CARE FOR JAMEELEH
CARE’s community centers witness many remarkable cases on daily basis, but some cases are more memorable than others.
While having a snack and enjoying his orange juice, 9 year old Khalid reflected on his experience in the International Medical Corps’ (IMC) Adolescent Friendly Space (AFS) programme.
Hasna, 34, gave birth to her fifth daughter in Jordan. They named her Jawaher, meaning “diamonds”. Strong. Rare. Precious.
A WISH FOR QAMAR
Eight-year-old Qamar isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up. She’s trying to decide between becoming a doctor, so that she can cure people who ask for her help, or a tailor, to be able sew dresses for her toys.
DISCOVERING HER GIFT
Throughout her childhood, Fatima struggled to cope with her hearing impairment. She felt alienated from her peers, and her parents had difficulty handling her special needs. Discriminatory beliefs about disabled people were common.
A SWIMMING POOL IN THE DESERT photo essay
3,600 cubic meters of water is the equivalent of nearly 1.5 Olympic swimming pools. Nearly all of this water must be pumped from the aquifer 500 meters below the ground in Za’atari, loaded into one of around 80 delivery trucks, and delivered to thousands of locations over the 5 square miles of the camp in order to provide water to its nearly 80,000 residents. Every day.
PLANTING SEEDS FOR HER SONS' FUTURES
When Aisha’s husband retired from the military, the responsibility of providing for their family of 14 fell on her shoulders. Her sons were starting university, and this would mean extra expenses to pay for their fees.
SPACE TO LEARN
When Suhair Abdulhadi, principal of Al Taibeh Primary School for Girls in Al Taibeh, Irbid, had to inform a parent that their child could not be enrolled because the overcrowded school could not accommodate any more students, they weren’t deterred: “If there are no desks in the classroom, no problem, I’ll buy her a chair!”
A DESERT OASIS
When Fatima first arrived in Za’atari Camp, she felt that she was carrying a sadness that she could not escape. Even spending time with her friends couldn’t bring relief. They would reminisce about life in Syria, but these memories only filled her heart with grief. It was affecting every aspect of her life, even the time she spent with her children.
WHAT REGISTRATION MEANS FOR ME
The UNHCR registration center in Khalda is capable of carrying out up to 2,500 interviews in a single day. Today however, on a hot Monday in August 2015, there is no queue of people snaking back and forth in front of the center in West Amman. This is partly the result of the low number of new registrants, unlike at the beginning of the crisis when up to 3000 Syrian refugees flowed over the country’s border every day, today most of those visiting the center do so to renew their Asylum Seekers Certificate.
HERITAGE ARTS AND CRAFTS AS A SOURCE OF RESILIENCE IN MAFRAQ
Life has always been challenging for the people of Mafraq but, since the Syria crisis began, day-to-day life has gotten tougher for the Bedouin families from the northern governorates.
FINDING SOLACE IN FRIENDSHIP AND SOLAR LIGHTS
Umm Adi and Umm Hassan are neighbors and best friends; they met in Za’atari Camp more than a year ago. Both women fled Syria with their young families, arriving in Jordan traumatized by the violence and bloodshed they had witnessed.
A NEW PROSTHESIS FOR SAFA
In June 2013, five year old Safa was seriously injured in a bombing raid in Syria which resulted in the amputation of her right leg, prompting her family to flee the fighting and take refuge in Jordan.
THE POWER OF EDUCATION
Hamza carries himself with a stoicism that you would likely associate with someone older. Even though he is only 11 years old, he has had to grow up fast.
IBRAHIM'S DESIRE FOR DIGNITY
Ibrahim is eighteen years old and lives in Mafraq with his parents and five younger siblings. His father is retired, meaning that Ibrahim must work to support his family. But finding work is no easy task in Jordan, where the unemployment rate for youth aged 15-19 stands at 36 per cent. Also, Ibrahim suffers from a congenital deformity that has left him with no fingers on one hand.
“I AM SAFE, I PLAY, I CONNECT”
There is a football championship happening Za’atari refugee camp, and Omar  has his eye on the prize. The key to his team’s impending success? Teamwork.
SOCIAL CHANGE FROM THE BOTTOM UP
Standing among the ruins of what is claimed to be the site of the world’s oldest church, 22 year old Hanine reflects on the many challenges she has had to overcome to get to this point. She is one of around 25 Jordanian women and men working tirelessly to restore this archeological treasure in what is the first of a three phase UNDP project that aims to create sustainable livelihoods in the beleaguered governorate of Mafraq.