• Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps

The context

The second most water-poor country in the world is increasingly stressed by the influx of Syrian refugees seeking safety across the border. While many Syrians live in refugee camps, the majority live in towns where competition over housing, services, natural resources and jobs is increasing social stresses.

Infrastructure is literally breaking down under the strain: the water system leaks around 50 percent of pumped water, electricity needs have risen significantly, and areas with large numbers of refugees face high demand for both.

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Our work

  • Emergency response: Giving vulnerable Syrian and Jordanian families support to meet their most urgent and basic needs.
  • Water: Increasing the water supply for more than 500,000 refugees and host community members. Digging wells at refugee camps and local communities, renovating and replacing municipal water systems to more efficiently serve the larger population.
  • Children & Youth: Creating safe venues for children and young people to play and socialize both inside and outside refugee camps. Enabling schools to educate more refugee children, supporting integration of children with disabilities in schools, and helping young people learn new skills.
  • Conflict & governance: Supporting the ability of communities, community leaders and local government to resolve local stresses and tensions and to develop solutions to common problems.