Winter deals brutal blow to Jordan
This winter came abruptly. For Jordanians facing the brutal elements of winter, time is not a luxury. IRUSA is working around the clock to turn donations into winter support. We want to ensure that the families are prepared to make it through the frigid temperatures. One of IRUSA’s most critical projects is winterization, where your support helps prepare communities to survive the biting cold. If we act now we can provide items like food, medical aid, water, blankets, mattresses, plastic sheeting, plastic mats, shoes, jackets, hats, sweatshirts, gloves, waterproof coats, and socks. Throughout this entire winter they will live in below freezing temperatures, sometimes without any source of heat. They shouldn’t have to face this winter alone.
Jordan’s population has doubled 12 times during the past 60 years, according to the United Nations. Large influxes of refugees from neighboring areas, including Palestine and Iraq, and most recently, hundreds of thousands from Syria, present significant challenges for Jordan, which possesses limited natural resources.
The United Nations reports that Jordan has done remarkably well in its fight against poverty; however, waves of population growth have strained the country’s infrastructure, resources and basic services, and affected the jobs opportunities available. Pockets of poverty remain, especially in rural communities.
IRUSA donors are working to serve both the refugees who are now in Jordan, and native Jordanians who live in impoverished conditions.
Islamic Relief began working in Jordan in 1997.