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 refugee camps and renovating municipal water systems to more efficiently serve the larger population. Financing household projects, school improvements and reservoirs to conserve limited water resources.
- 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.
All stories about Jordan
Jordan, Syria: Ibrahim’s story: A chance to play is a chance to heal August 22, 2013
Eight-year-old Ibrahim saw war rage outside his window in Syria. Now at Zaatari refugee camp, our play spaces and activities are helping him feel safe again.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Q+A: How we're protecting Syrian refugee kids August 20, 2013
Our child protection expert in Jordan and Lebanon explains what their life is like and what Mercy Corps is doing to keep them safe.
Jordan, Syria: Sandcastles bring happiness to Syrian kids August 15, 2013
In these photos, you can see how the simple opportunity to play and use their imaginations brings comfort to the youngest refugees.
Jordan, Syria: Rallying local support to help Syrian refugees July 15, 2013
One dedicated woman is marshaling volunteers and donations in Jordan to help us meet refugees’ most urgent, everyday needs.
Jordan: Tackling the global water crisis with expert partner Xylem June 21, 2013
One in eight people around the world does not have access to clean water. This is how we're exploring new ways to fix that.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Addressing growing needs as refugee crisis reaches ‘historic proportions’ June 20, 2013
While we work in the countries neighboring Syria, we're also actively engaged in advocacy efforts to ensure international leaders support the needs of Syrian refugees and their hosts.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian refugees outside camps struggle to meet needs June 11, 2013
These are a few of the thousands of families we've been able to reach in northern Jordan. There are many more like them who need our help.
Jordan, Syria: Mothers coping with war: ‘I embrace them and tell them not to fear’ May 10, 2013
Over 75 percent of Syrian refugees are women and children. Find out how one mother is determined to help her children leave the trauma of war behind.
Jordan, Syria: Life in Za'atari: An inside look April 19, 2013
Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp is filled with uniform rows of tent upon tent now housing an estimated 140,000 Syrians. What is it like there for families who don't know when they can return home?
Jordan, Syria: Finding joy on the playground April 11, 2013
Images from a recent visit to a Mercy Corps-built playground for refugee kids shows how their resilient spirit comes alive with a safe and happy place to play.