For decades, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been a peace broker in the Middle East and a safe haven for refugees in the region. Today, the overwhelming influx of refugees from Syria is straining Jordan’s economic and social fabric, while other challenges — like violent extremist recruitment and the marginalization of women and youth — contribute to heightening tensions.

We work in Jordan with the aim of bridging societal divides, preventing and transforming violent extremism, and empowering young people and women.

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90 Players, 25 Coaches… and One Goal - Syrian and Jordanian girls participated in a soccer camp that they will never forget.

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Ana La’abah: I am a girl and a football player -

Jordan has welcomed over a million Syrian refugees since the beginning of the neighboring conflict. In some instances, this rapid influx has led to tensions between refugees and host communities. As one way to address this while empowering girls at the same time, the project ‘Ana La’abah’ engaged 96 girls from Jordanian and Syrian backgrounds living in the north of Jordan in football training. The football training gave the girls new confidence, widened their social circle and allowed them to build lasting friendships across dividing lines.

Ana La’abah: Escaping loneliness through football -

Asala (15) had to say goodbye to her friends when she fled her home country Syria to come to Jordan. She felt isolated and lonely in her new school. Participating in the football training for the project ‘Ana La’abah’ helped her to connect and start making friends. Football doesn’t care who comes from where – in order to be successful, teams have to work together.

Ana La’abah: Defying social norms to play football -

Military man Senjam Al-Heji is the proud father of Joud, a talented young football player. Although they faced prejudice and disapproval from people who believe football is not for girls, they persisted in perfecting Joud’s skills. Joud’s participation in the project ‘Ana La’abah’ allowed her to take her football practice out of the limitation of her home. It helped her to make new friends, visit different places and become more independent. She has big plans for the future.




MENA Regional Director
Abou Fassi-Fihri
+216 98743800

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