Video: More than a playground

Jordan, Syria

March 13, 2015

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When Hayat arrived in Jordan after fleeing Syria, she felt lost and alone. She is just one of more than half a million Syrians who've made Jordan their temporary home while they wait for peace after four years of war in their home country.

The influx of people in need has put a strain on Jordan's resources, causing tensions between the refugees and their host neighbors. Mercy Corps holds community leader trainings that bring Syrians and Jordanians together to learn positive conflict-resolution strategies.

Working together, they come up with solutions to problems that will help everyone in the community — like building the new playground in Hayat's neighborhood. In this video, you can see how the community leader training helped Hayat get her confidence back and make new friends.

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