Education and Protection for Syrians and vulnerable Jordanians - Phase II
This project aims to foster resilience and protection of Syrian refugees and host community members and increase the protection of refugee and Jordanian girls and boys from GBV and child protection risks.
1) Increased access to education for children who are at risk of or have already dropped out of school due to their engagement in the labour market or early/ child marriage;
2) Improved access of Syrian refugee households to assistance information and protection services through the Case Management service;
3) Improved mental health and emotional wellbeing of Syrian refugees and Jordanians;
4) Improved emotional well-being of CARE’s front line employees to avoid their burnout.
A total of 1,810 persons will benefit directly from the project in Amman, Mafraq, Irbid, and Zarqa:
1) Reduced protection risks and vulnerability of Syrian and Jordanian children (658 children, 50% Syrian, 50% Jordanian);
2) Positive coping mechanisms and protection for the most vulnerable Syrian refugee and Jordanian beneficiaries in governorates of Amman, Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa have been strengthened. (300 beneficiaries and 50% Syrian, 50% Jordanian), and peer-to-peer activities (50 beneficiaries and 50% Syrian, 50% Jordanian);
3) CARE’s front-line employees improved their self-care awareness and stress management skills that are important to avoid burnout (52 employees).
Indirect beneficiaries: 8,668 persons
-Identify and select beneficiaries
-Distribute cash assistance to conditional cash for protection and education (CCPE) beneficiaries for 5 months during the scholastic year;
-Follow up with schools and caregivers on students' attendance to school and academic performance;
-Conduct Case Management sessions for targeted households to determine their needs, risks, and vulnerabilities;
-Design the referral plan and conduct the internal and external referrals;
-Conduct psychosocial support activities and peer-to-peer group sessions for targeted participants;
-Conduct self-care activities for front-line staff about team building activities, stress management, and individual consultation sessions.
This project targets four urban areas of Jordan, where the majority of Syrian refugees reside, including Amman, Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa. In general, the refugee population in Jordan is young, with 48% of Syrian refugees under the age of 18, and 30% ages 18-35, according to UNHCR. The presence of COVID-19, until a vaccine is disseminated, will likely negatively impact the country situation, and especially vulnerable groups. 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 –with long-lasting effects.
CARE aims to address children’s education and protection needs and increase their access/return to schools’ protective environments, via its Conditional Cash for Protection and Education Program (CCPE), whereby increasing both their academic and future opportunities, as well as their family’s ability to meet basic needs. It is clear that without CARE’s financial support, the children‘s access to education is severely compromised. In the absence of robust social protection and income generating opportunities for refugee families, CARE’s CCPE program covers a critical gap. Beneficiaries of the CCPE are referred to CARE’s Psychosocial Support sessions and activities (PSS) to raise awareness amongst parents and children about positive coping mechanisms to ensure that such will be adapted in lieu of the enforced child labor and early marriage. Based on the previous ADA funded Education and Protection project in 2019-2020, CARE will implement a complementary set of interventions to increase beneficiaries’ protection and access to education, and ensuring that vulnerable host communities and Syrian refugees in Jordan have access to an inclusive environment and are protected from harm. The external evaluation in August 2020 of the previous intervention, confirmed that, the combination of case management, information provision and psychosocial support activities, and Conditional Cash for Protection and Education Program (CCPE) increased beneficiaries’ capacity to utilize positive rather than negative coping mechanisms, to deal with stress even during the COVID-19 pandemic.