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.
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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.
Jordan, Syria: Wells under construction in refugee camp
With funding from UNICEF and Xylem Watermark, Mercy Corps teams are building a water infrastructure for the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. This new well will be part of a system that brings clean water to the approximately 25,000 Syrian refugees who now call this home.
Jordan, Syria: Leena's worries for her children
I met Leena in the Zaatari refugee camp, near Jordan's northwest border with Syria.
Jordan, Syria: Zaatari refugee camp rapidly expands
Less than six miles from the Syrian border, the Zaatari camp opened just a month ago and is already home to more than 20,000 refugees. The most pressing need in the camp is water.
Jordan, Syria: Securing clean water for Syrian refugees
Mugar Dumitrache, Mercy Corps' emergency water and sanitation expert, recently arrived in Jordan to assess the situation in the rapidly expanding Zaatari refugee camp, now home to more than 15,000 people.
Jordan, Syria: Helping young refugees play
Just six miles south of the Jordan-Syria border, in the middle of a barren, windswept desert, there’s a haven of safety for more than 20,000 Syrians who have fled their homes in recent months.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria's refugee tide: Children at the heart of our mission
Children especially are swelling the refugee ranks. It is a scenario I have witnessed over many years in the Middle East, Central America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and other war zones.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Aiding Syrian refugees
As fighting intensifies and thousands of Syrians flee their country for the relative safety of neighbors like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, Mercy Corps is meeting important humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees.