Jabal Al Natheef– Amman

Jabal Al Natheef is a marginalized urban area located in eastern Amman, and home to the Mohammad Amin Camp, an informal Palestinian refugee site with an estimated population of 54,000. Jabal Al Natheef faces many challenges, notably high rates of youth unemployment, higher than average illiteracy rates, rising school dropout rates and the absence of vital services. Disintegrating family support structures and domestic violence are linked to poor housing conditions and elevated levels of school dropouts. One of the major problems affecting the area is widespread drug abuse which remains to date closely linked to reoccurring violence in the community.

Despite the challenges, people maintain strong community and tribal linkages. Neighbors know and care for each other, and provide immediate assistance in cases of emergencies.

Tafileh City – Tafileh Governorate

Tafileh is a governorate in the south of Jordan, with an estimated population of 87,500. The main source of employment is the government, the military and the police. Perhaps the remote geographic location makes Tafileh city and the surrounding villages among the most marginalized cities in the south, where even Jordan’s main highways do not provide access.

Beidha “Little Petra” – Ma’an

The village of Beidha in the governorate of Ma’an forms a very small tribal community in the Petra region in the south of Jordan. Beidha, better known for the archeological site of ‘little Petra’ and its Neolithic heritage, is home to around 450 people from the tribe of Amareen. The village suffers from poor infrastructure, male school drop outs and lack of informal learning and recreational activities for children and youths. The people of Beidha remain committed to their Bedouin heritage and are involved in tourism related activities.