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: Syrian wrestling champion brings hope to refugee youth
Mohammed Al Karad spent more than a decade as a star Syrian athlete. Now a refugee at Zaatari, he's channeling his past to be a positive role model for young Syrian refugees at Mercy Corps' Youth Center.
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Voices of Syria's youth: What it's like to grow up as a refugee
As part of our new research, we asked youth affected by the Syria crisis to describe their struggles and hopes. See their art and photos — and learn what we must do to help this generation rebuild.
Jordan, Syria: Inside Azraq, Jordan's newest refugee camp
Learn about the new safe haven that was designed to give Syrian refugees a better sense of structure and community amid the uncertain future they face.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: New workbooks help Syria's children tell their story
See the beautiful images by Syrian-born illustrator Lina Safer in our Comfort for Kids workbooks, which help young refugees heal through creative expression and stay connected to their culture.
Jordan, Syria: Getting Syria's most vulnerable children to school
Children with disabilities can easily fall through the cracks during the upheaval of war. We're making sure kids like Hayam have their needs met to continue their education as refugees.
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.