UNICEF Partnership

Dining for Women and UNICEF Join Forces for Good

On 13 February 2016 in Jordan, a refugee from the Syrian Arab Republic, Qamar, is 14 years old. Raneem, 1, sits on her mother’s lap. Qamar married 2 years ago in Ramtha, Jordan where she now lives, having fled Syria after the conflict began. “We’re lucky,” says Qamar, “Its safer here than in Syria but I feel trapped in this house as there’s not enough room for all of us.” Qamar feels a huge sense of responsibility being a mother. “I was a child when I married and now I’m a child, with a child,” she says. Qamar can’t read or write and has not attended school since her family fled their home country.

Dining for Women is partnering with UNICEF USA to provide urgent support to some of the most vulnerable and forgotten groups in our world today: Syrian refugee women and girls in Jordan and internally displaced women and girls in South Sudan. The significant refugee populations in these two countries makes this the humanitarian crisis of our time. It is well-documented that women and girls suffer the most during any humanitarian crisis.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.

Dining for Women has pledged $100,000 in funds for each of two projects with UNICEF: one in Jordan and one in South Sudan.

 

Jordan Project

This project will provide safe and lawful employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan who have fewer opportunities for gainful employment while living in refugee camps. Our project will also address the urgent need for maternal and newborn health care services in Jordan settlement camps and other locations at the Jordan-Syrian border. Syrian refugees in Jordan are a younger demographic and, on average, 2,000 babies are born a month in these refugee camps.
 
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Videos related to the Jordan project will be available after the project is launched. The following are a few UNICEF videos that capture the challenges of life in the refugee camps:




South Sudan Project

More than two million people have been displaced by violence in South Sudan, 87 percent of whom are women and children. Gender-based violence is an urgent issue, with high levels of sexual violence prevalent throughout the country. Dining for Women’s South Sudan project will provide critical prevention and response services for women and children who are at risk of gender-based violence.
 
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Dining for Women will cost-share both of these projects. With the Jordan project, we have a unique cost-sharing with UNICEF Next Generation, who have also pledged $100,000. NextGen is a group of young leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in their 20s and 30s who commit their resources, resolve, and enthusiasm toward supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work.

 

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