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: 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.
Jordan: Tackling the global water crisis with expert partner Xylem
One in eight people around the world does not have access to clean water. This is how we're exploring new ways to fix that.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Addressing growing needs as refugee crisis reaches ‘historic proportions’
While we work in the countries neighboring Syria, we're also actively engaged in advocacy efforts to ensure international leaders support the needs of Syrian refugees and their hosts.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian refugees outside camps struggle to meet needs
These are a few of the thousands of families we've been able to reach in northern Jordan. There are many more like them who need our help.
Jordan, Syria: Mothers coping with war: ‘I embrace them and tell them not to fear’
Over 75 percent of Syrian refugees are women and children. Find out how one mother is determined to help her children leave the trauma of war behind.
Jordan, Syria: Life in Zaatari: An inside look
Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp is filled with uniform rows of tent upon tent now housing an estimated 140,000 Syrians. What is it like there for families who don't know when they can return home?
Jordan, Syria: Finding joy on the playground
Images from a recent visit to a Mercy Corps-built playground for refugee kids shows how their resilient spirit comes alive with a safe and happy place to play.
Jordan, Syria: Zeinab's story: A child's refuge from war
Zeinab is a bright, wide-eyed girl I met at Dream Land, a Mercy Corps playground inside Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. “I am happy here,” she said. “It’s better here because there is no war.”
Jordan, Syria: A city rising from the desert
Less than a year after opening, Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp is now housing more than 140,000 Syrian refugees, the equivalent of the country's fourth largest city.