Despite being the 'Capital of Diaspora' the political, economic and cultural weight of the Syrian crisis has significantly weakened Yarmouk camp and its people. The suffering has been widespread due to military action, displacement, besiegement, domination, detention, destruction and death of Palestinians in Syria. Jafra aims to provide these people essentials - food, safe water, shelter - a means to pave their way to return to Yarmouk.
The military campaign launched in Yarmouk Camp, lasting one month, has caused immense damage and destruction to the area, leaving 80% of the camp destroyed, and many of its residents forced to migrate. These refugees are at risk of starvation, disease, exposure. This project targets these individuals, who remain historically under-served and marginalized and encourages them to return, to access these services, and to begin to rebuild their lives.
Jafra is providing immediate emergency relief - including nutritional foods, sleeping materials, rubble removal, water trucking, waste management, and rehabilitation of shelter- to the most vulnerable residing in Yarmouk Camp. With basic needs addressed, refugees, with the support of Jafra, can focus on the rehabilitation of their homes and communities.
Jafra was founded in 2002 in Yarmouk Camp by the grassroots community efforts of Palestinian refugees. The ongoing displacement and effects of the conflict on our own staff has taught us how to meet the real and identified needs of those often shadowed in times of war. Through continuation of Jafra's humanitarian programming in Yarmouk, Jafra will pave a road home for refugees, protecting and revitalizing their community for a better future.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).