On the 21st of August, Zade, the newly appointed UNICEF Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (pictured here with Rob Jenkins UNICEF representative to Jordan) made his first field visit to Zatari refugee camp and nearby town of Mafraq, accompanied by a grand piano, to bring music and a message of hope to children and youth, including those who have fled war and violence in Syria.
He visited a UNICEF supported “Makani” centre, which provides learning opportunities, life skills and psychological support to children and youth. Some 300 children and adolescents watched him play.
Makani – Arabic for My Space – is an innovative approach developed by UNICEF and funded through the EU’s Madad Trust Fund to address the needs of Syrian refugee children and youth as well as vulnerable host communities.
With more than 200 centres throughout Jordan, it’s a one-stop location that provides learning opportunities, psychosocial support and better integration for children and youth. It’s in line with the “No Lost Generation” initiative to address the needs of millions of children impacted by the crises in Syria and Iraq.