Since we started operation, late 2015 we collaborated with different communities within Jordan and Lebanon for our Art For Hope initiative and we hope to expand the giving back into other countries in the near future.
We work with marginalized communities where art is neglected and children are living in distressed conditions, such as refugee camps, orphanages and underprivileged school.
We like to build a personal relationship with the people of the communities and get an insight on their daily lives through visiting them, listening to their stories and spending time at the communities.
Why Start With Jordan?
Given its location, Jordan has served as a safe haven for refugees from all over the Middle East.
According to Jordan Times, 2.9 million non-Jordanians live in Jordan out of Jordan’s total population of 9.5 million, representing 30.6 per cent of overall population.
Of the total non-Jordanian population, 1.265 million are Syrians, 634,182 are Palestinians who do not have national ID numbers, 130,911 are Iraqi nationals, 31,163 are Yemenis and 22,700 are Libyans.
In summary, the country is an asylum for many people and is in a poor economical situation itself.
These are some of the communities that we worked with:
Za'atari Refugee Camp
Our first mission took place at the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, one of the biggest refugee camps in the world.
The camp hosts around 80,000 Syrian refugees, with more than 50% below the age of 18 years old. Updated Population Census.
Click here to know more about our first giving back project in Za'atari Refugee Camp: Our First Giving Back Mission
Jerash Refugee Camp (Also know as Gaza Camp)
Gaza camp was set up in Jordan in 1968 for 11,500 Palestine refugees who left the Gaza Strip as a result of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
According to the UNRWA, today more than 29,000 registered Palestine refugees live in Jerash camp, in a 0.75 sqm area.
According to a FaFo report published in 2013, Jerash camp is the poorest among the ten Palestine refugee camps in Jordan, with 52.7 percent of Palestine refugees having an income below the national poverty line of JD 814.
Refugees in this camp were not granted Jordanian citizenship which means that they do not hold a national ID number.
SOS Children's Village
For children from the region who are no longer able to live with their parents, such as orphans, SOS families can provide a home.
In each family, the children live with their brothers and sisters, cared for by their SOS mother.
Due to the lack of funds and with an estimated 230,000 school aged Syrian children in Jordan as a result of the Syria crisis refugee influx, a big number of the public schools in Jordan lack resources and are in very poor conditions.