JRS on Syrian Refugees in Jordan
JRS Jordan Country Director, Colin Gilbert, spoke to students and faculty at Georgetown on the plight of urban refugees, and the experiences of JRS in serving Syrian, Iraqi, Somali and Sudanese refugees in Jordan. As the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan nears 500,000, Colin shared the perspectives and experiences of many Syrians who have fled to Jordan.
The largest program run by JRS Jordan is 'Informal Education', which includes English and computer classes for adults and children across various levels. In addition, a 'Family Visits Team', many of whom are refugees themselves, also distribute emergency cash assistance, food baskets, friendship and support. Recent developments include a livelihoods program for refugee women, evening classes for Somali and Sudanese refugees, and the initiation of a Jesuit Commons Higher education on the Margins (JC:HEM) project, supported by Georgetown among other Jesuit universities, which will provide an invaluable opportunity for refugees to study online and receive university credits for up to 18 months.
During his presentation, Colin emphasized the idea of accompaniment, walking with refugees during their plight, empowering them and providing a presence during times of great uncertainty.
Click here to view the video shown as part of Colin's presentation.
This event was co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of International Migration, the Center for Social Justice and the Human Security Working Group, which is part of the Global Human Development Initiative.