ICMC’s oldest beneficiary received humanitarian assistance in Jordan

Irbid, 14 July 2016 - Noura*, 75 years old, assists day and night her mother Aisha* who turned 100 this year. Aisha is ICMC’s oldest beneficiary. She received humanitarian assistance under an ECHO-funded program in Jordan. The two women live in Habakeh, a quiet village seven kilometers south of Irbid.

Noura assists her mother, ICMC's oldest beneficiary of ECHO-funded programs.Noura assisting her mother, ICMC's oldest beneficiary of an ECHO-funded program. Photo: ICMC Noura, who lost her father when she was just a child, comes from a farmers’ family whose resilience has been strengthened by the adversities of life. Her mother never remarried and raised her family all alone. “When I was growing up, no one helped each other. There were Ramadans when we only drank tea to break our fast, and there was one year we went without rice from January to December,” Noura remembered.

Noura takes care of Aisha in a small three-room apartment, sometimes helped by her brothers. Aisha suffers from diabetes and has been recently experiencing respiratory and arthritis issues, while her daughter, unable to work, can no longer afford to pay the rent.

Thanks to the cash assistance Noura and Aisha received, the two women were able to pay the rent of 60 JD (USD 84). Determined to keep fighting despite her mother’s breathing difficulties, Noura can now buy more medicine and other basic supplies and keep their home warm in the winter thanks to a gas heater. “We are so thankful for the support we received,” Noura acknowledged.

The ECHO-funded program aims to support vulnerable Jordanian families by providing emergency cash assistance to improve their access to basic commodities and expand their capacity to pay rent. ICMC continues to work within the community to identify extremely vulnerable persons and ensure that even the most isolated households receive protection.

*The names were changed to protect the identities of the beneficiaries.