June 2012 through March 2014
More than 2.8 million people have fled the country
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CARE began work in Jordan in 1948 to meet the needs of Palestinian refugees displaced with the creation of Israel. Currently, economic participation of women remains lower here than in other countries in the region despite comparatively higher educational attainment. Traditional values that restrict women’s rights are compounded by discrimination in the workplace. Jordan also has one of the lowest levels of water resource availability per capita in the world.
As the population doubles over the next two decades, water scarcity will become an even greater problem and will challenge farmers to improve food security through environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.
Jordan has been host to an estimated 450,000 refugees fleeing violence and insecurity in Iraq and 580,000 refugees to date from the Syria conflict. We are working to meet the needs of poor farmers, women, and these refugees, all affected by conflict, economic disparity, discrimination or a fragile resource base.
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"Words alone are not enough.”
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SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
The ongoing armed conflict in Syria has affected more than 8.6 million people, including 4 million children. We’re working to help the more than 2 million Syrian refugees struggling to survive.
Migrating to the Sun
CARE Jordan has a program where refugees from Iraq come together to learn literacy, form creative teams, and work with the elderly. Women are taught team-building and skills like embroidery and cooking, and create products that can be sold to help generate revenue for their family.
She was a top student. Now, violence and bullying keep her from school.
Raghad, age 11, should be in 5th grade, but hasn’t been to school in two-and-a-half years because she and her family have had to move so many times during the Syrian conflict.
A refugee in Jordan now, Raghad’s face lights up and her words come quick when she talks about her old life in Syria. What it was like to walk home from school with friends and gossip about their teachers, do homework and chores after school, and then play with her cousins, who lived nearby.
Every day, an untold number of Syrians make the choice to flee their homeland and a regime that's proven it has few boundaries. Many come to Jordan, where I recently spent several days chronicling their stories alongside the Atlanta-based international aid organization CARE.
Last week, I traveled to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugees. I knew I was about to hear gripping stories of families fleeing violence and destruction. I also knew that I'd see firsthand how Syria's civil war has impacted girls. What I didn't know was how poignant one girl's story in particular would be. Her name is Hanan.
In a country overwhelmed by refugee children, the schools had no room for her.
Hanan, age 8, lives in a Jordanian slum with her mother and four siblings.
They’re refugees from Syria’s brutal civil war, forced to leave their home after a bomb killed their father as he sold vegetables in the street, and debris from another blast injured one of their younger brothers.
In August 2013, a group of high-level policymakers and experts, including Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., traveled to Jordan to learn how U.S. investments are helping the country address both its long-term development as well as the refugee crisis.