Challenges and opportunities:
Syrian refugees and the Jordanian community.
Jordan is the six highest refugee-hosting country in the world.
Well known are the pictures of Jordan’s stunning historical monuments: witnesses of rich and influential ancient empires. Also, the Jordanian hospitality and generous warmth is a known characteristic. The country hosts the second highest number (87) of refugees per 1,000 inhabitants in the world. A tremendous amount of people has flown the neighbouring Syria from chaos, hunger and violence. The Jordanian government has made high efforts to provide help to these refugees, but support to cope with the situation is needed. Since the influx of Syrian refugees also causes economic problems to Jordanians, many of whom are already living below the poverty line.
KEY CHALLENGES IN JORDAN
Integration of Syrian refugees.
Support for local women.
OUR PROJECTS IN JORDAN
Syrian refugees face incredible challenges as they try to provide a new life for their families. Most refugees have lost at least one family member in the conflict, and many have been imprisoned or tortured. Their children especially show signs of trauma, such as regular nightmares or excessive reactions to triggers. Many of these refugee children have not attended school for more than two years, and about 50% are not attending school presently. Therefore, the Hope Kindergarten were established and are operating to provide a safe space for refugee children to find security, attention, love and care. They are located in Mafraq, since 2013, and Karak, since 2012. The kindergarten are funded by the BMZ and supported by Vision Hope and private donors.
After establishing and successfully running the Hope Kindergartens, Vision Hope experienced requests and suggestions by the families of the children in the kindergartens. Therefore, different pilot projects and workshops took place to see the interest of the local as well as refugee community. In September 2016, Vision Hope started with a project to target the families of Syrian refugee children and local Jordanian families: the Family Centres. The project is funded by the BMZ and located in the same buildings as the kindergartens as afternoon programme. The project volume for Karak and Mafraq amounts to 555,555 Euro. The specific characteristic of the project is the three-component approach to have a high reach. Firstly, an integrative day nursery for school children was established to help them with their needs, for instance help with homework. Secondly, therapeutic life competences programmes for young women between 15 and 25 years old take place. An ergo therapeutic programme for mothers, especially Syrian refugee women and their toddlers, is the third component. The main goal is to offer the beneficiaries the possibility of reaching a higher degree of self-help capability as well as to work on and heal their trauma.