Syria Humanitarian Response: Assistance to Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon
The wave of Arab unrest that began in Tunisia in December 2010 reached Syria in the spring of 2011, when conflict broke out between the Syrian government and opposition groups who took to the streets in protest. There are over 2 million Syrian refugees who have fled from Syria to the countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt due to the crisis. The scale of the current humanitarian emergency in the region is expected to grow as thousands of Syrians cross the border each day seeking refuge in neighboring nations. Moreover, it is estimated that there are over four million internally displaced people (IDPs) and upwards of six million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria. Violence and destruction continue to spread as the government and opposition groups struggle for control of the country.
Many children have missed months and up to two years of school due to violence or displacement and are in need of psycho-social support to cope with trauma. Furthermore, the crisis has had dramatic impacts on the Syrian economy, as well as on those of surrounding countries, where IDP, refugee and host communities alike suffer from a rise in prices coupled with increasingly limited access to even basic goods and services.
Beginning in 2012, Relief International has set up life-saving operations in Jordan and Lebanon to assist refugees living both in refugee camps and in vulnerable conflict-affected host-communities. Relief International is implementing programs to help nearly 70,000 Syrians in need.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) assistance to Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon:
- The distribution hygiene kits that include soap, toothbrushes, sanitary pads (for women), and other basic supplies that allow families to practice minimum hygiene and live with dignity.
- The provision of water, cleaning kits, water purification supplies, and hygiene awareness education to improve the health and hygiene of vulnerable refugees and host families.
Educational Support to Syrian Refugees in Jordan:
- The provision of remedial education and tutoring services for over 5,000 school children Grades 1 -11 residing in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Relief International has opened a remedial education center in the Za’atari camp where children can receive educational support, enjoy recreational activities, and heal and play in an open, safe space.
- Relief International has started a remedial education program in Qasabat Al-Karak, central Jordan, to assist Syrian refugee youth with school enrollment, educational support and “catch up” classes to help Syrian children catch up to their Jordanian peers.
The need for life-saving emergency assistance continues to grow. To donate to our Syrian Humanitarian Response fund and help families survive, please visit: