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, Syria: Q+A: What you need to know about water scarcity in Jordan
Water is alarmingly scarce in Jordan. We spoke with a Mercy Corps water engineer about how his team is working to fix the problem and ensure that Jordanians and Syrian refugees have access to clean water.
Jordan, Syria: We asked refugees: What did you bring with you?
Many Syrian refugees fled with only seconds to grab what matters to them most. These personal items are now bittersweet symbols of home and hope.
Greece, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: What do refugees need after leaving everything behind?
People who escape the war in Syria leave nearly empty-handed and now have few options to support themselves. See some of the items we provide to help them maintain their new life.
Jordan, Syria: Against all odds: An equal opportunity to learn for refugee children with disabilities
Seven-year-old Khalid has muscular dystrophy and rarely left his family's caravan in Zaatari refugee camp. Learn how we helped him attend school for the first time.
Jordan, Syria: From refugee to role model
Sami hated life in the refugee camp when he arrived. Now, two years later, he’s helping other young people shift their perspective and dream for the future.
Jordan, Syria: After despair: Sami's story
Two years ago, Sami felt alone and trapped in his new life at Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp. Now, he's turned his experience around and is helping others as a volunteer for one of Mercy Corps' youth centers.
Jordan, Syria: Beyond water: New solutions in one of the driest countries
Change begins with clean water. See how we're repairing Jordan's aging water system to bring more of the vital resource to citizens and Syrian refugees.
Jordan, Syria: Video: More than a playground
After fleeing Syria, Hayat made Jordan her home away from home. Learn how a playground, and Mercy Corps' community leader training, helped her feel less alone.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: 8 important things Syrians have lost to four years of war
Four years after the start of the war in Syria, millions of refugees are still far from home. What are the daily challenges they face?
Jordan, Syria: Photos: Winter through the eyes of Syrian refugee children
In their own words, Syrian refugee children at Zaatari camp tell us what the winter has been like — and what they wish for to get through the freezing weather.