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: Life as a refugee: Spend the day with Nour
From dawn to dusk, every hour with Nour, 13, and her family in Zaatari refugee camp shows the hardships millions of Syrians endure every day, three years since the war began — and the occasional joys they hang on to far from home.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian youth in their own words
Ten young refugees in Zaatari camp talk about what it's like to grow up without their home and what keeps them looking forward.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: Three years in crisis
A look inside the worst humanitarian disaster of our time and what we must do to help families trapped by war.
Jordan, Syria: Safe homes for refugee families
Housing, in any condition, is in high demand in Jordan as Syrian refugees continue to stream across the border. See how we repair dilapidated houses to give vulnerable families, like Henna's, a safe place to live.
Jordan: Water scarcity and the Syrian refugee crisis
Jordan is running out of water. Our new report details the daily impact on families and provides key recommendations to help the millions in need.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The human toll of the Syria crisis must be addressed long term
As civil war enters its fourth year, we're helping refugees and host countries cope with prolonged displacement — and urge international leaders to do the same.
Jordan, Syria: Winter for Ibrahim: Helping refugee kids stay warm in Zaatari
His mother thought they'd be able to return to Syria by now. How does a family survive winter without the basics of home?
Jordan, Syria: Preparing refugee families for a harsh winter
On a visit to deliver supplies to refugees outside camps, it's clear that blankets and heaters are just the beginning of what warms a home.
Jordan, Syria: A message for you from Syria's children
With your support, we're making sure refugee children don't feel forgotten. See what they created to say thank you for giving them hope for the future.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Raising awareness to prevent polio among Syrian refugee children
A polio outbreak in Syria raises concerns about disease in crowded refugee conditions. We're supporting UNCEF's vaccination campaign and addressing sanitation needs.