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Jordan

About the Situation

By the Numbers

More than 6.3 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 and the 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 job 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:

LIVE-SAVING HEALTH ASSISTANCE FOR VULNERABLE SYRIAN AND JORDANIAN FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE SYRIAN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
Active

Some 3,800 disadvantaged individuals, both Syrian and Jordanian, are receiving medical treatment through a network of hospitals in Jordan.

ORPHAN SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
Active

STUDENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM
Active

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.

RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

UDHIYAH/QURBANI DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

WINTERIZATION RELIEF DISTRIBUTION
Completed

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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Participate

by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.

Advocate

by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.

Donate

to the Jordan Humanitarian Aid fund to support efforts like these.