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: In the news: Marketplace examines impact of Syrian refugee crisis on host countries
As more refugees continue to stream across Syria's borders, Marketplace talks to Mercy Corps about the strain on Jordanian host communities.
Jordan, Syria: Missile strikes or no missile strikes, Syrians are desperate
There are lots of complicated, open questions about Syria this week. But one fact is crystal clear: Syrians are going to continue suffering massively and the world is failing to meet their needs.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the news: Two million Syrian refugees
A UN announcement today marks another tragic milestone in the ongoing Syria crisis. On CNN, we discuss the burden on host countries and what the international community must do to help.
Jordan, Syria: Building Azraq, the newest Syrian refugee camp
With Syrian refugee numbers expected to keep climbing, aid groups are working around the clock to get a second major refugee camp running in September.
Jordan, Syria: Omran's story: Soccer is a comfort from home
Sports have helped Omran let go of anger and adjust to life at Zaatari refugee camp, where Mercy Corps built fields and will start a league for the kids.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the news: One million Syrian refugee children
The UN announced today that one million Syrian children have now been registered as refugees. And of those, some 740,000 are under the age of 11.
Jordan, Syria: Ibrahim’s story: A chance to play is a chance to heal
Eight-year-old Ibrahim saw war rage outside his window in Syria. Now at Zaatari refugee camp, our play spaces and activities are helping him feel safe again.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Q+A: How we're protecting Syrian refugee kids
Our child protection expert in Jordan and Lebanon explains what their life is like and what Mercy Corps is doing to keep them safe.
Jordan, Syria: Sandcastles bring happiness to Syrian kids
In these photos, you can see how the simple opportunity to play and use their imaginations brings comfort to the youngest refugees.
Jordan, Syria: Rallying local support to help Syrian refugees
One dedicated woman is marshaling volunteers and donations in Jordan to help us meet refugees’ most urgent, everyday needs.