The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and Mercy Corps commenced their cooperative project – the Rain Water Catchment Systems for Schools and Community Centers in Jordan – in July 2018. This project aims to enhance the ability of people in communities on water conservation through the installation and repairs of rainwater catchment systems and through awareness raising activities.
As the second poorest country in terms of water, Jordan has long been plagued by water scarcity. Moreover, the country has taken in 1.4 million Syrian refugees, with the majority living in local communities and of which 51 percent are school-age children. As the Jordanian government has provided these children with education, more than 700,000 school-age children have stretched the limited resources of schools and community centers even thinner. The redistribution of water resources has therefore become an important issue in the country.
The 10-month Rain Water Catchment Systems for Schools and Community Centers in Jordan project will install five and repair six rainwater catchment systems in 11 public schools and community centers in the northwestern province, which houses the largest number of Syrian refugees. In addition, the project will hold 22 promotion activities to raise awareness among youths on water conservation measures. The project is expected to benefit more than 13,200 students and their family members.
The assistance to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan has shifted from short-term relocation to integration within communities. The Rain Water Catchment Systems for Schools and Community Centers in Jordan project responds to this trend and helps the Jordanian people and refugees to make better use of the water. The TaiwanICDF will dispatch a volunteer to participate in the project to deepen exchanges and share Taiwan's experience, thereby enhancing Taiwan’s visibility in international aid.