2023 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 to receive asylum in other countries, officially changing their status to “refugees.”

Today, the largest population of refugees comes from Syria where a civil war has raged for almost a decade. 5.6 million Syrians now live as refugees in various parts of the world, many of which seek 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. The Covid-19 pandemic created strict restrictions and the economic impact has been severe for refugees already struggling to survive in a new country.

This summer, HXP Builders will construct 2 new classrooms and a storage room at a small school located on the outskirts of Amman, which was set up for refugee children. By building additional classrooms, more refugee youth will be able to receive an education. 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 homes.