2022 Project Story: Jordan

In 2019 the UNHCR reported that a total of 70.8 million individuals had been displaced from their homes worldwide. Of those displaced, 25.9 million have traveled across borders and received asylum in other countries, officially changing their status to “refugees.”

At this time, the largest population of refugees come from Syria where civil war has raged for almost a decade. Today 5.6 million Syrians now live as refugees in various parts of the world, over 600,000 of which have gained asylum and even more who are seeking asylum in Jordan. In addition to Syrian refugees, Iraquis, Sudanese, and Egyptians come to Jordan seeking refuge.

Refugees are meant to reside in Jordan for no longer than six months before being resettled by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), but in reality, many refugees have lived in Jordan for years–sometimes decades. Especially since the Covid-19 pandemic, which has created strict restrictions, the economic impact has been severe. Refugees already struggling to survive in a new country and social system have been especially impacted by the pandemic.

This summer, you will serve at a small school located on the outskirts of Amman, which was set up for refugee children. These refugee students are not allowed to enroll in Government schools, so private schools offer education for the refugees for free. By building more classrooms, more refugee youth will be able to get an education.

You will help build facilities to improve the school grounds (2 new classrooms and a storage room) that will be enjoyed by refugee children for years to come. In addition, you will provide activities and English classes for the refugees. Through these efforts, you will play a significant role in the effort to successfully integrate hundreds of thousands of refugees into a new country and culture, helping them to feel accepted and safe in their new home.