About the Situation
By the Numbers
Close to 7 million people live in Jordan
13% of the people in Jordan live below the national poverty line
12% of the population is unemployed
(Source: United Nations, World Bank)
Jordan’s population has doubled 12 times during the past 60 years, according to the United Nations. Large influxes of refugees from neighboring areas, including Palestine and Iraq, and most recently, hundreds of thousands from Syria, present significant challenges for Jordan, which possesses limited natural resources.
The United Nations reports that Jordan has done remarkably well in its fight against poverty; however, waves of population growth have strained the country’s infrastructure, resources and basic services, and affected the jobs opportunities available. Pockets of poverty remain, especially in rural communities.
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Islamic ReliefTM began working in Jordan in 1997, sponsoring orphans living in Palestinian refugee camps—an effort that continues some 15 years later. Most recent, Islamic Relief has focused on alleviating food insecurity for children across the country.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Jordan:
URGENT WINTERIZATION SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE SYRIANS AND HOST COMMUNITY
For three months, starting in December 2014, 7,580 poor Jordanians and 1,516 Syrian refugees in Jordan will receive items to help protect them against the cold, including clothes vouchers, gas heaters and gas vouchers, and blankets.
LIVE-SAVING HEALTH ASSISTANCE FOR VULNERABLE SYRIAN AND JORDANIAN FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE SYRIAN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
Some 3,800 disadvantaged individuals, both Syrian and Jordanian, are receiving medical treatment through a network of hospitals in Jordan.
ORPHAN SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
STUDENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM
It is estimated that 4% of Jordanian families living in impoverished areas have to withdraw their children from school because of the additional financial strains imposed upon them because of increasing food prices places. Islamic Relief USA is supporting a Ministry of Health program providing food to schoolchildren across the country. The program strives to alleviate food insecurity and improve the nutritional status of children in Jordan.
WINTERIZATION RELIEF DISTRIBUTION 2014
Through the help of a local charity organization, Islamic Relief USA donors helped provide essential items for Jordanians in need to protect against the cold winter of 2013. Items included hygiene kits, blankets, boots and shoes.