Training female plumbers in Jordan creates prospects for the future

08.07.2016 – Jordan suffers from severe water scarcity. GIZ is helping to improve the situation by training female plumbers – thus offering them prospects for the future.

Jordan is one of the world’s most arid countries. Due to the civil war in neighbouring Syria, Jordan has taken in very large numbers of refugees in recent years, most of whom are living in cities and local communities. This has intensified the pressure on already limited water resources.

In order to conserve this scarce resource while offering people in the region better prospects for the future, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been training Jordanian and Syrian women as plumbers since 2014 as part of a project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The women will repair water pipes in the Amman and Irbid governorates, thus helping to reduce water consumption.

Training women as plumbers offers an additional benefit: after training, they can carry out work in female households without a male relative being present – impossible for male plumbers in Jordan.

In addition, the training offers Syrian women prospects for the future and a means of supporting their families. One of the beneficiaries is trainee plumber Assia al Salameh, who fled with her family from Syria to Jordan.

So far, 125 women have completed the training – a third of them Syrian refugees. The aim is to train 150 women by the end of 2016.

GIZ in Jordan

GIZ has been working in Jordan for more than 40 years, focusing on the environment, democratisation, infrastructure, and social and economic development. Current priorities are a sustainable water supply and vocational training for Jordanians and Syrian and Palestinian immigrants.

Die GIZ ist seit mehr als 40 Jahren in Jordanien vertreten und in den Bereichen Umwelt, Demokratisierung, Infrastruktur, Soziale Entwicklung und Wirtschaft tätig. Aktuell liegen die Schwerpunkte auf der nachhaltigen Wasserversorgung und der beruflichen Bildung von Jordaniern sowie von syrischen und palästinensischen Einwanderern.