Jordan has welcomed more than 650,000 Syrian refugees with open arms. But as refugees continue to arrive, this country with its scarce natural resources is struggling to carry the heavy burden. As a result, the border has tightened. Dwindling funds and support from foreign governments has led to a dangerous lack of life-saving services. Some refugees feel they have little choice but to return to the dangers of Syria or risk migrating overseas.
Most Syrians in Jordan live outside the formal camps in rented rooms or apartments, often shared with several families. Affordable rent is a major problem, as is access to basic services such as water, health care, and food. Most Syrians are unable to legally earn an income in Jordan, making it extremely difficult for them to live in the country without assistance.
WHAT WE DO
Health Care – A network of trained community health volunteers visit refugees in their homes and promote good health, hygiene, and nutrition practices among refugees. We also increase access and strengthen support services for trauma victims and women and girls affected by gender-based violence.
Additionally, Medair provides financial support for pregnant women to receive health care before, during, and after delivery. Community health volunteers set up mother support groups where women can come together to discuss issues important to them, as well as for education on healthy behaviours such as breastfeeding and hygiene practices.
Cash-Assistance – Medair helps families improve their living conditions by providing cash assistance, which allows them to pay for their rent and make purchases for their most urgent needs. During the winter season, we arrange for one-time cash grants for families to buy winterisation supplies, such as heaters and blankets. We also partner with local organisations to offer legal advice related to housing and tenancy issues.
Support to Vulnerable Jordanians – Medair provides support to poor and highly vulnerable Jordanian families who have been impacted by the refugee crisis. We help organise training and cash grants for their small-business initiatives.