In Jordan, we have already delivered the first 200 masks to the schoolchildren who took part in our educational reinforcement project. These are children of Syrian refugee families who do not have access to formal education in Jordanian public schools, many of which are at maximum capacity, due to the lack of resources or because they have not been in school for years. Global Humanitaria, through its counterpart Al Mahd, provides them with reinforcement classes to improve their learning, so that they can go to a regular school as soon as possible and so have the chance of a future.
Although schools are closed at present, in-person education is expected to resume in February. So, in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and their families, Global Humanitaria is aiming to obtain enough donations to deliver 2000 more face masks. Will you help us to achieve our goal? You can make your donation.
Education as a basic right
Despite the difficulties and restrictions imposed by the pandemic, whenever possible, Global Humanitaria and Al Mahd have continued their work in Amman and Madaba, reducing the number of children per classroom and increasing the number of classes taught, while adhering to preventive measures in terms of safety and hygiene. As well as classes, therapeutic activities are carried out adapted to the life experience of these children, who, in addition to the pandemic, have suffered exile, separation from and loss of family members. We have delivered clothing, backpacks, and school material for 120 students and we have distributed food packages to families in situations of extreme vulnerability. While in Amman, we are still in the same location (Abu Nseir), in Madaba, we have moved into a refugee settlement (Hai Nazzal) with the aim of expanding the reach of our work, especially now with the crisis situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Refugees in the country next door
Jordan is host to more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees who, after 10 years of war, still cannot return to their home country. The conflicts in neighbouring countries, the influx of refugees, and the pandemic have left the Jordanian economy in a critical state, which particularly affects those who were already in a more vulnerable situation, such as the refugee population, with problems of access to work, health care, and education. Despite the efforts of the Jordanian government, many of them remain beyond the reach of aid and assistance.
To date, there are 321,298 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 4329 deaths. (Source: WHO)