Jordan has been directly affected by the refugee crisis in Syria. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), it has the second highest share of refugees compared to its population in the world, with 89 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants. Though the Jordanian government has issued thousands of work permits for refugees, many still remain severely under-resourced, facing hunger and exposure to brutal weather.
The humanitarian situation in Jordan is concerning:
Islamic Relief USA has continued to bring quality service to the people of Jordan while adapting to the country’s changing needs.
From life-saving support for refugees to a state-of-the-art mobile clinic, Islamic Relief USA has continued to bring quality service to the people of Jordan while adapting to the country’s changing needs.
Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts across Jordan:
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better Jordan a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.
Alia, a mother of six children, was one of the Syrian refugees who fled their country several years ago due to the kidnappings and killings that were the most common security breaches in Homs.
“We were farmers and livestock breeders, working in our own land. We used to live in a warm house. Alhamdulillah, we were happy and grateful for God for his greetings. However, our life has been changed completely, after the crisis started. It become a nightmare. At the beginning, we have tried to manage ourselves but after that the situation was getting worse, we couldn’t afford bread to eat. When the basic services like water, electricity and even the medical services have been stopped, I decided to leave.”
When we met Alia, she was living in a small house where she paid the cash assistance she received to the house owner and was dependent on her son’s job to cover the basic needs “ My eldest son, Malk- 17 years old ,has no stable Job and no work permission. He got a very small amount of money but it helps as we are a big family. We used to have three meals like any other family but here we spend days without bread so what do you think??! Is it the life that we are looking for??”
“I fled to Al Mafraq, North Jordan with my kid, my father- in -law and sister- in -law. My husband refused to come with us. I know the life will not going to be easy but finding yourself have nothing, no home, no husband, no food is much more difficult than what I have expected”. She added.
Islamic Relief provided Alia with essential winterization items including blanket, heater, gas-cylinder, clothes voucher and hygiene voucher as part of its winter aid campaign that support some 2,500 families that year.
“I would like to thank Islamic Relief for this kind assistance, I’m so happy that we have a new heater since we have an old one and it’s not working very well. This morning we found the gas-cylinder we have is empty and I was talking to my son about how to get a money to refill it and you brought me a new filled one I think you heard me. Today we went to the clothes shop and bought new clothes. My children was so happy to have a new clothes. You make them smile again.!! May God bless you and reward you.”