Orthodox Initiative Summer Service for Refugees in Jordan
The summer service program started in April 2018 supporting the Syrian refugees in Northern Badia in the province of Mafraq, Jordan, which includes three unofficial tented settlements: al-Faisaliah Camp, Naifah Camp, and Sabha camp. The total number of beneficiaries are about 750 people. In addition, the program assisted about 700 Iraqi refugees, located in Amman.
Report prepared by Mr. Azmi Edwan, Program Coordinator, The Orthodox Initiative
What we have implemented:
Situation: In al-Faisalia Camp, the scarcity of water supplies and salty water from nearby farms are not suitable for drinking. The Orthodox Initiative is addressing this by buying drinking water tanks throughout the summer from April through Sept. 2018.
2. Distribution of detergent and Women’s Dignity parcels
Situation: The refugees are unable to purchase the detergent material items due to their poor financial situation so the Orthodox Initiative has undertaken to distribute detergent parcels for the three camps for 150 families, and to distribute women dignity parcels for 100 women at the camps.
3. Food Parcels
The Orthodox Initiative has distributed a total of 240 food parcels for the Iraqi refugee families through the Syrian Orthodox Church in Amman, including about 700 beneficiaries. It has also distributed 150 food parcels at the Northern Badia camps for the Syrian refugees and the beneficiaries are about 750 persons.
4. Ramadan Iftar (meal to break the daylight fast)
During the Holy month of Ramadan, group Iftars were held for all the families at the two camps, Al-Faisaliah and Naifah. Mansaf is the traditional food, and was the meal served with sweets and drinks for all families.
5. Vocational Training and Tent Activities
For women, embroidery was taught at Al Faisalia camp, where 25 Syrian women gathered who had finished their wool knitting course in the winter and were encouraged to join the new course. For the children at Al-Faisalia camp, the Orthodox Initiative provided opportunities for courses in English, music, and sports.