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Protection and Inclusion

’Evidence from across the world shows the potential of social protection systems to prevent poverty, reduce inequality and improve levels of health and education. Even in countries where social protection is guaranteed by law, not all segments of the population are reached effectively. Discrimination, socioeconomic disadvantage and the way in which policies are designed and implemented play a role in keeping social protection out of the reach of some individuals and groups.’  

Social Protection and Social progress, United Nations 2018.

In alignment with the "Leave No One Behind" commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 agenda, JOHUD ensures that all its interventions are meaningful to each individual, particularly marginalised and excluded groups. Children and youth at risk, people with disabilities (PWDs), refugees from all nationalities and the elderly, all have specific needs and concerns.

JOHUD’s Protection and Inclusion Programme incorporates all the specialised centres and interventions that deliver services, training, treatment, counselling, and referral that are specific to each of these groups. JOHUD also advocates at the policy level by raising issues of exclusion with key stakeholders to improve access and inclusion at the national level.

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Supporting children at the Social Support Centre

JOHUD's Social Support Centre (SSC)

This centre, located in Marka, North-East Amman, works with a range of vulnerable youth and children, including stay-at home girls and others who are at risk of dropping out of school or victims of child labour. With the support and partnership of the Jordanian Ministry of Labour, the SSC has helped thousands of working and at-risk children (under 18 years old) since its inception in 2008, and we continue to serve over 1,650 children every year in this centre alone.

We want to help every child to reach their full potential, but we recognise that that each child has different needs and challenges.

Our integrated approach combines educational, skill building, psychosocial services and individualised case management. Both within the safe environment of our centres, and by reaching out to families and the community, our teams attempt to support the development of child and young people, as they grow into adulthood.

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Learning through play at one of JOHUD's facilities

Early Childhood Development

JOHUD continues to improve the level of services for children across Jordan, through care facilities, capacity building, parental guidance and the Portage programme, which focuses on children with disabilities and their families.

From the 1980’s, JOHUD’s pioneering work as the first main provider of preschool education around the country, as well as its incorporation of the Learning through Play approach and training programmes have made it a recognised leader in the field of ECD, not only nationally, but at the Arab regional level.

Smiles of achievement after rehabilitation treatment offered at a specialised facility

Azem Project

For over a decade, this project has been expanding to provide quality rehabilitation, physiotherapy, home care, individual, group counselling and parent-child services, both through home visits by specialised practitioners and in our ZENID facilities.

Our therapy facilities have been fully equipped for physiotherapy and are fully accessible for people with disabilities. 

Also, part of Azem, our elderly club meets regularly, bringing together a diverse group representing Jordanian and other nationalities, many of whom are refugees.

Members of Community Support Committees, a joint community engagement project between JOHUD and UNHCR

Community Support Committees (CSC)

JOHUD is especially proud of its partnership with UNHCR, and the experience we have gained as result of working closely with them on refugee related issues. As a result, a number of our centres have become hubs that bring together the local host community and refugee populations, to promote greater social cohesion and provide services to both. JOHUD’s Community Support Committees (CSCs) were developed in response to the Syrian crisis, however, these committees now encompass a diverse group of nationalities including Iraqis, Sudanese, Yemenis and Somalis as well as Jordanians.

These committees are an essential part of our outreach with surrounding communities, and their work presents a powerful example of cooperation and unity.

Since 2015, with the support of UNHCR, the Community Support Committees have successfully reached 36000 Syrian and non-Syrian beneficiaries in East Amman alone. JOHUD’s ‘One Refugee-focused approach’ has been rolled out through our CDC network across the Kingdom. Committees are open to all nationalities have reached over 80,000 refugees and Jordanians in over 20 different locations.

Read more by following the Crossing Refugees Blog, supported by UNHCR.

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The pioneers of inclusive education at Al Rajaa School for Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Children

Al Rajaa School for Deaf or Hearing-Impaired Children

The Al Raja’a School, located in Ruseifa, Zarqa governorate, is a renowned and pioneering institutional model for specialised, high-quality education for deaf and hearing-impaired children from kindergarten to high school ages.

Established in 1983, the school teaches sign language in Arabic and English, and offers speech therapy, auditory training, reading, writing, and the use of assistive devices as essential parts of students’ education. Al Rajaa also provides opportunities for students to take part in sports, crafts, arts, acting, folk dance, gardening, camping, and debate clubs.

The school aims to promote the integration of its students with their peers and has an impressive record of helping students graduate with a High School Diploma. The school currently employs 22 teachers, many of whom are considered experts in their field.

In the coming years, we hope to promote the methodology of Al Raja to build the capacity of other schools and centres for the deaf and hearing impaired, not just in Jordan, but in the entire Arab region.

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Extra curricular activities at Mabarrat Um Al Hussein

Mabarrat Um Al-Hussein

Mabarrat Um Al-Hussein is an independently founded institution. Since 1958, has served and protected orphaned and underprivileged boys, in the neighborhood of Marka, a busy industrial part of East Amman. JOHUD now supports and manages Mabarrat's programmes, by building its capacity and integrating it into its own programmes, with the aim of developing it as a model institution for children in care.

The Mabarrat provides residential and integrated social services for boys, aged 6 to 18, who have come from broken or impoverished homes. The Mabarrat provides shelter, food, clothing, health check-ups, educational and non-curricular activities.

It also hosts a Knowledge Station, providing educational services to local community members and a football field for community use. Currently, there are 82 children in enrolled at the Mabarrat.

Mabarrat alumni now work in a range of capacities, including teachers, the Armed Forces and Police, as well as in a range of technical, hospitality, IT and accounting professions. The Mabarrat tries to reintegrate as many boys as possible into their families, and many boys return to live with them under continued supervision.

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