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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

CISLE’s Benefits Spread Across

Posted by Natasa Ruka

Principal Hala Ayash sat proudly with teachers, students, community members, parliamentarians, and officials from the Ministry of Education Directorate in Mafraq. It was Hai um Nuwara school’s open house and celebration of Jordan’s independence day, May 25. Hala’s school is a neighbor of the Al Fadayn Basic School in Mafraq, one of 20 public schools participat... more

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

The Fountain of Youth

Posted by Natasa Ruka

“Syrians don’t know how to sit,” says 24-year-old Mahmoud as he slowly twists the barrel of a gun into a knot. “Look at the culture we have built in Za’atari, the city, the life. It’s not much but we built it.” If one looks beyond the challenges of this refugee camp, putting on hold the need to clean city streets and fill water tanks and push young children... more

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

Imagining the People, Not the Numbers

Posted by Natasa Ruka

“My life is nothing if I give nothing,” says 24-year-old Mohammad al-Balki. Mohammad has been living in the Za’atari refugee camp since March 2014 and works with IRD as a social worker in the District 10 community center. He writes, “I feel hopeful since every day I meet new people with new needs. I seek to help them, to feel them. Such people don’t need money... more

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