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: Struggle in a temporary home
Najwah and her husband Abad feel lucky to have found a temporary home in Mafraq, Jordan since they fled Syria with their children nine months ago.
Jordan, Syria: Jordan's hospitality for hundreds of thousands of Syrians
Recently I visited Mafraq, a border town that used to have a population of 60,000 people. Over the past 18 months, some 25,000 refugees have sought safety here.
Jordan, Syria: What will the future hold for Syria's young people?
After seeing her son imprisoned and tortured while trying to escape Syria, one mother wonders what's next for her family now that they are reunited in the Zaatari refugee camp.
Jordan, Syria: Syria refugee crisis becoming ‘unsustainable’
A visit to the Syrian refugee registration center in Jordan, which is receiving thousands of families who cross the border each day, highlights the urgent needs in this water-strapped country.
Jordan, Syria: A new home full of warmth and laughter
Meet one family who finally has protection from freezing temperatures thanks to Mercy Corps' winterization project in northern Jordan.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian refugees weather harsh winter far from home
I visited Zaatari refugee camp last week, after winter storms brought further hardship to the more than 50,000 Syrian refugees who now call it home.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: An ongoing crisis
Refugee numbers are predicted to double as Syria's violent conflict drags on. We're on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq helping meet their most urgent needs for water, warmth and safety.
Jordan, Syria: A well of hope at Zaatari refugee camp
“Everybody here is looking forward to having easier access to clean water,” Elena Buryan, head of Mercy Corps’ emergency response team in Jordan, told me as we walked through Zaatari followed by children.
Jordan, Syria: When the basics matter most
Two weeks ago today, I was drinking Turkish coffee on the floor of a cold, crumbling one-room dwelling in the town of Mafraq, on the Jordanian side of the Syria-Jordan border.
Jordan, Syria: Improving life in refugee camp
The Zaatari refugee camp is practically unrecognizable from the giant dustbowl it was when it opened this past July.