CARE began work in Jordan in 1948 to meet the needs of Palestinian refugees displaced with the creation of Israel. Currently, economic participation of women remains lower here than in other countries in the region despite comparatively higher educational attainment. Traditional values that restrict women’s rights are compounded by discrimination in the workplace. Jordan also has one of the lowest levels of water resource availability per capita in the world.
As the population doubles over the next two decades, water scarcity will become an even greater problem and will challenge farmers to improve food security through environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.
Jordan has hosted up to 800,000 refugees fleeing violence and insecurity in Iraq between 2003 and 2009, 10,000s of whom still live in Jordan. Since 2011 until today, the country has been home to more than 660,000 refugees to date who have fled the conflict in Syria. Additionally, CARE supports refugees from other nationalities, such as Palestinians, Sudanese, and Somalians, as well as vulnerable Jordanians.
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Migrating to the Sun
CARE Jordan has a program where refugees from Iraq come together to learn literacy, form creative teams, and work with the elderly. Women are taught team-building and skills like embroidery and cooking, and create products that can be sold to help generate revenue for their family.
SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
The ongoing armed conflict in Syria has affected more than 8.6 million people, including 4 million children. We’re working to help the more than 2 million Syrian refugees struggling to survive.