SOS Childrens villages - jordan

A Loving home for every child

SOS Childrens villages - jordan

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Emergency Response Program

There are more than 637.000 registered Syrian refugees living in Jordan. However, the total number of Syrians in Jordan is more than 1, 4 million, and just in 2015 about 120.000 unregistered Syrian refugees arrived anew (Migration Policy Centre). According to the World Bank more than 90% of Syrian refugees in Jordan were living under the poverty line in 2014. More than 100.000 out of 320.000 registered Syrian children do not go to school. Schools that have opened their doors for Syrian kids are overcrowded and offer classes for Syrians only in the afternoon. Late afternoon hours are not suitable for girls, who then often have to stay at home instead of going to school. Labour market in Jordan is oversaturated – more than 55% of Syrian men and 88% of Syrian women living outside the refugee camps are unemployed. Especially women, heading their families, face difficult situation as they are the only bread earners for children and elderly in the family. They and their children are in danger of becoming victims of different forms of violence and exploitation, because they lack appropriate skills and income-generating opportunities.

Majority of refugees in Jordan live in poorer urban areas, where local population also faces difficult living circumstances. Since the beginning of Syrian crisis unemployment among Jordanians has increased from 14, 5 to 22,1%, according to International Labour Organisation. Competition for resources and sources of living, such as work, leads to tensions between Syrian and Jordanian communities and social exclusion of refugees, reports the International World Vision.

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Project Summary

While the war in Syria is continuing, Syrian refugees in Jordan also live in difficult conditions. The most vulnerable are women-headed families. Women and children from these families in addition to the most vulnerable Jordanian women and their children will be the main beneficiaries of this project, which will aim at social rehabilitation of children through their inclusion in education, and employment rehabilitation of women through enhancement of their vocational and employability skills. 270 children (90 annually) will be enrolled into nine months long learning of maths, Arabic and English language, which will be based on Jordanian national curricula. Their mothers and other women (together 60) will take part in 3-months long vocational trainings, accompanied by business and employability skills’ workshops. In parallel, psychosocial support will be provided for beneficiaries – psychosocial workshops will be organised twice per week for children and once per week for women. Individual meetings with psychologist will be provided, if needed. These psychosocial support activities will contribute to improved psychosocial and emotional state of beneficiaries and will consequently lead to better outcomes, resulting from other, above mentioned activities.


Psychosocial and economic rehabilitation of the most vulnerable in Jordan – children through their integration into educational process, and women through enhancement of their vocational and employability skills and provision of support for integration into labour market.


70% of participating women is able to generate sufficiant income to provide for the needs of themselves and their families

70 % of participating children and women report increased self-confidance and improved relations in their families and community

80% of participating children continue their education in higher grades or other programs

Risks and solutions

Negative economic situation in Jordan – marketable professions will be chosen (based on market analyses) and cooperation with employers, potential partners and market actors.

Local needs and written documents, proving these needs

80% of Syrian refugees live in poor urban areas, such as East Amman, where the project will be implemented. Jordanian government cannot cover all their needs and at the same time prevent decreasing of living standards of Jordanian citizens due to insufficient financial and other resources – as of today it has received only 36% of the financial support, requested from the international community to deal with the refugee crises. To support Syrians as well as vulnerable Jordanians the Jordanian government – together with UNHCR – has set the priorities, among them education, livelihoods and social cohesion, in its Jordanian Response Plan (3RP 16/17; JRP 16/18).