Help meet the immediate needs of vulnerable Syrian refugees. Support local communities to mitigate tensions over scarce resources and improve water infrastructure to better serve the increasing population.
The fourth water-poorest country in the world is increasingly stressed by the influx of Syrian refugees seeking safety across the border. Zaatari is considered the second largest refugee camp in the world, but the majority of Syrians live in towns where the competition over housing and jobs is increasing tensions.
Infrastructure is literally breaking down under the strain: The nation's aging water system leaks 76 billion liters per year, and areas with large numbers of refugees face water shortages at emergency levels.
- Emergency response: Distributing clothes, blankets and household supplies to Syrian refugees. Improving shelters for families outside camps.
- Water: Increasing the water supply for more than 500,000 refugees and host community members. Digging wells at Zaatari regugee camp that will eliminate the need for supplies to be trucked in. Renovating municipal water systems to decrease waste and reachan additional 400,000 people. Financing household projects ,school improvements and reservoirs to promote improved conservation.
- Children & Youth: Building safe spaces for Syrian children to play in refugee camps and leading activities that help them heal and grow. Enabling schools to expand their enrollment to educate more refugee children, including those with disabilities.
- Conflict & governance: Supporting community groups to resolve tensions and develop common solutions to their immediate problems.
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Jordan, Syria: In the news: TODAY highlights Mercy Corps' work with Syrian refugees September 20, 2013
Jordan Country Director Rob Maroni discusses the families he's met and the tremendous need he witnesses every day.
Jordan, Syria: Helping Syrian refugees rebuild in Jordan September 19, 2013
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Jordan, Syria: Aya's story: A future in limbo September 17, 2013
Just a year from finishing high school when she fled Syria, Aya now struggles to help her family find a semblance of home in Zaatari refugee camp.
Jordan, Syria: In the news: Marketplace examines impact of Syrian refugee crisis on host countries September 12, 2013
As more refugees continue to stream across Syria's borders, Marketplace talks to Mercy Corps about the strain on Jordanian host communities.
Jordan, Syria: Missile strikes or no missile strikes, Syrians are desperate September 4, 2013
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Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the news: Two million Syrian refugees September 3, 2013
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Jordan, Syria: Building Azraq, the newest Syrian refugee camp August 30, 2013
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Jordan, Syria: Omran's story: Soccer is a comfort from home August 27, 2013
Sports have helped Omran let go of anger and adjust to life at Zaatari refugee camp, where Mercy Corps built fields and will start a league for the kids.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the news: One million Syrian refugee children August 23, 2013
The UN announced today that one million Syrian children have now been registered as refugees. And of those, some 740,000 are under the age of 11.