AMMAN, JORDAN, June 25, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently delivered food packages for 538,560 meals to 1,870 families in various areas of Jordan, in addition to zakat-al-fitr cash assistance to 1,020 families and Eid clothing gifted to 220 Jordanian orphans.
The food packages, which contained items such as rice, oil, beans, tea, sugar, and pasta, were distributed to vulnerable families and refugees in Amman, Irbid, Jerash, Al Zarqaa and Al Balqaa in Jordan. The aid came during the Ramadan season and prioritized families who live under the poverty line or those with female-headed households, a high number of dependents, disabled members, or whose head of household is unemployed and unable to afford the cost of basic necessities.
According to Elizabeth Sohail, program manager at Baitulmaal, the current economic situation in Jordan has created more need than in previous years.
“More Jordanians are struggling with rising expenses while their salaries stagnate or disappear during the pandemic,” Sohail said. “Our donors are helping to alleviate some of these struggles by providing food and cash assistance and bringing joy to the most vulnerable amongst them: refugees and orphans.”
While Jordan is considered a middle-income country, multiple concurrent crises have taken a toll on its economy: the COVID-19 pandemic, Syrian refugee crisis, and weak social welfare programs. According to the World Bank, unemployment rates in Jordan rose to 24.7 percent in 2020. The unemployment rate for workers 24 and younger soared to 50 percent. An influx of refugees has further strained resources and contributed to a rise of those in need of humanitarian assistance in Jordan.
Baitulmaal distributed approximately 3.9 million meals this past Ramadan, and is preparing to provide more food and meat distributions for the upcoming Hajj season. If you would like to learn more or contribute to these programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.
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