NEW MATCHING GIFT! Questscope's Board of Directors has provided a $80,000 matching gift for the rest of the year, so your gift now has twice the impact!
For more than 30 years, Questscope has built a reputation in the Middle East that is unparalleled. We partner with refugees and communities on the periphery, helping them better realize their fullest potential. Through our Trauma Recovery, Empowerment, and Economic Inclusion programs, we help excluded people and families find places to bloom again where hope is possible.
OUR WORK INCLUDES
Youth Center in Za'atari Refugee Camp
Serving thousands of Syrian refugee youth each year, Questscope's Youth Center is a vibrant setting situated in Jordan's camp of over 80,000 Syrian refugees. At the center, boys and girls have access to the relationships and programs to help them thrive — mentorship, sports activities and teams, visual and creative arts, photography, music education and music therapy programs, creative writing, and mental health.
Our Youth Center in Za’atari provides a safe place for Syrian refugee youth to learn, explore, and create - providing the relationships and resources refugees need for meaningful chances for health, education and livelihood opportunities.
Aqaba Harmony Kitchen
In Jordan’s port city of Aqaba, many refugees are struggling. Because these individuals are unregistered in Jordan, there is no funding or safety net for them. They cannot obtain legal documents, enroll their children in school, or apply for work permits.
Female-headed households are particularly vulnerable. Isolated without support and desperate for resources to feed their children, some of these women turn to marrying off a young daughter to an older man so that they can use the “bride price” to feed their other, younger children, at least for a while.
Questscope found a solution to help these women. Enter the Aqaba Harmony Kitchen. Questscope provides the tools and equipment, along with instruction, for women to prepare food in bulk to sell for local factories and businesses, as well as catering for people in their community. By selling the food they are making, they are earning an income which helps them make decisions about their family- largely keeping young girls out of childhood marriage, and, in school!
Non-Formal Education Program
The NFE program is a unique cooperative endeavor between a governmental agency (Jordan's Ministry of Education) and an international non-governmental organization (Questscope) that has resulted in creative approaches to youth needing a second chance at education and a pathway to educational credentials – an outcome critical to reintegration of young people into economic and social opportunities.
NFE is the first and only General Education Equivalence Degree Program (GED) in the Arab world and has enrolled more than 25,000 youth since 2003.
Through our Non-Formal Education programs, refugees outside the formal education system are given a pathway back into the formal education system, sparking hope, a sense of belonging, reductions in violence, positive impact on communities and increasing the possibility of a living wage.
$50 is the cost of a supply kit for the creative arts program in our Za’atari Youth Center
$125 covers the cost of a new guitar or oud for a student in our Music Education program
$600 enrolls an out-of-school child in our Non-Formal Education Program for an entire year
$1,000 provides the kitchen tools necessary for a woman to start her own catering business in our Aqaba Harmony Kitchen