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.
- 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.
Jordan: Empowering Women in Their Communities
Jordan: Helping Iraqi Refugees
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.
Jordan: Transition to Education
Amman, Jordan — Smiles spread from ear to ear as the school-age girls called for the attention of their friends. For several hours, they frolicked on the playsets in the Zara Youth Park, a quiet greenspace set in a comfortable Amman neighborhood.
Jordan: Saving Water in an Arid Paradise
'Ein Jenna, Jordan — The name of this village means "Spring of Paradise" in Arabic. It's a moniker that belies one of the main challenges facing this and countless other Jordanian communities: the scarcity of water.
Jordan: Quenching the Thirst of Goats
Al-Karak, Jordan — Few people know the value of water better than Za'al Al-Kawaleet.
Jordan: Access Middle East
Karen Saba's assignment for Mercy Corps is daunting in both its aim and its breadth.
Jordan: Expanding Rural Livelihoods Opens Doors for Women
Jordan: Capitalizing on Rainfall in Jordan