A Country Struggling With An Overflow of Refugees
Jordan is a country of 6.5 million people. Its central geographic position – bordered by Iraq, Syria, the West Bank, Israel and Saudi Arabia—brings it into constant contact with regional turbulence. Since 2011, over 635,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan, along with more refugees from Iraq. The last wave is roughly a 10% increase in population within the borders of this small country in just a few short years.
- Syrian children at the Zaatari Regugee Camp in Jordan.
The crisis in Syria is causing significant problems within Jordan, including:
- Increased education, health and energy costs for the Government of Jordan.
- Crowded classes, plus students with divergent skills and educational backgrounds in some communities.
- Pressure on scarce water, sanitation and wastewater resources.
- Crowded health facilities and shortages of medications and other health supplies in some communities. Many doctors and hospitals require cash payment up front, or a substantial deposit for services. This places a tremendous burden – sometimes a life-threatening burden – on poor Jordanians and on refugees.
- Increased tensions in communities hosting large numbers of refugees due to greater competition for employment, increased costs for food and housing, and more solid waste and litter.
- The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Photo by: Paul Jeffrey
Your donations – and those of other caring supporters – are the reason why IOCC has been able to help Jordan’s needy families since 2005. This includes distribution of basic humanitarian aid to refugees.
Through the cooperation of local churches, the Ministry of Social Development and community-based organizations, IOCC’s assistance reaches some of Jordan’s most remote areas.
Specific Aid You Help Make Possible
Cold desert winds can be brutal at night. Warm clothing, winter blankets, food, hygiene kits, mattresses and insulating rugs are being distributed to Syrian refugee families living in the capital city of Amman and the Jordanian governorates of Irbid, Mafraq, Ajloun, Jerash and Madaba. In addition, Jordanian families hosting refugees, or indirectly affected by the crisis also receive these same items. They’re also given household items such as cookware and food parcels.
- Medical and education support to Jordan’s needy families, as well as to refugees living in Jordan.
- Over 250 disabled Jordanian children and adults have received wheelchairs and walking aids, giving them greater freedom of movement.
- At Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee Camp, IOCC is providing relief for communicable diseases by distributing anti-lice kits for more than 20,000 children.
- Girls in Jordan are required to wear school uniforms, but many poor families can’t afford them. Thanks to donations from IOCC supporters like you, 30,000 Syrian refugee girls now have uniforms and can attend school.
- 50,000 refugee children have received tote bags of school supplies like notebooks, pencils and rulers to replace supplies left behind when fleeing their war-torn homeland.
Mona, 8, and her new friend, Maysam, 9, are overjoyed with the two new uniforms that will allow them to attend a Jordanian public school this fall. IOCC is providing school uniforms to more than 30,000 Syrian refugee children living in Jordan to enable them to continue their education.
Many exiled Syrian and Iraqi families receive rent assistance. This is the only way they can keep a roof over their heads as they adjust to a new and unsettling status as refugees.
Your Gift At Work - Meet Manal
Warm winter clothing means so much to five-year-old Manal. Her family lost everything when rocket fire struck their home in Homs, Syria. This precious little girl suffered second- and third-degree burns over her entire left side. Her family fled to Jordan.
She used to laugh and play, but now she rarely smiles as she endures the curious stares at her painful scars. With tears flowing, Manal’s mother said, “She isolates herself because she’s ashamed of how she looks. With no money and no work for my husband, it’s hard to keep her dressed in clothes that keep her warm and help ease her pain.”