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Habitat for Humanity Jordan

Contact information

HFH Jordan
PO Box 841378 Jabal Amman
Amman 11181
Jordan
Fax: +962 64612082
Phone: 64612081

Habitat's work in Jordan

Number of families served this year: 
124

Country Profile

Habitat for Humanity Jordan

Habitat Jordan seeks to eliminate poverty housing by serving low-income families to improve their living conditions. In 2011, Habitat Jordan started a new mechanism of work - the Fund for Humanity Jordan is used as wholesale loan fund, issued to local community based organizations who are committed to start and grow their own sustainable housing program to serve low-income families. It has supported more than 31communities and serve more than 8,500 families.

The housing need in Jordan

The turmoil in the Middle East has weakened the Jordanian economy, and with no oil and inadequate supplies of water, the vast majority of Jordanians live on less than US$4,900 per year. Unemployment is high, especially in rural villages, where agriculture is a major source of employment. In the villages, families tend to have many children, and it is not uncommon for 12 to 15 family members to share a small two-room house. The lack of privacy increases family tension and makes it difficult for children to sleep and study. Women struggle to cook in makeshift kitchens with dirt floors. Without proper food storage cabinets, pests and rodents are a constant challenge. Unsanitary toilet facilities bring additional health risks. In Jordan, three events have shaped the current housing situation: economic and inflation pressures that come from the Middle East conditions that included mass housing and a large numbers of immigrants after a violent conflict.

How Habitat addresses the need in Jordan

HFH Jordan is currently working with 31 partner communities and in urban communities in the Greater Amman area. Houses are made of cement blocks; the average home is 55 square meters. Each new house brings greater opportunities for families to lead safe, healthy and productive lives. Habitat Jordan hosts groups of international volunteers and local school and corporate groups to build houses with homeowner families.

Here are some examples of Habitat projects in Jordan:

  • Wholesale projects
    Northern Housing Project & Central Housing project use a formal selection process to identify the CBO with most potential to implement the housing project. After identification of a new implementing partner, the Northern Housing Project will evaluate loan applications received from CBO, loan agreements will be signed to enable the implementing partners to issue loans to homeowners in their community and build their fund for humanity.
  • Innovation project
    The purpose of the Innovation program is to help local Jordanian communities to build their capacity & sustainability by providing the services that is unaccompanied by financial services. Using training & evaluation process in credit, construction, documentation, accounting, and legal compliance & reporting. New loans to CBO (jamayat) will be awarded based on best performing CBO on key performance indicators such as good governance, strategic allocation of resources, advocacy and volunteer mobilization.

Meet a Habitat family

Mamoon Mohammad Ali, his wife and their two sons live in Aqarba. Mamoon works as a cleaner for the municipality at his village. His income is insufficient for making their family home a safer place to live.

Mamoon explains: „We live in an unfinished house. The walls are not painted, the kitchen is incomplete. My biggest concern is for the health of my family. We do not have a septic tank and we have rodents and insects coming into the house and cause the children getting sick. Nobody can visit us and my wife has become physically tired from the situation.”

The chairman of Aqarba association suggested that Mamoon submits an application for a loan from Habitat. “When I heard that I was selected to be one of the beneficiaries I was so happy. My family now will not be suffering from sickness and I can dream that with Habitat´s help I can finally finish my house.”

What you can do

You can help Jordanian families improve their living conditions by taking one or more of the following actions:

DONATE

Go to habitat.org/donate and designate your gift to Habitat Jordan.

VOLUNTEER

Join one of the scheduled Global Village trips to Jordan or lead your own. For more information go to: habitat.org/gv

ADVOCATE

Share, like and comment on HFH Jordan´s Facebook www.facebook.com/HabitatforHumanityJordan

TITHE

Establish a strong and rewarding tithe partnership to help build houses globally! Quote 866600, JORDAN on your checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International, Attn: Affiliate Tithe, 121 Habitat St. Americus, GA 31709

CONTACT

To learn more about Habitat projects in Jordan or in other parts of the region, please contact us.

Habitat for Humanity Jordan
Thomas Stocker, National Director
nd@habitatjordan.org

Shareef Sami
finance@habitatjordan.org

Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East and Africa
Fungai Mukorah, Program Manager
fmukorah@habitat.org

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Country facts:

Capital: Amman
Main country facts: Jordan has one of the lowest levels of water resource availability, per capita, in the world
Population: 6.5 million
Urbanization: 83 percent live in cities
Life expectancy: 74 years
Unemployment rate: 12.2 percent
Population living below poverty line: 14.4 percent

Find more country facts on:
CIA The World Factbook –Jordan

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Habitat facts:

When the program started: 2011
Families served: More than 8,500
Volunteers hosted: More than 1,000
Housing Solutions: Housing microfinance, New houses, Rehabilitation and repairs