate scarves with brightly colored beads. The women, widowed or otherwise vulnerable, have built a community together, where they receive support and stability as well as income.
Refugees struggle to buy fresh fruit or vegetables, clothing, or supplies for their children. The women depend heavily on their salaries to provide for their families. Each purchase of these scarves offers dignity and hope to these women who have suffered so much.