history

The name “Jordan” comes from the Arabic meaning of “flowing down” referring to the neighboring Jordan River which flows down to the Dead Sea. Jordan is the home of the ancient Nabataeans, who were merchants and traders. Modern Jordan was established in the aftermath of World War I when the Hashemite Arab Forces defeated the Ottoman forces in 1916.

Britain granted the nation nominal independence in 1946, and the country was renamed to Jordan in 1951. In 1948, the nation participated in the Arab-Israeli war in Palestine and was able to prevent the Israeli forces from taking the West Bank of the Jordan River, including East Jerusalem. The West Bank was then ruled by Jordan until the Arab-Israeli War of 1967 when Israeli forces occupied the region in a surprise invasion. 

Jordan, which has a large Palestinian refugee population of several million people, as a result of the 1948 and 1967 wars, is one of the main borderline states that are affected by the Arab-Israeli conflict. Jordan witnessed a domestic
upheaval in 1970 when fighting broke out between Palestinian rebels and the Jordanian Army. The Palestinian rebels were defeated and expelled from Jordan. In 1994, Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel.

 

Jordan has played a key role in the conflicts involving Iraq and Syria. During the Iraq-Iran War of the 1980’s, Jordan was the
main supply route for goods into Iraq. During the blockade period of the 1990’s through 2003, Jordan was exempt from the sanctions and remained Iraq’s only outlet to the outside world. After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, thousands of Iraqis fled to Jordan causing strain on the Jordanian economy. Since the uprising began in Syria in 2011, thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan to seek safety from the ongoing civil unrest in the country.

Jordan facts in Numbers
8,185,384 population
14.7 deaths/1,000 live births Infant Mortality Rate
$11,100 Average Family Income
14.8%Unemployment Rate
Life in Jordan

In 2004, Life registered to work as an NGO under the Ministry of Social Development. Life Jordan is providing care to orphans on a monthly basis and is working to provide emergency food and relief items to Syrian refugee families who are living in Jordan.

Since its inception Life Jordan has assisted many poor and marginalized students with scholarships to attend college to receive higher education that will benefit the student and their families. Life also hosted children from neighboring countries to receive surgery and medical treatment in Jordan for medical conditions that cannot be treated in their home countries.

Jordan: SPECIAL NEEDS
Provide Hearing Aids

Life’s Hearing Aid trip in 2016 was very successful. With over 30 audiologists, Life’s staff and volunteers in Amman fit Palestinian and Syrian refugee and needy Jordanian children with hearing aids. They visited orphans with hearing loss in Al-Bekka, Irbid, Madaba, Jerash and Zarka camps. 

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$150 EMERGENCY BASKET FOR ONE FAMILY

Emergency baskets are designed to provide immediate aid and relief to survivors of natural disasters and wars. Currently, we are in need of additional baskets in Mosul (Iraq), Syria, and Haiti. 

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Food Baskets

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, but more so, it is a time in which Muslims are compelled to give.

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Medical Supplies

Life procures and distributes medical supplies, equipment and medicines to hospitals and clinics in Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and many other countries.

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Orphan Sponsorship

The need for orphan sponsorship has increased tremendously within the last decade. The influx of war has caused many to flee their homes and become displaced, affecting children the most. We have regional offices in all the countries that we sponsor Orphans in. 

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Udhiyah

Udhiyah in Arabic translates to any animal of the ‘an’aam class (i.e., Cow, Sheep, Goat, or Camel). Udhiyah/Qurbani is the sacrifice of the animals mentioned, after the Eid prayer. It is among the great rituals of Islam and a tradition of his blessed messengers.

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