The Syrian crisis has become the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century. In just four years, more than 150,000 people have been killed, 6,5 million internally displaced and nearly three million forced to flee to neighbouring countries.
In Jordan, the United Nations has registered an estimated 650,000 Syrian refugees though their total number is difficult to evaluate. Many have settled in the central and northern governorates, in some of the country’s poorest communities. Action Against Hunger has developed its activities in Irbid, one of the most heavily populated governorates near the Syrian border.
What we are doing
Present in Jordan since 2013, we are providing a range of life-saving services for Syrian refugees and their host communities in Irbid and Ajloun. To reduce the risk of families contracting illnesses or the outbreak of disease, we build or repair sanitation and water systems and teach good hygiene practices.
As many are traumatised by what they have seen and experienced, our teams provide psychological support to the most vulnerable children and women. This, along with nutritional advice, also boosts mothers’ ability to nurture their children in this challenging new environment. To improve families’ living conditions, we are also providing food security and livelihood support.