Helping Refugees in Jordan
The Mandala Trust is delighted to be working with the volunteer organisation Helping Refugees in Jordan in its inspiring projects to provide high quality, compassionate education for traumatised Syrian and Iraqi refugee children.
HRJ and its grassroots partners have recently set up two schools. The Hope School, near Amman, opened in September 2016 and now has 75 pupils. The Al Rahlan School, in the northern region, is a ‘scattered’ school based in tents, cabins and a villa near to where refugees are working in poor conditions on farms. It has 475 pupils. The teachers, refugees themselves, were trained in Syria or Iraq – as the schools are a charitable project, they are allowed to work here, and their income will be vitally important for both their families and the impoverished local communities in which they live.
The award-winning author Elizabeth Laird has written Welcome to Nowhere, a novel inspired by her meetings with refugees in Jordan. It is published by Macmillan Children’s Books. The Mandala Trust is working with Elizabeth to raise funds which will be passed on by the Mandala Trust to HRJ for their projects, giving young refugees the skills and support they need to begin rebuilding their lives.
- 5 million Syrians have become refugees since civil war began in 2011
- 1 million of these have fled to Jordan, increasing its population by around 8% (equivalent to the UK taking in all 5 million Syrian refugees)
- 20% of Syrian refugees in Jordan live in large camps supported by the UN and aid agencies; the remaining 80% receive little or no food aid and no medical support, and do not have work permits
- Jordan has also received many Iraqi refugees fleeing Isis-controlled areas; they have no access to UN support or medical care
- Many refugees have moved into already improverished communities, adding to the strain on facilities such as education, training and healthcare
- Syrian refugee children can register with a local government school, but places are limited and the schools are underfunded. Iraqi refugee children are not eligible for any state education
If you are inspired to fundraise for HRJ’s work in Jordan helping young refugees, let us know and we can send you information and Gift Aid forms; there is also an online donation facility at MyDonate that you can use.