Help4Refugees Speaking Appointments

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"Jordan approaches a complex subject like Syria and the current global refugee crisis with sensitivity, emotional impact and a call to action that really captivated our students. Jordan focuses on the life skill of not being discouraged by failure [and] gives students yet another glimpse into how important it is to persist and allow for failure as a part of the process of success."

— -Brenda Petersen, Teacher at Herlufsholm School in Denmark

Speaking Schedule

August 23: American School of Doha, Qatar

September 4-11: Herlufsholm School, Denmark

September 18: St. Stephen's School, Rome, Italy

September 20: Rugby School, United Kingdom

September 21: Frensham Heights School, United Kingdom

September 21: Charterhouse, United Kingdom

September 23: St Marys Calne, United Kingdom

October 2-3: International School of Latvia

October 5-6: International School of Belgrade

October 9-10: American School of Warsaw, Poland

October 15-17 Kuwait

October 19-21: Qatar Leadership Conference

Meet the Team

Jordan Hattar

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Jordan Hattar is a 25 year-old humanitarian and director of Help4Refugees.org. Originally from Templeton, CA Jordan graduated from Templeton High School in 2010 and has since dedicated his time and efforts towards living a life of service. Instead of starting college the semester after high school, Jordan journeyed to South Sudan to work alongside Sudanese Lost Boy Deng Jongkuch to build a medical clinic in Deng’s home village of Malek. As a senior in high school, Jordan hosted a “Dinner 4 Sudan” that raised over $3500 to purchase 525 mosquito nets for pregnant women and children under five. In addition, Jordan also bought 420 math, english, and science books for the school in Malek.

In January of 2011, Jordan began college, majoring in International Studies at California State University Long Beach. In 2012, Syria captured a piece of Jordan’s heart. Jordan’s Arabic professor shared not just grammar of Arabic with Jordan, but she also shared the unimaginable and horrific sights within Syria due to the Syrian governments’ actions. Jordan wanted to better the lives of all Syrians going through this struggle so he spent the Fall of 2012 reporting and delivering humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugee camp of Zaatri.

While working with Syrian refugees in 2012, Jordan kept hearing from refugees that their greatest need was better housing. To meet the Syrians greatest need, Jordan teamed up with Olivia Wong to fundraise and deliver two caravans (prefabricated housing units) to the Zaatari Refugee Camp in the summer of 2013. After delivering the first two caravans, student groups in New York heard about what Olivia and Jordan did, and they also fundraised enough for two caravans in the Zaatari Camp. In November of 2014, Jordan turned the students money into two additional caravans.

Since the delivery of caravans Jordan went on to receive his Master's in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge in 2016. Following Cambridge, Jordan interned with First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative in the White House. Since leaving the White House in January of 2017, Jordan has decided to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Carl Wilkens, and speak full-time in schools and universities around the world.

If Jordan had one message for the world it would be: in order to make a positive difference in this world you don’t need a specific skill, just a heart. "Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure."

More Information


Abstract of Voices of Syria presentation:

Following one’s heart is a popular piece of career advice. But how does anyone do it? Follow Jordan Hattar’s story, which took him from southern California to South Sudan, from university in California to the Syrian refugee camps, and from studying genocide intervention at the University of Cambridge to working in the White House this past fall. Jordan’s presentation brings a human touch to humanitarian efforts in the Syrian crisis and encourages students to fearlessly create their own path in life.

Below is a link to a short video that serves as a good introduction to Jordan’s story, narrated by Carl Wilkens, the only American that stayed in Rwanda throughout the genocide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DPSg97MwQE

Additional information:

The documentary After Spring, which is executively produced by Jon Stewart, the former host of the Daily Show, highlights Jordan’s humanitarian work in the Zaatari Refugee Camp. Often schools show this documentary in the lead-up to Jordan’s visits in order to acquaint students with refugee camp life and Jordan’s humanitarian efforts.

Jordan's email address: jordan.help4refugees@gmail.com

The Refugees' Testimony: During Jordan’s time in Za’atri camp, he wrote this article about three families’ ordeals in the refugee camp. This article was published in the February edition of Family Flavour Magazine.

BBC Radio interview with Jordan Hattar who begins speaking at 47 minutes and 50 seconds.

Jordan’s interview with Varsity, the independent student newspaper for the University of Cambridge

Jordan’s story, narrated by Carl Wilkens

Faint Cries, a short documentary about Jordan produced by California State University Long Beach

Student Projects

Milton Academy's Rewear for Refugees initiative

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