Boundless need - sparks of hope in Jordan
Jordan is one of the countries particularly affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. More than 655,000 refugees from Syria are registered in Jordan. According to United Nations estimates, there are about 139,000 more people who are not registered. The majority of the refugees live outside the two large official camps Za´atri and Azraq in host communities. In addition, there are about 78,000 Syrians who are in no-man's-land between Syria and Jordan and hope to cross the border.
Many refugees have been in Jordan for six years now. They couldn't take much with them from their homeland and their savings have long since been used up. Only a few have a work permit and the rental costs are high. That is why most refugees depend on humanitarian aid to meet their basic needs. Their life situation is becoming increasingly precarious. Although the borders are effectively closed and Syrians are barely coming, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the refugees living in the country to finance the expensive life in Jordan. In their desperation, more and more refugees are considering returning to Syria or embarking on a life-threatening journey to Europe.
Diseases caused by cold weather
The bad and especially in winter completely inadequate housing situation often leads to illness. Mould in the walls, inadequate hygiene and lack of insulation often cause respiratory infections, diarrhoea and fever, especially in children. In winter, many households are not prepared for the icy temperatures and snowfall. There is a lack of warm blankets, clothing and heating material.
Together with our partner International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in Jordan, we are carrying out a project that helps particularly needy Syrian refugee families and Jordanian host families to survive the winter and improve their livelihoods. A total of 220 families receive electronic vouchers, which they can exchange for blankets, winter clothing or heating material as required. In addition, "cash for rent" supports 120 families in renting for three months. Some needy families also receive building materials to repair their makeshift shelters and protect them from the cold.
To give families a perspective and a livelihood, refugees can also participate in vocational training in an IOCC centre. Various basic technical skills are taught, for example for employment as a bricklayer, plumber or electrician. With this knowledge, the refugees can increase their chances of earning their own income.
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