[TREATED PHOTO] “In the winter, it gets very cold and starts snowing,” explains Besan, 10. She attends the UNICEF-supported Makani centre with her brother Yaseen, 7 years. “I don’t like the cold. We don’t leave home much during the winter.”
“We came here today to receive winter clothes. It was so exciting. I am so happy. We got jackets, scarves and sweaters. This sweater will always keep me warm. I will wear it at home and at school,” she says with a big smile on her face.
“We should have clothes every winter to keep us warm.”
Besan and her brother Yaseen belong to the Dom minority group in Jordan. Besan is in the fourth grade and English is her favourite subject. She wants to be a Police Officer when she’s older “to preserve order”.
UNICEF, through its Makani programme, is helping vulnerable Jordanian children keep warm this winter by distributing winter clothing kits to children aged 0-18 living in marginalized communities. In Jordan, winter can bring unpredictable weather, including storms, snow and flooding, making life difficult for children and their families.
UNICEF is widening its focus from refugee children, to include all vulnerable children. Children from the Dom minority group are among the most marginalized children in Jordan. Despite holding full citizenship rights, they face discrimination, deprivation of basic rights and protection risks.
Cultural, institutional, and systematic issues have combined to create barriers in accessing essential services, such as water and sanitation, health, basic education and protection services.
UNICEF is prioritizing reaching children from the Dom community through its integrated Makani services – providing critical learning support, child protection, youth and life skills, and other support, including winterization. Through
UNICEF’s work with the Ministry of Education these children are also targeted for enrolment into public schools and informal education.
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