العربية
Give Refugees Your Zakat
Reports
2016 - 2017
In September 2016, UNHCR in coordination with the Tabah Foundation launched its Zakat initiative aiming to raise much needed funds for the most vulnerable refugees in the region. After piloting the programme in Jordan, since 2018, all collected Zakat funds are dedicated to UNHCR’s cash assistance programme in Jordan and Lebanon under which we now have approximately 60,000 refugee families are enrolled. The following amounts were received by UNHCR from the Zakat initiative in 2016/ 2017 and transferred to the cash assistance programme in Jordan on a monthly basis.

Demonstrated Impact: All collected Zakat funds in 2016 and 2017 were dedicated to UNHCR’s cash assistance programme in Jordan. These funds which were received by some 14,775 Syrian refugee families (approximately 73,875 individuals) living in urban areas in Jordan and enabled beneficiaries to cover essential costs of living for one month, such as rent, debt repayment, utilities, medical care for children, clothing, school fees and food. It also helped refugees to improve their social networks by allowing them to repay loans borrowed from family, neighbours, and landlords; therefore, reducing household and community tensions. Vulnerable families are often headed by women who often face cultural, legal and childcare-related obstacles in finding work. Cash assistance helps prevent thousands of refugees from facing severe hardship and resorting to desperate survival strategies – such as pulling children out of school, child labour and begging, survival sex, early marriage or returning to war zones.

Refugees access the funds by scanning their iris at ATM machines and thanks to this innovative programme, there are no bank cards or pin numbers to remember. Instead, refugees simply use their irises as a form of identification which provides an instant, cost-effective and fraud-proof methodology to directly support vulnerable families. UNHCR monitors cash recipients, assessing their vulnerabilities and quality of living and following up with the families through home visits.

Figure Table 2016

 AMOUNT RECEIVED AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED FAMILIES BENEFITED
SEPTEMBER $20,902.39
OCTOBER $2,079.97 $20,902.39 119
NOVEMBER $3,031.87 $2,079.97 12
DECEMBER $96.25 $3,031.87 17
TOTAL $ 26,110.48 $ 26,014.23 **148

Figure Table 2017

AMOUNT RECEIVED AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED FAMILIES BENEFITED
JANUARY $13,716.27 $96.25 0.5
FEBRUARY $11,489.06 $13,716.27 78
MARCH $8,972.24 $11,489.06 66
APRIL $8,699.35 $8,972.24 51.5
MAY $299,519.75 $8,699.35 50
JUNE $688,645.33 $299,519.75 1,711
JULY $1,382,118.15 $688,645.33 3,935
AUGUST $27,220.55 $1,382,118.15 7,898
SEPTEMBER $53,935.68 $27,220.55 155
OCTOBER $10,512.21 $53,935.68 308
NOVEMBER $24,264.78 $10,512.21 60
DECEMBER $30,716.64 $54,981.42* 314
TOTAL $ 2,559,810.01 $ 2,559,906.26
** 14,627

*Zakat received in November and December was distributed in December.
**Assuming a unique family is receiving Zakat funds each month.



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