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.
All stories about Jordan
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria's refugee tide: Children at the heart of our mission August 28, 2012
Children especially are swelling the refugee ranks. It is a scenario I have witnessed over many years in the Middle East, Central America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and other war zones.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Aiding Syrian refugees August 3, 2012
As fighting intensifies and thousands of Syrians flee their country for the relative safety of neighbors like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, Mercy Corps is meeting important humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees.
Jordan: Loans help families make the most of scarce water July 13, 2012
It is predicted that by 2025, Jordan will have completely drained its water resources. Farmers will not be able to grow crops, families will not have enough water to drink, cook or wash with.
Jordan: Aspiring young global citizens in Jordan February 7, 2011
One of the best aspects of my job is that I get the chance to hang out with youth in a number of different countries. Yesterday was one of those opportunities, and, as always, I left the gathering feeling energized and inspired.
Jordan: Youth in Jordan promote cultural heritage October 27, 2009
“Foundations for a Strong Future: Youth in Jordan and Lebanon Promote Cultural Heritage” is a project implemented by Mercy Corps Jordan and Lebanon. The project is funded by the European Union in the framework of the Euromed Heritage Programme and managed by Mercy Corps.
Jordan: Jordan's Queen visits Mercy Corps disability-rights project September 17, 2009
Jordan's Queen Rania recently visited a school where we're helping mainstream children with disabilities.
Iraq, Jordan: Food packages help Iraqi refugees January 5, 2009
Since the start of the 2003 war in Iraq, almost half a million Iraqis have sought refuge in Jordan. Many arrived with little more than what they were carrying. Jordan is a small and resource-scarce country and the influx of so many refugees has strained public services.
Jordan: Iraqi Refugees Learn to Help Each Other September 16, 2008
The 2003 war in Iraq forced almost half a million Iraqi residents to seek refuge in Jordan. Thousands arrived in Jordan with no resources, family or friends, unaware of the services and possibilities available in their new host community.
Jordan: Empowering Women in Their Communities September 16, 2008
Ajloun is a district in northern Jordan. A large part of the population of the area is educated. Even so, there are very few job opportunities in Ajloun, especially for women.
Jordan: Helping Iraqi Refugees November 8, 2007
Amman, Jordan — Few items furnished the cramped apartment, one of hundreds like it in one of this city's poorer districts: a tattered rug, an old couch, a mattress in the corner and a small fan to relieve the 100-degree heat.