The Syria Fund partners with local organizations in Jordan that touch the lives of refugees living outside of UN-administered refugee camps through community building, education initiatives and direct giving.
Meet Our Partners:
Helping refugees in jordan (HRJ) - Amman, Jordan
Catherine Ashcroft is the director of HRJ & Mobilization Specialist for Mercy Corps International. She has been living in the Middle East with her family for the better part of the last 10 years. In 2012, she started collecting discarded items from friends and families and bringing them to communities with large refugee populations. Quickly, her two car garage became a massive sorting center, housing donations and items purchased in bulk for distribution. What began as a minor volunteer effort has blossomed into a charity, HRJ, that helps thousands of people. The Syria Fund works with HRJ to address emergency needs by providing critically-needed items like food packages, warm blankets, hygiene items, medical equipment and more.
SOUth azraq women's association (SAWA) - Azraq, jordan
Our partner Nofa has been director of the South Azraq Women's Association (SAWA) since the 1990s, when Azraq was a small town of 9,000. Today, she serves a community nearly twice the size, including over 8,000 Syrian refugees – about 2,000 of whom are young children who have missed years of school. Around the perimeter of SAWA’s property, Nofa has been able to set up three caravan classrooms that serve 110 children through the help of partner organizations like ours and donors like you. The kids come five days a week and learn Reading, Writing, and Math. We are so impressed with Nofa and her organization and are thrilled to be helping expand the capacity of her school by supporting fulltime teachers, building a library/community room and bringing our Songs For Syrians music program to the school!
white hands association (WHA) - badia SHMALIYYA, JORDAN
Zeinab runs The White Hands Association, a small charity located in Badia Shmaliyya, an area in Northeast Jordan. Many Syrian bedouins have fled the war to take refuge in this extremely rural, desert area. Zeinab and her organization find isolated groups of refugees and help respond to their emergency needs. These families are living deep in poverty and don’t have access to many basic items. Until recently, there were no schools for over 500 children in communities nearby. Through Zeinab’s organization, The Syria Fund has helped establish three semi-permanent classrooms and a large village school that now host classes for many of these children. Zeinab additionally coordinates with the leaders of each community to establish programs and address more immediate needs, like winter preparation.
MIDDLE EAST CHILDREN'S INSTITUTE (MECI) - AMMAN, JORDAN
MECI has created and implements an Informal Education Program for Syrian refugee children and out of school Jordanian children who live in close proximity with refugees. They now reach more than 1,800 students in the cities of Ramtha, Irbid and Salt. MECI's program targets children aged 6-12, who do not reside in refugee camps, providing learning in English, Math, and Arabic. The Syria Fund is working with MECI to help expand their extracurricular programs and support new teachers.