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Meet Um Rama

By Alice Seeley

Published On May 31, 2021

Sylvia, also known as Um Rama, is a Jordanian Christian who has dedicated her life to serving others. In 2014, Sylvia’s eyes were opened to the suffering of her Christian brothers and sisters fleeing ISIS.

“I heard about the Iraqi brothers and sisters who fled from ISIS,” she said. “I prayed for them and asked God to show me how to serve them.”

She began working with a local church to support hundreds of the refugees, distributing food packages paid for by American FRRME. When the first Olive Tree Center was opened, she volunteered right away. Now she works as the Program Coordinator at the Olive Tree Center.  Helena Scott, our Jordan Country Director says, “Um Rama truly embodies love in action.


The Iraqi refugees call her Um Madaba, which means mother of all Madaba. The center has thrived with her involvement, despite the challenges of Covid.”


Um Rama loves seeing the “joy returned to the children’s eyes through music, art, and English classes.”  

American FRRME has the privilege of working with churches in Iraq and Jordan to bring refugees hope, help, and healing.

This is only possible with your support! Through your prayers and your generosity, we can help transform the lives of thousands of Christian refugees.

American FRRME is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East.

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