SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Jordan).

Amman, Jordan’s capital and largest city, is situated in the north-west of the country near the border with the West Bank. It is considered one of the wealthiest and most developed cities in the region. With 2.2 million inhabitants, Amman’s population has grown due to the arrival of migrants and refugees. However, this rapid urbanisation has led to a shortage of infrastructure and pockets of poverty, especially affecting the city’s large refugee population.

Since 1986, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Amman.

Of people live in poverty in Amman

Many families living in poverty

Levels of urban migration are high, with many people from rural communities as well as refugees moving to cities like Amman to get better access to services and job opportunities. Poverty rates in Amman exceed the national value, at 27%. Refugees face additional challenges in finding employment. In addition, there is less aid in this urban centre than in camps for refugees. For children, this situation is particularly difficult- they have been torn from their homes and many have experienced violence and traumatic events. Refugee families find it hard to find shelter, work, and enough food to survive.

Of refugees face mental heatlh disorders

Mental health crisis

Death by suicide is rising in Jordan. Although the exact causes are difficult to pinpoint, soaring youth unemployment rates (50%) and rising rates of depression among refugees are major factors. More than 28% of refugees who do not live in camps report experiencing high or severe levels of depression. Financial limitations, social stigma and a shortage of professional mental health specialists prevent those in need from accessing support. This risks leaving children in volatile living environments, at risk of losing a parent, or struggling with their own mental health.

Your support makes a difference for children in Amman

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
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Young people
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Children doing their school work at home. We support the education and training of children and young people (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Jordan).

How your support helps in Amman

Providing care in emergencies
In times of crisis, conflict, natural disasters and mass displacement, we respond to the urgent needs of children and families. We provide immediate support, shelter and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. SOS Children’s Villages also focuses on preventing the separation of families, and ensures that children, young people and families receive psychological and health care support.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.