Most of the 80,000 inhabitants of the Zaatari refugee camp are children, 80 babys are born there each week. Alongside with 29 schools, there are 13 Makani centres, in which children and teenagers can spend the afternoon. The Arab word "Makani” means "my room”. The children, who are often traumatised by war and flight, can exercise activities such as playing, dancing and drawing, and they also get psychological support. The centres are managed by UNICEF, there are also specialists from Syria working there. KfW who is financing the power and water supply of the Zaatari camp on behalf of the German Federal Government also supports the Makanis.
(KfW Group/Thomas Schuch)
Published on KfW Stories: Tuesday, 22 May 2018
The described project contributes to the following United Nationsʼ Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Health is the goal, prerequisite and result of sustainable development. Supporting health is a humanitarian requirement – both in developed and developing countries. Around 39 per cent of the worldʼs population lives without health insurance. In poor countries, this amount even exceeds 90 per cent. Many people still die from diseases that are not necessarily fatal with the right treatment, or that could easily be prevented with vaccinations. Strengthening health systems, particularly by making vaccines widely available, can make it possible for us to drive these diseases back and even eradicate them by 2030.
All United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda in 2015. At its heart is a list of 17 goals for sustainable development, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our world should become a place where people are able to live in peace with each other in ways that are ecologically compatible, socially just, and economically effective.