The Cause

THE MAKANI INITIATIVE

Jordan has a population of 9.5 million including 4 million children under 18 years of age. While Jordan has been one of the model countries in the region in protecting and promoting the rights of children, challenges still remain. The massive influx of over 1.2 million Syrians, including 650,000 registered as refugees, has put an immense strain on the economy and public services, including health, water, education, energy and service delivery, and youth employment. UNICEF Next Generation Oslo has chosen to fundraise for the Makani program in Jordan. Makani, which means ‘My Space’ in Arabic, is a child rights programming approach that supports children’s well-being in the midst of emergencies. It allows children to access multiple services in order to support their full development (physical, cognitive, social and emotional). It links education, psychosocial support services, adolescent and youth participation, life skills and innovation labs, as well as health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. Makani centres are located in cities, urban centres, Syrian refugee camps and vulnerable settlements in all 12 governorates of Jordan. All services at Makani centres are free of charge and open to all children in the catchment community, especially vulnerable girls and boys, irrespective of their nationality, abilities or status. Read more on: https://www.unicef.org/jordan/overview_12172.html