Description of Work & Ministry
Questscope advocates for the inclusion of the excluded. Curt and Marcia invest in people to develop their talents for their own solutions to thrive and live meaningful lives in their communities. Putting the last, first.
QuestScope develops talent in refugees as photographers and they sell their art through Curt & Marcia in exhibitions and online. Students also learn to write their backstories to provide context for their work.
Questscope has a 30-year track record in the region, highlighting:
Our current major emphasis in Syria is the provision of emergency relief in the earthquake crisis. Our history in Syria:
Founded and supported a long-term home for mentally challenged adults in Damascus
Support to youth in juvenile correctional center in Damascus (mentorship, vocational training, small business grants)
Collaboration with the Syrian society for social development Syria-wide
Small-business initiatives for disadvantaged & out-of-school youth
Damascus in Jordan:
Extensive youth mentorship for “street kids,” with Juvenile Correctional system
Long-term cooperation with the Ministry of Education for certified non-formal education for out-of-school, low-income youth
Prevention of exploitation of young refugee and low-income females forced into early marriage, initially with food and medical assistance, and now the establishment of business ventures owned and operated by women themselves
Extensive Community-Based-Organization (CBO) program for young, low-income girls at-risk of exploitation and harassment
- Acute, immediate crises, like the earthquake disaster in Syria, put great stress on the front-line staff workers. They need prayer for stamina, resilience and the ability to restore their emotional and spiritual “center” during these times.
- Long-term, chronic “crises,” like educating youth who will never get an education, puts stress on systems and staff to use minimal resources to maximal advantage to restore and reintegrate youth. The spiritual resources in each of their staff and volunteers are often stretched to the limit – as they are committed to engender spiritual growth in the face of massive uncertainties. Pray that the crises themselves are the stimulus for this growth.
- Always, the harvest is great. And those who labor are few. Curt needs much wisdom and insight to advise and encourage the next generation of young Arab leaders as they face unprecedented challenges in reaching out to others in need.
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