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Help4Refugees Speaking Appointments

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"Jordan’s talk was one of the most inspiring we have had in the Abbey. His powerful message of pursuing your dream and aspiring to make a difference in life is a message we need to hear now more than ever."

— -Patrick Derham, Head Master, Westminster School, Westminster Abbey

Speaking Schedule



November 27: American School of Asuncion, Paraguay

November 30: American School of Quito, Ecuador

December 4-6: The American School of Lima, Peru

The Team

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About Jordan

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.

South Sudan
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.

Syria
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 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."



About Joseph


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Joseph Ayoub is an 18 years old student from the UK, London and has just graduated from Harrow School. Carl Wilkens originally spoke at Joseph’s school, prompting Jordan to do the same. Jordan originally spoke at Harrow back in 2016 and Joseph, inspired by the talk, decided he wanted to help make a difference.

Joseph has origins in Egypt, so the Syrian refugee crisis was a topic close to home for him. He aims to work with Jordan travelling to schools and universities to help spread his message and create a campaign to improve the lives of Syrian refugees. He has his own goals to go to Sudan and Jordan to visit the refugee camps and raise money for mobile homes to house refugee families in the camps.

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 interning with Mrs. Obama in the White House. 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.

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

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

An introductory video to Jordan’s story, narrated by Carl Wilkens, the only American that stayed in Rwanda throughout the genocide

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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