We were incorporated in 2005 as a not-for-profit organization. Since that time we have engaged in meeting human need in Nicaragua, Haiti, Japan, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico, India and even in the United States after hurricanes Katrina (New Orleans) and Sandy (northeastern United States).
Jordan International Aid (JIA) is not just another typical “relief” agency. While we are actively engaged in providing emergency relief when disasters strike around the world, we are more committed to the concept of “development” as opposed to relief. Let us explain the difference between relief and development.
You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime!” Those two sentences perhaps describe the difference between relief and development better than anything else. The first sentence describes “relief” – where there is urgent human problem that must be met immediately. In a situation such as the Haitian earthquake or the Japanese tsunami or any other natural or man-made disaster where the local infrastructure has been destroyed, people must have immediate supplies of water, food and medical care until the infrastructure can recover and once again provide all that is needed or survival.
The second sentence, about teaching a man to fish, describes development. Development recognizes that human beings have dignity and that the human spirit is as vitally important as the human body. Rather than giving someone something (which tends to create dependency and destroy positive self-image and energy), development helps people identify the root causes of their problems and then helps them discover the abilities and assests that are already at their disposal and then helps them take ownership for the solution themselves.
When it is appropriate, JIA will provide emergency response teams the assist in relief efforts. But our hearts lie in development work – helping people around the world become self-sustaining and self-reliant. In so doing, we change communities for generations to come, not just for a few days.
We hope that you’ll check out our other pages: the Campaign page where you can learn about various resources that are available for you to use in your local school, church, club or even as a sports team to help raise awareness and funding necessary to help those who so desperately need help; our Kenya page about our work with a Children’s Home and Relief Center in that African nation; our Cambodia page (where we’ve helped over 1800 children escape the horrors of the human child sex trade).
In addition, we encourage you to visit our Disaster Relief page to learn about past disaster relief efforts and where you can ask to be notified of future disaster relief efforts and where you can let us know of your interest/skills if you would like to be considered for possible inclusion in future disaster relief efforts.