Imagine having no choice other than to live with your family in a camp with thousands of others. At the Oasis we have been able to create a safe place where families and individuals are able to sit and relax, while being served tea and snacks. We invite you to scroll down and read about what a day at the Oasis could possibly look like. Please join us as we strive to provide a safe place for those living in the midst of uncertainty.
A Day at the Oasis
Keys rotate in the lock and the twin white doors swing open. We’re at The Oasis and it’s a new day. As the colorful flow of refugee people stream in, they look around the room for an empty place and sit down. The room is filled with low tables surrounded by Middle-Eastern-style cushions and pillows on the floor. This may be strange for Americans, however Middle Easterners have said it feels “like a living room”. That is precisely the desired effect, as our goal is to provide a peaceful, safe place where people who live in the horrid conditions of a refugee camp can come and relax in our care. As soon as one of our staff notices a new visitor taking a seat, a little tray with biscuits and nuts or fruit is brought to them. Another volunteer grabs a pot of hot tea and a stack of cups, offering aromatic and much-appreciated tea to each person.
Since our goal is to maintain an aura of “welcome to our home”, we spend time mingling with the people; greeting, welcoming, and taking the time to get to know them and their stories if they desire. Currently, an average of 400 people are coming through per day, although from month to month this number tends to fluctuate.
In the back of the building, staff are busily washing and drying trays, making tea, and filling clean trays with snacks. Others carry used trays and trash in from the busy tearoom, or hurry out with rags to clean up the inevitable spills. At the end of the day, the doors again swing shut, signaling our crew of five or six men from camp who volunteer with us to swing vacuums and brooms and prepare the place for another busy day at The Oasis.