FAWCO Target Project
FAWCO Target Program 2016 - 2019
Education – Empowering Women and Girls
through Knowledge and Skills
2017-2019 FAWCO Target Project
Hope Beyond Displacement
an initiative of the Collateral Repair Project
- Submitted by Therese Hartwell of FAUSA
Educating and Empowering Refugee Women and Girls in Jordan*
The FAWCO Target Project is a sustainable investment by Member Clubs to empower women and girls. Over the next two years (2017-2019), we will employ the energy and generosity of our members through The FAWCO Foundation’s Backing Women Fundraising Campaign to sponsor women's and girls’ education. Proceeds generated through these efforts will fund the FAWCO Target Project:
Hope Beyond Displacement
Building better futures through education, vocational and leadership training for refugee women and girls in Jordan is an initiative of the Collateral Repair Project designed to address the pressing issues identified in close consultation with the women they serve.
Located in Amman, Jordan,Collateral Repair Projectis a grassroots effort to bring much-needed assistance to refugees and other victims of war and conflict - those commonly referred to as "collateral damage". They operate numerous programs focusing on community building, education and emergency aid.
More than one-third of school-aged Syrian children registered with the United Nations refugee agency in Jordan (over 80,000 out of 226,000 children) were not in formal education during the last school year.
Refugees may not work in Jordan, contributing to the more than 86% of Syrian refugees living there in poverty.
Displacement, loss of status and control over life choices, and the fact that most refugees are forbidden from working, all contribute to a sense of hopelessness and lack of empowerment particularly for women. While displacement forces them to negotiate new and difficult roles, they are often hindered by their lack of confidence in their ability to affect change and commonly face increased risks due to harmful coping strategies they or their spouses may adopt which often contribute to family violence.
Hope Beyond Displacement seeks to address four pressing issues identified in close consultation with the women CRP serves:
- ensuring better educational support for their children
- accessing sources of income
- better managing the threat of violence in their families and
- learning and developing leadership and advocacy skills.
The project addresses these issues through targeted training and educational programs, and through tangible opportunities for advocacy and leadership. To ensure the sense of ownership and investment that will be integral for the longevity, sustainability, and success of the project, community members will be involved at every stage.
Your Donations Will Fund
Girls’ Education - enrollment of 100 girls in school each year and 120 girls in the SuperGirls after school enrichment program.
Women’s Vocational Training - 120 women will complete the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) computer skills training, and 45 women and girls who have their ICDL will be taught computer coding. In addition, 60 women will complete an economic empowerment program which provides training in cosmetology and self-employment skills. That means providing 180 women skills to generate income!
Women’s Leadership - participation of 160 women in the Women’s Empowerment 101 Program and 160 men and youth in gender-based violence training; 20 will continue on in Training the Trainer workshops; 90 women, men and youths will participate in the Leadership in Action program.
Click to learn more about the Backing Women Fundraising Campaign for Education supporting Hope Beyond Displacement and how you can be a part of building better futures for refugee women and girls in Jordan.
Hope Beyond Displacement is unlike other Target Projects that FAWCO has sponsored. Previous Target Projects were already up and running, so FAWCO joined an ongoing effort. HBD is comprised of different programing components, several of which are brand new opportunities requiring additional planning and funding. With that understanding, HBD programs will launch in September 2017. The staff at CRP will be busy over the summer preparing to send girls back to school, setting up classes to teach women skills to earn incomes and establishing leadership workshops to return dignity to women who have suffered due to displacement.
Watch for the September issue of our Blog: Let’s Get Schooled for an update from CRP, their first quarterly contribution giving members direct insight into the impact of our funding on the women and girls participating in Hope Beyond Displacement programs.
Read A Call To Action. It provides all the information you need to promote the Target Project.
Download the Target Project Flyer - Hope Beyond Displacementto share with members and friends.
* Name change: Educating and Empower Refugee Women and Girls in Jordan while a fully accurate explanation of the project, was too lengthy to effectively promote the project. Hope Beyond Displacement more succinctly reflects the program goal of offering opportunity for a better future.
Summary of Project Selection
In May 2016, a call for applications was made for the 2017-2019 FAWCO Target Project. By the September 30th deadline, eighteen applications had been submitted. A seven-member Selection Committee comprised of a cross section of FAWCO members reviewed each proposal. The committee announced a shortlist of three projects on January 6, 2017 and Member Clubs cast their votes in February 2017. Hope Beyond Displacement, was announced as the new Target Project at the FAWCO Biennial Conference in Mumbai, India on April 1, 2017.