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Country Info

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 been host to an estimated 450,000 refugees fleeing violence and insecurity in Iraq and 580,000 refugees to date from the Syria conflict. We are working to meet the needs of poor farmers, women, and these refugees, all affected by conflict, economic disparity, discrimination or a fragile resource base.

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Our Work in Jordan

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

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More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

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Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

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“Sometimes we only had dry bread and water”: Volunteering Brings Life and Hope to Azraq Camp

“Sometimes we only had dry bread and water”: Volunteering Brings Life and Hope to Azraq Camp

Thunayya is one of some 20,000 Syrian refugees residing in Azraq camp, and one of 1,800 participating in an incentive-based volunteer program in the camp, according to a recent assessment by CARE International in Jordan.

One year ago, Thunayya fled her city of Al Qunaytra and the war that enveloped it. She has lived in the camp ever since. Today she is volunteering as a cleaner, earning about US$8.50 per day. At the age of 48, this is the first time Thunayya has ever worked, as she must now provide for herself and her 85-year old father, her only dependent.

“When we arrived...

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"Need is the Mother of All Invention”: Syrian refugees using innovation to improve their lives

Aeed Aloosh, 50, sits in the relative cool of his shelter, protected from the sweltering desert temperatures outside. Using found materials, he and his sons have improved the insulation in their shelters, adding a layer to better protect them from the heat and cold, blocked spaces where winter rains were leaking in, and built cupboards to store their few belongings. They have shaded their windows from the sun, while still allowing a flow of air through the small living space. It is nothing compared to their home in Syria, but they have done what they can to make it comfortable. Outside the...

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Assessment of Skills & Market Opportunities for Youth in Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan

A Summary Report

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Syria Crisis: Registration of four millionth Syrian refugee is alarming, says CARE

AMMAN, Jordan—(July 9, 2015)– More than four years after the beginning of the Syrian conflict, a staggering four million Syrian refugees have been registered in the region by UNHCR; further proof that this protracted crisis is one of the worst in recent history, says aid organization CARE.

“The ongoing conflict in Syria has affected more than half of the nation’s population of 23 million people, four million of whom felt they had no other choice than to flee their country and are now living as refugees,” said Holly Solberg, Regional MENA Director for CARE. “...

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Syria Crisis: Evidence of worsening conditions as Syrian refugees in Jordan run out of resources, says CARE report

AMMAN, Jordan—June 30, 2015-- Syrian refugees in Jordan continue to face immense and increasing challenges leading to grave concerns about their vulnerability and protection, says a new study from CARE International. The report, “Five Years into Exile”, points to reduced levels of assistance and access to services, lack of sustainable livelihoods, and complicated registration procedures as factors contributing to deepening hardship for approximately 630,000 registered...

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Women and Girls Lead Global: Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Combining world-class documentary films and local engagement campaigns, Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG) advances gender equality and women’s empowerment by engaging with communities through media.

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Syrian refugees facing risks as child laborers, loss education, says CARE

AMMAN, Jordan (June 12, 2015) — On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labor on June 12, the humanitarian agency CARE is highlighting concerns that Syrian refugee children, with few options and little choice, are being forced to enter the labor market, losing educational opportunities and facing increased protection risks.

At least four million Syrians have fled their homeland, seeking refuge in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt. In Jordan, there are approximately 630,000 registered Syrian refugees living mostly in urban...

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Syria Crisis: A Mother Negotiates the Space Between her Family’s Wellbeing and Child Labor

In April 2012, Fairouz*, 27, fled her home near Homs in Syria, with her husband and five children. Their house had been bombed and there was little left but to escape with their lives. When they arrived in Jordan, they stayed only one night in Zaatari camp before Jordanian relatives sponsored them, providing them with “bail-out,” so the family could move to an urban center. But life in the city was not easier.

“There were 30 people in two rooms,” Fairouz describes their life with relatives. “We stayed with them for four months, but then moved out. It was very stressful and the...

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Syria Crisis: Rescued Love Finds a Safe Haven

Ibrahim and his wife Fatima fled their home in Idlib, Syria to Jordan and have been living in Azraq camp for only 15 days. While this is their first time in a refugee camp; life in Jordan is not completely new to Ibrahim. “I worked in farming in the Jordan valley and Mafraq, and used to live between Jordan and Syria,” says Ibrahim, 26. “But when the conflict started I remained in Jordan continuously for two years and a half.” However, Ibrahim returned to Syria for the sake of his true love.

“Fatima and I had been in love for seven years when I heard in the summer that someone else...

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Syria Crisis: Finding Home Elsewhere

In April 2011, approximately one month after the beginning of the conflict in Syria , Fayez, his wife, and their six children had to flee their village in Homs. They remained displaced, moving from place to place across the country, for more than three years. Then, on the third of May 2014, the family crossed into Jordan where they were taken immediately to Azraq refugee camp, which had opened a few days earlier.

“I started working at the age of 17,” says 45-year-old Fayez. “It was a bit difficult for me to adapt to camp-...

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