Wednesday 3 May 2017
Jordan: a country that welcomes, enchants and teaches

In Amman, the project to support Iraqi refugees and Jordanian citizens in need continues

One of the realities that strikes anyone who comes into contact with the refugee emergency in the Middle East is the indisputable ability of the Jordanian government to accommodate so many people without having any concrete conditions to do so. Jordan, in fact, is formed by 80% of the desert and is one of the poorest countries in the world in water resources. About 85% of the food needs are imported. Yet 25% of the Jordanian national budget is used for refugees.
Today in Jordan there are about 656,000 Syrian refugees. Iraqis registered at the United Nations until September 2016 are about 59,000. As international aid is directed mainly to Syrians, Iraqis in Jordan – albeit with the government’s commitment – are in great difficulty. They can work only in precarious ways, paid for the day, and to get at least some kind of remuneration, they work undeclared, underpaid and are often exploited.
This was the scenario that pushed AMU to support the great work Caritas Jordan has been doing for years. The aim of the project is to allow Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Jordanians under vulnerable conditions to get training and means to become self-sufficient economically. The project presented in the last AMU News has been further enriched, integrating to the training the whole aspect of the start-up of productive activities, in which to employ the people formed.
The project also provides for the supply of goods and services necessary for the start-up of micro enterprises, and support and assistance during the project development: after the first training phase, 100 beneficiaries will be selected for a 50-day job over a 6-month period (With a pay per day salary).

For some months now, Caritas Jordan received as a gift a piece of land with 640 olive trees, two greenhouses and an irrigation well. Some containers have been installed on the ground for various micro-projects, including olive processing, both in food and cosmetics. In addition, a carpentry industry has started to produce outdoor furniture made with old pallets.

Looking at this country and its history we can learn that welcoming is always possible and that if governments and civil society link in a joint effort, unspoken resources can found.

Domingos Dirceu Franco
(AMU News n. 1/2017)

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