A place of refuge between willingness to help and being overwhelmed.
Jordan has taken in the second highest percentage Syrian refugees in the world, after Lebanon, in proportion to its population.
Jordan, as a country neighboring Syria, has taken in hundreds of thousands of individuals fleeing the violence in Syria. The Jordanian government has made many efforts to support the refugees. However, due to the long-term strain and ongoing pressure, Jordan is increasingly reaching the limits of its already strained health, education and infrastructure systems. The country faces major economic and social challenges, such as high unemployment and an increasing number of Jordanians living below the poverty line. Extreme water shortages and the spread of COVID-19 also weigh heavily on the country.
Jordan operates large refugee camps where residents receive regular food, water, and shelter with international support. More than 80 percent of Syrian refugees, however, live in Jordanian cities, mostly under extremely poor conditions.
Although many Syrians are officially registered as refugees, they have few legal rights. They are eligible for many public services, but availability is often limited due to increased demand. Most employment sectors are closed to them and given the high unemployment rate, many cannot find work, have no income of their own, and are thus dependent on aid.
Almost half of Syrian refugees are children under the age of 15. Many are considered at risk because at least two of the following basic needs are not secured: Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, Child Protection and Child Safety. Because families cannot afford the cost of school fees, school supplies and transportation, many children do not attend school.
VHI is active in the cities of Manshia (Mafraq district) and Karak (Karak district) to support both refugee families and socially disadvantaged families from the host community.