Finn Church Aid’s (FCA) work in Jordan focuses on assisting Syrian refugees with non-formal education, vocational skills and psychosocial support. The aim is to instill hope, particularly in young people.
FCA established its country office in Jordan’s capital Amman in September 2012. We work with Syrian refugees in the refugee camps Za’atari and Azraq, and in host communities in Amman, Irbid and Zarqa. Our focus is particularly on youth aged 12–30.
FCA offers Syrian refugees English language classes, IT-skills, craft workshops and vocational training. Language skills open wider employment opportunities for refugees, which makes them more independent.
FCA has successfully harnessed the skills and expertise of refugees and local community members as teachers and trainers to support educational activities through a cash-for-work program. In order to assure the mutual benefits of their involvement, FCA has consistently provided these teachers and trainers with not only incomes, but also capacity building to strengthen their professional expertise.
Young people also receive psychosocial support from sports and other leisure activities, like circus, football, karate and music. These activities help young people to overcome traumatic events from the war in Syria and the journey to Jordan as well as instill some hope in them.
For the purpose of encouraging women to attend provided activities, FCA opened in partnership with PLAN International early childhood care and development (ECCD) centers in Azraq camp and FCA’s center in East Amman.
With the provision of the safe environment for children and toddlers, young mothers and women were able to develop their skills and competencies. Hence, woman-headed families were able to ensure sufficient income and decent life conditions for themselves and their families.
With growing confidence, young people have begun to draw goals for themselves and make plans for the future. The activities also benefit entire families and people in the camp by decreasing tensions that rise from frustration after spending years as refugees.
FCA also supports Syrian refugees within Syria.
Craft workshop at FCA’s center in Amman. Photo: Ville Asikainen