Education and Protection for Syrians and vulnerable Jordanians
The overall goal of the project is to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience of refugee and host community women, girls, men and boys to recover from the protracted Syrian crisis and COVID-19 pandemic. (Contribution to SDGs 1, 3 and 4 and to the EU GAP II thematic objectives ‘Ensuring freedom from all forms of gender-based violence’ and 'Strengthening economic and social rights and empowering girls and women'.)
1) People, including those with psychosocial problems, improve their social and emotional wellbeing;
2) Reduced protection risks, and improved social and emotional learning competencies of children at risk of being Out of School (OOS);
3) Targeted households recipients of Conditional Cash Assistance and livelihoods support are able to protect and start rebuilding livelihood assets;
4) CARE’s staff improved their self-care awareness and stress management skills that are important to avoid burnout.
Unique direct beneficiaries: 1,560 people (250 girls, 250 boys, at least 780 female beneficiaries) will receive at least one service which may include including Conditional Cash Assistance, Case Management (CM), Psychosocial support (PSS), access to Village Savings and Loans groups (VSLA), Vocational Trainings or micro enterprises. In order to address multi-dimensional needs and increase resilience this project will ensure that most beneficiaries will receive multiple services.
The action will target at least 50% female beneficiaries and 50% female headed households for CM.
Estimated unique indirect beneficiaries: 7,488.
This project targets four urban areas of Jordan, where the majority of Syrian refugees reside, including Amman, Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa.
Conduct CM sessions for targeted households to determine their needs, risks, and vulnerabilities; Design the referral plan and conduct the internal and external referrals; Identify and select the participants of psychosocial support activities (including non-structured, semi-structures and structured); Conduct recreational and awareness raising sessions activities for targeted participants; Conduct peer-to-peer group sessions; Conduct Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) focused PSS with children and parents; Identify, assess, and select Conditional Cash for Protection and Education (CCPE) beneficiaries; Distribute conditional cash assistance to CCPE beneficiaries; Follow up with schools and caregivers on students' attendance to school and academic performance; Provide academic support to participant children; Conduct vocational training programs for Syrians and Jordanians; Distribute Start up kits to the participants of the vocational training program; Conduct small business development training for Syrians and Jordanians; Distribute financial grants to the participants of the small business development training program; Mobilize community members to form VSLA groups; Support Village Savings and Loans Associations groups through at least one cycle; Conduct self-care activities for front-line staff about team building activities, stress management, and individual consultation sessions.
In general, the refugee population in Jordan is young, with 48.6% of Syrian refugees under the age of 18, and 29.1% ages 18-35, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Informed by past public health emergencies, CARE’s analysis shows that COVID-19 outbreaks in humanitarian contexts could disproportionately affect women and girls, with adverse effects on their education, food security and nutrition, health, livelihoods, and protection—even with long-lasting effects. Child labour and early marriage were cited in CARE’s Annual Needs Assessment 2020 as activated coping mechanisms due to the high stress and needs brought upon by COVID-19 due to difficult conditions in Jordan and economic poverty. However, early marriage is also deeply rooted in the beliefs and social norms of the Syrian and Jordanian society.