Project Overview

The current Jordan program comprises around 15 projects in 2015, with its operational office located in Amman, 20 staff and a budget of EURO 3.6 million. In the period 2015 – 2017, LWF-Jordan continues to assist Syrian refugees in Jordanian host communities and in Zaatari camp. In the interest of social cohesion given the massive influx of Syrian refugees, vulnerable Jordanian households are also receiving assistance. LWF-Jordan representatives were active in the planning of the Regional Response Plan 5 (RRP5), and as a part of the Sector Working Groups, LWF-Jordan was engaged in the design of the 3RP (Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan) for 2016. Through the support from multiple donors and partners, LWF-Jordan assisted 67,081 beneficiaries in Jordan 2015. 

 

Peace Oasis

Since the Zaatari camp opened, LWF has been distributing various non-food items, including hygiene kits and heaters. Over time however, we have concentrated increasingly on developing psycho-social support activities, including conflict mitigation, peacebuilding, life-skills training and recreational activities. LWF opened its own Youth Centre in the 5th district of the camp, the Peace Oasis, a peaceful and safe space for youth aged 14 to 30. Syrian refugees are mobilized as facilitators and co-trainers in all activities.

Syrian refugees are exposed to a variety of stressors known to increase the risk of mental and psychosocial distress. The Peace Oasis offers youth and young adults peace building- and awareness sessions in order to reduce negative tensions, disagreements, and to reduce negative coping-strategies. Through training and discussion sessions on, and training in, conflict and communication skills, decision-making, mediation and negotiation, as well as management of emotions and self-concepts the youth and young adults were equipped with tools to identify suitable solutions for issues the local community is facing. In addition, training and learning opportunities are important to counteract a feeling among the youth and young adults of time-wasting.

Rehabilitation of schools and construction of classrooms

On the 20th December 2015, LWF-Jordan handed over the finalized rehabilitation of seven schools in the north to the Ministry of Education. The project improved the learning environment for 2450 children. The target was schools in poor conditions, exposing the students for safety and health risks including leaking roofs, insufficient WASH units and mold. The project was a part of an ongoing effort by LWF-Jordan to improve the learning conditions for Syrian and Jordanian children in Jordan. During 2015 LWF-Jordan constructed 18 new classroms in three schools benefiting 450 students and rehabilitated seven other schools. In January 2016, LWF will start two 4-year education projects, rehabilitating schools in Irbid and Amman Governorate to improve the physical and psychosocial environment for girls and boys attending the selected public schools. In addition, LWF-Jordan will target 5 schools in the South of Jordan for rehabilitation during 2016.

Life-skills training

The life-skills trainings provided by LWF-Jordan to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian households aim to provide the opportunity for the targeted beneficiaries to develop their life-skills to benefit from in the future. Learning new skills in a group setting is in addition a part of the psychosocial support. To be provided with learning opportunities is moreover a way to give the participants a feeling of development and to counteract a feeling of frustration and time-wasting. Targeting beneficiaries in both Zaatari camp and in host communities LWF-Jordan has provided, and continues to provide, life-skills training and courses in computer skills, graphic design, English, barbering, hairdressing, make-up/beautician art, sewing, and mobile repairing.

Cash assistance

LWF-Jordan has initiated a Cash Assistance project starting from November 2015 until mid-2016 targeting 226 vulnerable households in Irbid governorate for assistance. Cash assistance projects have become increasingly important due to the growing economic vulnerability of the Syrian refugees in Jordan. A new study by WFP indicates that Syrian households resorting to crisis or emergency coping strategies has doubled since 2014, including sending adults and children to beg or to engage in high risk jobs. Of male children, 3 % were sent to work in 2014 but in 2015 it is 15 %. LWF-Jordan’s cash assistance project aims to assist vulnerable households and to prevent negative coping-strategies such as child labor. In addition to the cash assistance, the targeted beneficiaries receive awareness sessions on their legal rights, as well as physical management and budget training.

 

Food and NFI distribution

UNHCR studies indicate high levels of economic vulnerability amongst Syrian refugees. A new study by WFP indicates that Syrian households resorting to crisis or emergency coping strategies has doubled since 2014. The Jordanian policy, not allowing Syrian refugees to work, forces the humanitarian actors to focus on providing basic needs rather than sustainable solutions and resilience. During 2015 LWF-Jordan assisted 3726 vulnerable households through food distribution. In addition, LWF-Jordan has assisted 4945 households through WASH and hygiene distribution, provided 2720 school girls in Mafraq and Irbid with new school-uniforms, and provided 2420 school children in host communities and 200 school children in Zaatari camp with school bags. 

Winterization

Winter is a critical period for vulnerable Syrian refugees in Jordan who already face harsh living conditions. During the winter period the temperatures in Jordan can reach below zero, and puts critical pressure on Syrian households. Two out of three refugee households live below the Jordanian absolute poverty line and most need to spend more than they earn. This increases the risk of negative coping-mechanisms such as child labour, survivor-sex and high-risk jobs. To prepare Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian households for the winter LWF-Jordan distributed gas heaters, gas bottles, refill coupons and blankets in January 2015 and in December 2015 to 1885 households. 

Shelter rehabilitation

LWF-Jordan has been rehabilitating refugees' homes, giving a chance for families to live in decent and safe environments. With the inflow of refugees in the past years, rental prices in the overcrowding areas of Irbid and Mafraq have greatly increased, living poor families no other choice than renting unhealthy and unfit shelters, with dirty latrines, doors and windows that do not close or lock, unsafe electrical wiring etc. LWF-Jordan rehabilitates Syrian refugee shelters in order for them to meet minimum safety and health standards including installing water tanks, insulating ceilings and walls, repairing doors to provide vulnerable families with a safe shelter. During 2015 LWF-Jordan rehabilitated 89 shelters benefiting 145 Syrian households. 

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Our Project Work

implemented in 2015
assisted by LWF in host communities 2015
assisted by LWF in Zaatari camp 2015
vulnerable households received food assistance 2015