Jordan is a country defined by a mix of the past and present. Jordan is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves, and seaside resorts. It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples, and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the “Rose City.” Jordan has a population of 9.46 million.
Hearing the Call started in Jordan in September 2014. In the town of Zarqa’, a refugee camp, one mother shared her heart-breaking story with us. When the bombing started, she raced out of her home in Syria with nothing except her purse with her children’s birth certificates. Through it all, she had hearing damage. The team was able to help her hear better and, as she says, restore her dignity. The mother says she will be able to raise her kids better, because she can now hear them and help them, which will reduce their frustration with her. Even though her face was covered by her veil, everyone could see the smile she had on her face, as her eyes lit up.
One of the difficulties with Jordan is the state of Syrian refugees. According to the United Nations, there are currently more than 657,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan camps. A portion have hearing loss due to the war and other conditions. Through our work, Hearing the Call has partnered with organizations to get audio testing equipment to Jordan and the West Bank. A few local communities will now be able to provide hearing healthcare to the people who live there.