Map of JordanJordan

Thousands of Syrians have fled to Jordan due to events in neighboring Syria afflicted by civil war since 2013. The Jordanian economy is exhausted by large numbers of refugees and the problem becomes unbearable for this country. Caritas Czech Republic therefore supported the provision of humanitarian assistance in the form of vouchers for food and clothing or in the form of allowances to rent shelters.

Since 2014 Caritas Czech Republic helped Syrian refugees established in Jordan and the Jordanian domestic population to cope with the effects of the Syrian crisis and to contribute to a peaceful and democratic transformation of Syria after the conflict ended.

Information about activities in Jordan in 2015 (both in English and Czech) here.

A Delegation from the European Union visited small entrepreneurs in Jordan

Many ways of handwork.

Over the last two and a half years, Caritas Czech Republic along with Caritas Jordan endeavoured to develop the work capacity of Syrian refugees and their Jordanian hosts. The aim being that the refugees will be able to conduct their own gainful activity. After courses in diverse skills (e. g. sewing, cooking and jewellery making courses) Caritas also provided to successful graduates with material and financial relief to establish an enterprise. Delegates of the European Union accompanied by charity workers came to see four entrepreneurs at towards the end of the program.

Amman hosted a fair of successful small businesses

Proud new businesswoman (photo: Caritas Jordan).

Since March 2014 Caritas Czech Republic, together with Caritas Jordan, has been helping displaced Syrians and Jordanian hosts to develop skills that will enable them to build their own source of livelihood. Both organizations provided courses and subsequent material and financial support for start-ups in six areas of Jordan. They also arranged for the provision of psychological assistance and general skills training for around 1,200 people.

Skills for better future – a story of resilience and hope

Basima Ibrahim.

Accompanied by her husband, three sons and two daughters, 53 years old Syrian, Basima Ibrahim, had arrived in Jordan four years ago. During the peace time back at home, the family had decent living and was leading a normal life. Being teacher herself and the husband earning from tailoring profession, they had enough to provide almost all basic necessities of life to their family. The conflict in her area made it impossible to continue staying there and they had to decide to leave.

Among Jordanians

Jorge Nuño Mayer with workers of Caritas Jordan.

"We Europeans have the natural tendency to see things in the European way. Well, maybe it’s not just European, but very human to always see ourselves at the centre of world happenings, to think of our own social, cultural and political codes as the normal ones, even the (only) good ones." Read more about thoughts of Jorge Nuño Mayer, Secretary General of Caritas Europa on a caritas.eu.

Refugees in Jordan learn more about small businesses

During a training.

Two weeks ago, a training session for refugees from Syria took place in six Jordanian areas. The refugees learned how to work out a business plan and how to set up their own micro-enterprises. By June 2016, it is expected that 150 people will have taken part in the course. So far, the refugees have already participated in programmes regarding the improvement of practical skills.

Despite strict laws, support for Syrians in Jordan does not stop

Products of participants of food processing course.

Caritas CR managed to extend their existing activities in Jordan until the end of 2015. However the original plans have been unset by the Jordanian government action on the issue of the rights of Syrian refugees. They can no longer attend apprenticeships or internships. They also cannot establish their own business or be employed, a law that fundamentally changed the form of charity collaboration in Jordan.

The second phase of an EU-funded project in Jordan is approaching the end

Women from Syria have received their certificate (photo: Rudi Koegler).

The European Union has awarded a grant of 1,2 million JOD (more than CZK 41 million) to support refugees from Syria and socially disadvantaged Jordanians who suffer from the effects of the crisis in the Middle East.

The unclear future for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Rasha and her daughter Tania in room in one of the charity shelters (photo: Caritas Jordan).

Jordan is currently hosting the 1.4 million Syrians, 500,000 Iraqis, 500,000 Palestinians and 35,000 displaced residents of Yemen. Caritas Jordan provides them with food, shelter, medical care, advice, training and other means of assistance. The number of people in need is staggering, but for each refugee who receives aid, a small victory is made.

European Union to Finalize Phase II of Reinforced Life Skills Project

European Union to Finalize Phase II of Reinforced Life Skills Project

With a grant of JOD1.2 million, The European Union is supporting Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians who suffer from the impact of the current crisis in the region. A total of 1,200 people are trained in life skills and practical, professional and technical skills in six different training locations of Caritas all over Jordan.

Syrian conflict has a harmful impact on the Jordanian economy

Humanitarian aid.

There are now approximately 650 000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. Jordanians share their homes, schools, hospitals, job opportunities, even their depleted water stores with them. The refugee presence has a significant negative effect on the national economy with the capacity for providing humanitarian aid in Jordan having been fully saturated.