FOOD COUPON PROGRAM FOR IRAQI REFUGEES

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JORDAN

THE NEED

Their safety and future threatened, almost one million Iraqi citizens fled to Amman, Jordan. A small country with limited resources for education and employment, the Jordanian government is not able to support the vast number of people who are seeking refuge.  For many families, it was leaving behind affluence and financial security to suddenly be without a home, access to education, job opportunities, basic rights, and even the means to put a nutritious meal on the table. Rates of depression, alcoholism, and domestic violence among refugee families dramatically increased. Basic living needs abound, as well as the opportunity to find stability and hope.

THE OPPORTUNITY

A local church in Amman is committed to extend support to refugee families. Providing food coupons to each family, the church aims to help care for some of the basic needs for food and toiletries while respecting their individual preferences. Rather than a box of pre-selected items, each family or individual receives a coupon for 15-35 Jordanian Dollars. The church has established an agreement with a local store that accepts the coupon as payment for approved goods. To preserve the integrity of the program and allocate the funding to legitimate needs for hunger and hygiene, certain items are exempt for purchase. Each coupon is accepted currency for a large variety of items to include desirable commodities like tuna, powdered milk, processed cheese, soap, detergent, tea, rice, and sugar.

In addition to food provision, the church seeks to provide a support system for each of these families. They provide a community, friendship and counseling to address the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of women and children who have endured significant loss and face a future that remains uncertain.

THE CHALLENGE

Through an annual grant of $43,260 Wellspring is able to provide items of nutrition and hygiene for about 939 refugee families and 110 singles this year.

CONTACT

Please contact us for more information regarding this significant project.

PROJECT PROFILE

“Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even.”
Daniel Berrigan

ORGANIZATION

FOOD COUPON PROGRAM FOR IRAQI REFUGEES

COUNTRY

Jordan

GRANT AMOUNT

$43,260 USD

PROJECT STATUS

Ongoing

PROJECT DURATION

2008 – Present