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During 2016, the already difficult situation of many Syrian refugees in Jordan further deteriorated. Of the more than 650 000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, 78 per cent live outside the camps, mainly in cities. Most of them live below the poverty line. They struggle just to cover their basic needs, such as food and shelter. In order to scrape together the necessary cash, they are forced to resort to dangerous strategies: they eat less, take their children out of school, refrain from health measures, or take on exploitative or dangerous work.
Cash support, improved hygiene conditions, winter assistance and individual support in crises
Jointly with its project partner Caritas Jordan, Caritas Switzerland is helping 860 Syrian refugee families and 250 needy Jordanian families to secure their basic needs. A total of 1110 households in the provinces of Mafraq, Irbid, Zarqa and Amman are receiving limited, but, nevertheless, more-in-depth support which will be sustained over a period of two years:
In Jordan, in addition to the covering of basic needs, Caritas also promotes income opportunities for Syrian refugees and Jordanian families.
Country / Region / Place
Jordan / Governorates of Mafraq, Irbid, Zarqa and Amman
1,100 households (860 Syrian, 250 Jordanian / at least 6,700 people ); 80 Caritas Jordan staff and 16'000 indirect beneficiaries
01.1.2017 - 31.03.2019
To contribute to addressing humanitarian needs of vulnerable Syrian refugees living in non-camp settings and vulnerable Jordanians affected by the Syria crisis in Jordan in accordance with the Jordan Response Plan 2016-2018 (JRP)
Richard Asbeck, Tel. 041 419 22 29, rasbeck @ caritas .ch
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