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Merry Christmas from our partner DSPR – Jordan

As the year comes to a close we would like to commemorate the work of our partner Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) – Jordan. Their work has and continues to impact the lives of many affected by conflict in the region. Your gifts have helped to support the work of DSPR-Jordan. Read about the work DSPR-Jordan has achieved in 2014.

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Jordan has faced a challenging year in 2014. The instability of the region has had a negative impact on the country. The ongoing crisis in Syria continues to put strain on infrastructure and services in Jordan who host thousands of refugees. Jordanians are facing increased pressure with a higher cost of living and overpopulation in villages and cities across the country.
 
DSPR with the partnership of ACT Alliance conducted an extensive field research project to identify the needs of 8,500 Syrian refugee families. The research found their most pressing need to be basic living such as rent, access to healthcare, clean water, food, education, and household items. DSPR then designed programs to reduce the vulnerability of the Syrian refugee population through humanitarian assistance, healthcare, and psychosocial support to Syrian refugees. This work focused on the governorates where the majority of Syrians are displaced in Jordan. Over 5,300 families received food and non-food parcels.
 
In response the extreme need DSPR-Jordan expanded their program for Syrian refugees developing and facilitating:
  • 9 Children’s forums
  • 23 Life-skills courses
  • 30 Mother support groups
  • 20 psychosocial sessions
  • and over 1,000 medical referrals
DSPR-Jordan launched the “Start Your Own Business” program in October in Talbiah Camp and in Husn in November to empower women to think beyond their limitations, to build confidence, and to help them generate an income to support their families. 26 Syrian women were in attendance in each program. This program is currently ongoing in Madaba. DSPR-Jordan also has built its own Complaint Response Mechanism (CRM) in its entire work components as an important tool of accountability.
 
During the month of Ramadan, DSPR-Jordan responded to the overwhelming needs of Syrian refugees and distributed food parcels in 6 different governorates at 8 different distributions events. This month long project gave relief to over 11,000 Syrians.
 
DSPR has also continued their ongoing work with Palestinian refugees in the 13 Palestinian camps in Jordan. Their focus here is on health, vocational training, youth program, women’s empowerment, and health education. Through these programs over 6,500 women and children benefited from the DSPR-Jordan services in 2014.
 
DSPR-Jordan has had a very busy 2014. Not only were they meeting the needs of the communities they serve, but also continuing to ask for their feedback to better serve and empower them. DSPR strives to build relationships with the communities. Their vision is to enhance the dignity of all people according to Christian faith; this is how DSPR-Jordan live out their Christian principles.
 
In 2015 DSPR will continue their work with plans to expand as the need of Syrian and Palestinian communities continues to grow. Act for Peace would you to invite you to join us to honor and support the work of our partner DSPR-Jordan. If you would like to help to continue DSPR’s work please consider giving generously here.

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