Success Stories » Middle East & North Africa

E-Zines in Record Time

Posted by IRD HQ

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

The Fountain of Youth

Posted by IRD HQ

“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 IRD HQ

“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

IRD Vaccinates 18,000 Children in Five Days

Posted by IRD HQ

After several weeks of raising awareness and internal training, IRD’s health team organized 30 groups of four health workers to locate and vaccinate every child in the Za’atari refugee camp against polio. After receiving word of a case in Iraq, notice came from the Ministry of Health and UNHCR that IRD would help lead the Za’tari piece of this national vaccina... more

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

The Spark That Lit the Flame

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Principal Mohammad stepped into Sayed bin al Musayeb school in Zarqa for his first day as head of the school. Trash was piled high in the school yard. Students were yelling to each other through the barred classroom windows. Inside, the walls and floors were grey with dirt. The student bathrooms were broken and staff bathrooms were flooded. The closest working... more

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