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
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: An ongoing crisis January 14, 2013
Refugee numbers are predicted to double as Syria's violent conflict drags on. We're on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq helping meet their most urgent needs for water, warmth and safety.
Jordan, Syria: A well of hope at Zaatari refugee camp January 4, 2013
“Everybody here is looking forward to having easier access to clean water,” Elena Buryan, head of Mercy Corps’ emergency response team in Jordan, told me as we walked through Zaatari followed by children.
Jordan, Syria: When the basics matter most December 21, 2012
Two weeks ago today, I was drinking Turkish coffee on the floor of a cold, crumbling one-room dwelling in the town of Mafraq, on the Jordanian side of the Syria-Jordan border.
Jordan, Syria: Improving life in refugee camp December 7, 2012
The Zaatari refugee camp is practically unrecognizable from the giant dustbowl it was when it opened this past July.
Jordan, Syria: Wells under construction in refugee camp October 12, 2012
With funding from UNICEF and Xylem Watermark, Mercy Corps teams are building a water infrastructure for the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. This new well will be part of a system that brings clean water to the approximately 25,000 Syrian refugees who now call this home.
Jordan, Syria: Leena's worries for her children September 20, 2012
I met Leena in the Zaatari refugee camp, near Jordan's northwest border with Syria.
Jordan, Syria: Zaatari refugee camp rapidly expands August 31, 2012
Less than six miles from the Syrian border, the Zaatari camp opened just a month ago and is already home to more than 20,000 refugees. The most pressing need in the camp is water.
Jordan, Syria: Securing clean water for Syrian refugees August 31, 2012
Mugar Dumitrache, Mercy Corps' emergency water and sanitation expert, recently arrived in Jordan to assess the situation in the rapidly expanding Zaatari refugee camp, now home to more than 15,000 people.
Jordan, Syria: Helping young refugees play August 30, 2012
Just six miles south of the Jordan-Syria border, in the middle of a barren, windswept desert, there’s a haven of safety for more than 20,000 Syrians who have fled their homes in recent months.
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.