The Irbid CDC and its three satellite centres (the Deir al Sanna Centre, the Sheikh Hussein Centre, and the Mansoura Centre) cover the entire governorate of Irbid. The centre’s volunteer committees, primarily the youth and women’s committees, operate the majority of the centre’s operations. Due to the unusually high number of universities and educational facilities in Irbid, the centre benefits from a large number of volunteers participating in the local CDCs’ youth and women’s committees.
The challenges in Irbid are often related to the Syrian refugee crisis. The large population influx has put unique pressures on the job and housing market, causing prices to rise whilst wages and job availability stagnates. The CDCs therefore focus on strengthening the economic and social empowerment of youth and women. Many help develop the community’s job skills via English and computer courses, and others aim to build networks through the Employment Office. Our Loans Unit provides funding for small business owners and small scale producers, helping the local economy to stay afloat despite the challenges.
The educational landscape in Irbid helps when creating diverse and high quality education programs. Debate clubs cooperate with universities in the area to train students on the art of debating, with a focus on topics that relate to students’ everyday lives. The Intel Computer Clubhouse also encourages youth to express themselves in innovative ways through technological training, and our Communication for Happy Families project successfully promotes good parenting and communication skills when working with children.
Like neighbouring Mafraq, the Irbid CDCs have created a range of projects to help foster a sense of mutual understanding between refugee and host communities. Our Community Mobilization Committees bring Jordanians and Syrians together in meetings, and our Generations for Peace project promotes friendly conversations between community leaders, children, and young people of all nationalities. We offer unique assistance to refugees by providing physical therapy services and prostheses to those that have been severely physically injured in the conflict.
The Irbid CDCs also attempt to overcome the water shortage problems that affect the nation, whilst maintaining the natural beauty of the governorate. Each local CDC cooperates extensively with the national WRAP project, which aims to rehabilitate the water networks in rural areas and install central wells. Local awareness sessions have also helped to improve the community’s water management skills whilst empowering the region’s important farms.
Irbid - Main CDC
Manager: Fahmiya al-Azzam
Address: Eidon - Next to Prince Rashed's Hospital
Telephone: +962 2 7100819
Al Sheikh Hussein
Manager: Faeda al-Awamra
Address: Al-Sheikh Hussein
Telephone: +962 2 6550030
Manager: Mariam Malkawi
Address: Mansoura - Near Mansoura High School
Telephone: +962 2 7505809
Manager / Supervisor: Bashaer Nasriyyat
Location: Deir Sa'aneh
Telephone: +962 2 7330823