Over 600,000 Syrian refugees are currently in Jordan, 80% of whom live in urban areas among Jordanian neighbors.
In February the International Rescue Committee organized a two-week social-therapy workshop at our women's center in the city of Irbid that brought together Syrian refugee teenagers and their Jordanian counterparts. The program included dance, songs, storytelling, theater, community projects — and just clowning around.
"Most of the girls came with very low self-esteem," said Sabine Choucair, who led the workshop. As a result of the program, she says, "they laughed again. Their self esteem is back."