More than 2.9 million Syrians have fled from the violent conflict in their country. Families continue to arrive in neighbouring countries without many possessions, in search of a safe place to stay, water to drink, food for their families.
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.
Medair is actively delivering shelter and health programming in the informal, tented settlements in the Bekaa Valley, where more than 130,000 Syrian refugees are seeking safety. The government has been hesitant to allow formal refugee camps, so these families are living in makeshift shelters on rented farmland from Lebanese farmers with little to no amenities such as water and sanitation.
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. Also of growing concern are the increasing malnutrition rates among pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five.
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.