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Project Name
SUPPORT TO IRAQI REFUGEES AND TO JORDANIAN CITIZENS IN NEED
Locality
AMMAN
Recipients
DIRECT RECIPIENTS 150 IRAQI REFUGEES AND 45 JORDANIANS (INDIRECT RECIPIENTS 720 IRAQI REFUGEES AND 80 JORDANIANS)
Project status
ONGOING
Description

Since August 2014 thousands of Iraqis headed to Jordan, as a result of the spread of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, which put at risk the persons belonging to minority religious groups. Many have had to leave their homes, lands and dreams to go to safer areas of the country. Others, in search of aid and greater stability and security, have poured into Jordan.
According to the United Nations (UNHCR), in September 2016 the Iraqis registered in Jordan were 59,196. Most of them live in Amman (89.6%). 9.4% are elderly, 56.8% adults and 33.8% children.

Since a few years Jordan also welcomes Syrian refugees in large numbers (in 2016 there were more than 600 thousand). The government has identified the Syrian emergency as the most serious, compared to that of other refugees, and gives them the opportunity to work in three sectors: construction, agriculture and waste collection service. The same opportunities are not given to registered Iraqi refugees in Jordan, who are not entitled to regular employment contracts. In order to obtain some form of remuneration, they are obliged to work illegally, mostly underpaid and exploited, even at the risk of feeding on child labour. Iraqi refugees can work as employees only within the structures of the churches, and only on a “daily basis”.

Since the beginning of this emergency, in 2014, Caritas Jordan (CJ) with the support of the local government and in collaboration with the Catholic church and other organizations in the area, has been able to provide support for feeding, housing, health, informal education, legal protection, etc…to approximately 3,500 families (nearly 12,000 people) of Iraqi refugees. In addition to the emergency relief, Caritas has taken care of them for several years implementing training projects.
AMU decided to start collaboration with Caritas to support this aspect. In November 2016 a new training project began including 150 Iraqi refugees and 45 Jordanians in vulnerable circumstances. In recent months, the initial project was further broadened, with the aim of effectively providing the beneficiaries with the means to become economically self-sufficient.

The main activities of the project are:

  • Basic training on health and cultural notions related to the context in which the refugees are.
  • Training designed to strengthen personal skills, such as language skills etc.
  • Theoretical and practical classes aimed directly at looking for employment or starting their own business.
  • Training and support to enhance entrepreneurial skills.
  • Supply of equipment and technical support for the launch of micro-projects.
  • Selection of 100 beneficiaries for a 50-day employment in a 6-month period (paid on a daily basis).

Recently Caritas Jordan has been gifted of a land with 640 olive trees, two greenhouses and a well for irrigation, next to a building with large spaces available. The training activities will now focus on this site, previously carried out in the cities of Amman, Zarqa, Balqa and Madaba.
On the land some containers have been installed destined for various micro-projects, including the processing of the olives, both for food and cosmetic use. On the long run vines will also be grown and, in the greenhouses, there will be a cultivation of medicinal herbs, and we are working on transforming the agriculture in organic.
In addition, a carpentry activity has been started for the production of outdoor furniture made from old pallets: the beginning is promising and is expected to be a good income generating activity. Over time and with an appropriate initial investment, the various micro-projects should be consolidated and will give stable job to a hundred people.

Local counterpart
CARITAS JORDAN
Area of intervention
EDUCATION and INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES
Total cost
€ 234.518,97
Contributions requests to AMU
CONTRIBUTION REQUESTED TO AMU € 189.074,70 (€ 135.125,00 INITIAL CONTRIBUTION + € 53.949,70 PROJECT EXTENSION)