Providing hope for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Millions of people, mostly women and children, have fled their homes in Syria with barely the clothes on their back. They’re seeking a safe haven, wherever they can find it. Jordan is one haven in the region which provides this, hosting more than 1 million Syrian refugees to date. Since 2012, we have worked in the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) camps of Za’atari and Azraq, in Northern Jordan, where most refugees are concentrated.

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Our work is strengthening refugee children and young people’s resilience. It’s providing an enjoyable outlet and way of coping with the hardship of displacement and psychological trauma of conflict.

Working in partnership with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), we are training Syrian male and female football coaches. We’re helping to equip them with basic skills to organise ongoing football activities for children and young people. AFDP Global and our partners have also provided the refugee camps with a full-size artificial grass football pitch, as well as two smaller ones. Now, more than 5,000 girls and boys get together to play football, form friendships and learn social skills three times a week in the camps. They also take part in monthly and yearly tournaments. “All the children that arrive are completely devastated, they have seen their family members killed before their eyes and the journey to Jordan was a difficult one. Through football we at least try to remove the sense of fear and regain some sense of normalcy”. Bassam Omar al Taleb, a 31-year old Syrian who fled his home in Daraa. Once a keen amateur soccer player, he is now coaching kids in Zaatari refugee camp. We work with several international charities, providing hope and structure through the power of football.