Handicap International has been supplying relief to Syrian refugees in Jordan since the summer of 2012 with a special emphasis on helping those with disabilities and serious injuries. Operating in the country since 2006, Handicap International also runs several other projects on disability rights in Jordan. As a result of the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Syria, our organization has also rolled out emergency projects for refugees and host populations. Handicap International currently employs 11 national and four expatriate staff.
Since the start of the crisis in Syria, Jordan has been flooded with more than 660,000 Syrian, Iraqi, Somali, Sudanese, and Yemeni refugees, according to UNHCR. Many arrive having suffered from grievous injuries and mental trauma. Most refugees have little or no resources, placing a tremendous burden on the host communities and the Jordanian government. More than 100,000 refugees are housed between Za'atari and Azraq camps. The rest live scattered in small rented apartments, shared and makeshift shelters, or unoccupied houses, making it very challenging for humanitarian actors to deliver aid and services.
In April 2014, a survey conducted in Lebanon and Jordan by Handicap International, working in collaboration with HelpAge International, found that 5.7% of refugees, more than 90,000 people, had serious injuries. Moreover, in three out of four cases these injuries will lead to a permanent disability due to their severity and the lack of medical attention. To read this report, click here.
Fixed and mobile disability teams provide injured and disabled refugees with physical therapy, mobility devices, orthotic braces, and prosthetic limbs, and psychosocial support. Handicap International operates a rehabilitation center in North-West Jordan and helps hospitals and clinics care for injured refugees by supplying rehabilitation equipment and organizing physical therapy sessions for patients. Staff provide physical therapy to people who have had limbs amputated and need to learn to use artificial limbs, as well as people with injuries such as complex fractures that could result in a permanent disability due to prolonged periods of inactivity.
Handicap International works in close collaboration with local and international organizations to ensure that services for refugees and displaced people are accessible to people with reduced mobility. Fixed and mobile disability teams in Jordan identify the most vulnerable refugees, connect them with organizations and service providers able to meet their needs, and monitor their ability to access emergency aid. The organization also supports vulnerable and displaced families through distributions of food and hygiene items, and has provided the most vulnerable refugees with cash assistance to help them pay for accommodation, food, and other necessities. Handicap International works in close collaboration with local and international organizations to ensure that services for refugees and displaced people are accessible to people with reduced mobility. More than 130,000 Syrian refugees have already benefited from these initiatives.
Handicap International works to ensure that people with disabilities and their families enjoy better access to basic service, such as healthcare and education, and that they are actively involved in the development of local policy. The organization trains and supports people with disabilities so that they are able to make their voices heard when decisions are being taken in their communities. A presence in Jordan also enables Handicap International to work with disabled people’s organizations, helping them to gain greater recognition of their rights in the country.
THESE PROJECTS ARE POSSIBLE THANKS TO HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL DONORS, AND THE FOLLOWING FUNDING BODIES: