Our work in Jordan forms part of our overall response for Syrian refugee children. Please refer to the figures for our Syrian Response.
Jordan has been a haven for refugees from across the Middle East throughout its history. Jordan is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe - and the small Kingdom has sometimes struggled to accommodate the large number of refugees entering the country. This internal pressure has had a negative effect on Jordan’s social and economic stability.
The effects of the conflicts in both neighbouring Syria and Iraq have increased pressures inside Jordan in recent years. Jordan currently hosts some 630,000 Syrian refugees - the second-highest refugee rate per person in the world.
The majority of these refugees are children living in poverty who are exposed to a number of threats to their safety. These threats include child labour, forced marriage and violent punishment at home.
War Child Holland works in partnership with War Child UK inside Jordan. We are responding to the urgent needs of Jordanian children, Syrian child refugees and other vulnerable children with our Time to Be a Child programme. In addition, work is underway to roll out our education technology initiative Can’t Wait to Learn in Jordan.
Time to Be a Child: This project - funded by IKEA Foundation - sees ‘Safe Spaces’ established where vulnerable children can play, learn and develop in peaceful environments. The project is designed to protect Syrian children and vulnerable children within host communities from abuse and exploitation and provide them with the skills and resources to foster their resilience and healthy development.