The lockdown caused by Covid-19 has had a negative impact on the livelihoods of numerous Jordanians. Many vulnerable people were already struggling with living conditions and are now under the severe stress of trying to survive with no stable income. Government lockdown measures have since heightened an increased risk of household violence, food insecurity, and economic insecurity.
Our project aimed to support Jordan’s most vulnerable individuals who have lost their means of income and are struggling to meet their basic needs. One of the people we helped was Nadia. We provided Nadia and her family with a food parcel to cover her family’s needs for one month, whilst also referring her to another NGO who could support her by offering monthly cash allowance.
Nadia is a 44-year-old hairdresser and mother to seven young children. Sadly, her husband abandoned her and their children during the Covid-19 pandemic – a vulnerable time for everyone.
The family lives in an almost inhabitable home in Al Karak and struggle to make ends meet.
Before losing her husband and her job, Nadia worked as a hairdresser and was the sole breadwinner in the family. However, her income alone was not sufficient to cover the family’s expenses and the family has been dependant on the National Aid Fund.
Nadia’s youngest child Aya is three-years-old and one of her middle children, Khaled suffers from a chest disease, whose treatment she cannot afford.
“My job wasn’t paying me enough to cover all our needs before Covid-19, and with the lockdown, I lost my job as a hairdresser. I am the sole provider for my family and I was not able to meet our needs. There were times we couldn’t get enough food to eat. My thanks go to God then to JHCO and IRW. My children now have food to eat” – Nadia
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