Jordan plays a leading role in the fight to ensure that those who have been driven from their homes due to the threat of war and unlawful persecution are provided with a safe haven and the chance to rebuild their lives. JOHUD has joined this effort by ensuring that those seeking asylum are granted access to the services they need to prosper in times of hardship.
Whilst working in areas with large numbers of refugees, JOHUD staff members and beneficiaries have noted the sometimes severe communal tensions between local and refugee families. This pattern can be most clearly observed within less privileged areas, as already poor communities struggle to share jobs and resources amongst a rapidly growing population.
To help ease tensions and encourage Syrian and Jordanian youths to spend time with one another, our CDCs and staff members have created programmes and projects that bring communities together. We have arranged sport and art groups, community committees, and elderly clubs in areas with high refugee populations, and encourage representatives from both groups to share their grievances and stories.
JOHUD has also partnered with an assortment of international NGO’s to provide psychological, social, academic, professional, and medical services to thousands of Iraqi, Syrian, Somali, and Sudanese refugees residing in Jordan. We provide disabled refugees with vital medical and disability equipment and services, helping to relieve the burden that physical limitations can place on an already struggling demographic. Male and female refugees, both young and old, have also been provided with training that focuses on developing healthy lifestyles, modes of expression, and marketable skill sets.
Whilst many of the above projects are reserved specifically for refugees, our services in general should always be considered to be available for all groups, regardless of nationality. Our projects are intended to help disadvantaged and poverty-stricken communities, meaning that we are always available to help refugee groups and any others that have fallen on hard times.