Jordan/Syria Border

  • Operational Since: 2013
  • Focus: Mine Risk Education
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Spirit of Soccer is focusing on at-risk Syrian children living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp and children in villages close to the Jordan/Syria border

– At least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago

– The violence has created over 500,000 refugees, with the UN estimating that over 2.5 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance

– According to the UNHCR, the number of refugees is growing by over 3,000 per day. Official Jordanian sources say over 250,000 people have fled to neighbouring Jordan, with 45,000 currently being settled at Zaatari, about 15km from the Syrian border

– Coaches from Iraq have taught Jordanian and Syrian coaches from the camp to deliver Mine Risk Education and key football activities.

Our work in the Syrian/Jordan border builds in our work in Jordan in 2010 where we…

– Organized a Mine Risk Education Festival in Amman in partnership with FIFA.  This brought together coaches and young players from across the region – including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the West Bank to learn about using sport to keep children healthy and safe.

– Participants were tasked with taking what they learnt back to their communities, some of the most heavily mined places in the world.