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Health Team Vaccinates 17,000 Children Against Polio

Posted by IRD HQ

Following IRD’s seventh polio vaccination campaign, UNHCR reports that 96 percent of girls and 99 percent of boys under age 5 in the Za’atari refugee camp have received polio vaccinations. In just five days, IRD health workers passed their goal of immunizing the 16,000 children throughout the camp. Due to outbreaks of the devastating disease worldwide, the... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Health & Hygiene, Jobs, Refugees, Women & Gender, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

IRD Communal Kitchens in Syrian Refugee Camps Across Jordan

Posted by IRD HQ

“My parents’ house was bombed yesterday and their home destroyed,” says Wisal, 35, a Syrian refugee who has been living in King Abdullah Park Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Irbid, Jordan, for nearly three years. Wisal and her family of eight are part of a close-knit community of 700 refugees who live in the camp. Wisal is preparing lunch for her family in... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Jobs, Refugees, Women & Gender, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

Together We Will Make a More Beautiful Future

Posted by Noelle Wright

“No one saw the crying women, suffering children, or the depths of the wounds. We use art to show these things to the world,” explains Mahmoud, 24, who lives in Za’atari refugee camp. Before seeking refuge in Jordan, Mahmoud used to display his artwork in his hometown of Dara’a, Syria. He says, “Art is the language I speak.” At a local gallery in Amman, IRD... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Refugees, Youth, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan

Getting Mohammed Back on His Feet

Posted by IRD HQ

Six-year-old Mohammed was playing football with a group of boys in the gravel streets of  Za’atari refugee camp when he was hit by a car. IRD transported Mohammed to the hospital. Due to severe damage to his spine, doctors prescribed bed rest, requiring Mohammed to lay immobile on a single mattress in his home. Doctors felt there was only a small chance that M... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Refugees, Women & Gender, Youth, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria

E-Zines in Record Time

Posted by Noelle Wright

One-hundred and twenty eager faces looked on as the names of the winning community electronic magazines, or “e-zines,” were announced. Only a month earlier, members of the media team convened at one of the 20 targeted schools for the second training session on media and communication under the Cultivating Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environments (CISLE) project. Du... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Education, Youth, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan