More than 2.1 million Syrians have fled from the violent conflict in their country. Families are arriving in neighbouring countries without many possessions, in search of a safe place to stay, water to drink, food for their families. As more and more refugees arrive, the host communities have become increasingly overwhelmed by the surging population.
As the number of refugees continues to climb, host nations like Lebanon and Jordan are at a breaking point as they try to support so many vulnerable families. The greatest restriction to increased humanitarian work in the region is lack of funding.
In Jordan and Lebanon, Medair is responding to urgent unmet needs among refugees in close coordination with other agencies.
Medair began responding to the Syrian Crisis in 2012.
The government has been hesitant to allow formal refugee camps, so many families have found shelter in urban areas or set up temporary shelters and random encampments on farmland. In the Bekaa Valley, across the border from Syria, thousands of people are living in makeshift tents, ill-equipped to handle the harsh weather in winter and summer.
In Jordan, the majority of refugees are living outside formal camps in urban settings. Affordable rent is a concern as overcrowding and competition for shelter grows.
When crisis strikes, health risks multiply. Families suffer from preventable diseases. Children are weakened from malnutrition. Everyone needs health care and nutrition—especially during crisis.
Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.