Jordan [Syrian refugees]

[The Media Project] No.11 Videos produced in Za’atari refugee camp by Syrian youths



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Searching for the feasibility of vertical gardens


Many residents in Za’atari Refugee Camp used to be farmers when they were in Syria. In fact, many of them started building kitchen gardens as emotional mainstay, by making use of small spaces. They presently grow vegetables, fruits and flowers in the gardens.

However, there is one major problem. Given the temperature of higher than 40 degree Celsius in Jordan during summer, saving water is crucial. Therefore, JEN tried to find a way to continue kitchen gardens while saving water and prototyped a vertical garden with the use of simple bags and walls.

Currently, JEN, together with the residents, grows plants while monitoring regularly the water consumption, development speed of seeds and seedlings, and other important matters for maintenance.










[Watering to a vertical garden]









[The growth of Zucchini]


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[The Media Project] No. 10 15 Year Old Bride talks Marriage, War, and Education



The year, 2011 was really harsh for a Syrian woman named Fatima Al Hareeri. She experienced both marriage and divorce at the age of 15 and the Syrian crisis broke out, which forced her to leave her home.
But now she doesn’t look back. After she fled to the Za’atari refugee camp, she started working as a trainer and a clown in a circus group and studying at a university in Jordan, getting a scholarship from the EU.

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Garbage collection check to maintain hygienic environment in the camp


Around 80,000 people are living in Zaatari Refugee Camp and same as our living, garbage is produced every day.

Inhabitants there throw household garbage into several large iron dumpsters which are placed in each residential block.

Therefore, if the garbage cannot be collected every day, it will easily overflow and worsen hygienic environment such as bad smell and occurrence of flies.
For this reason, JEN regularly checks whether waste collectors are working as scheduled.

When a dumpster with overflowing garbage is found, we immediately contact the collectors, ask for collection, and give them a caution.

We are considering involving the inhabitants in garbage reduction activity and starting recycling activity as well.









【Garbage collection】





【Staff checking the amount of garbage in a dumpster】









【Dumpster full of garbage】


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Recycling project: Reusing of resources and creation for revenue opportunity


Recycling in Za’atari Camp is recently becoming a popular activity.

The activity I am responsible for is the recycling project, which involves making new products out of old clothes, plastic bags, containers and papers.

The purpose of this project is to reduce garbage and make refugee women independent by earning revenue through making and selling handmade products.

Recycling is beneficial to everyone. By reusing the goods and modifying them into newly usable ones, the living cost is reduced as buying new things won’t be necessary. Also, it becomes a “fun activity” for female famly members who can acquire simple skills such as sewing and knitting. The ladies can make beautiful products such as children’s clothes, bags, shoes and house decorating goods.

All of the materials are used clothes that no one wears anymore. Here are some products that we make:
1.Dolls using old socks.
What you need: old socks, needle for sewing, thread, button, cotton, clothes, newspapers, etc.

Put cotton, newspaper and clothes in the socks. Next, sew the socks with needles and threads from the bottom. Finally, attach eyes, nose and mouth using buttons to make the socks look like a doll.

2. Small bags using a pair of jeans
What you need: Old pair of jeans, needle for sewing, thread, button, and scissors.

Cut the jeans into rectangular shape.

Then, sew them using a needle and threads to create a shape like that of a small suitcase. Lastly, decorate the bag with buttons to look beautiful and attractive.

The most difficult part of the activity was that it took time to think what to make because the quality of some materials was really bad.
(This problem was solved by producing carpets instead). It requires careful work to create something by recycling.

We will provide new ideas as well as spend more time with these women and encourage them in the future.

They held the bazaar twice. The most recent bazaar was held on May, 2016 and we sold the recycled goods for reasonable prices and gave an opportunity for refugee women to gather safely.

They had an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process in terms of what to make or what to sell. They also collaborated with each other during the bazaar and talked to the customers effectively.

I was very glad to see them develop their social skills.
By Ekhlas Saker