Relief International (RI) started working in 2004 providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance, and program services to vulnerable communities in Jordan, such as Palestinian refugees, Iraqi refugees, and Jordanian host communities. Through the incorporation of integrated programming, RI launched different projects related to education, sanitation and health, internet learning, digital community, and culture exchange.
On March 15, 2011, the unrest in Syria began as a part of the Arab Spring in the Middle East. More than 2 million Syrians were displaced across five countries. More than 500,000 refugees moved to Jordan and 100,000 are living in Za’atari refugee camp, north Jordan, making it the second largest camp in the world; however, this represents only 20-30 percent of the refugees in Jordan, since most are living in host communities. A second camp in Azraq is slated to open in November 2013 to respond to the growing numbers.
Relief International began life-saving operations in Jordan in 2012 to assist Syrian refugees living in camps and host communities. Over the past year, RI’s refugee response has grown, providing needed services in education, water and sanitation hygiene, and non-food-items distribution. RI has concluded a WASH Rehabilitation and Hygiene Promotion project in the North Jordan host communities of Mafraq, Ramtha, and Irbid, as well as a Remedial Education/WASH intervention in Karak, Central Jordan. These projects in north and central Jordan combined non-food-items distribution, households, and community based training sessions in best hygiene practices and infrastructure rehabilitation. RI’s Remedial Education programs operate within the Za’atari camp in Mafraq, and King Abdullah Park and Cyber City in Ramtha, north Jordan. These activities are helping to provide educational support to Syrian refugee children and youth enrolled in the education system within the camps. Activities are designed to provide additional support for classes within the formal system to better prepare the children to succeed and advance within the Jordanian curriculum.
Jordan - Current Programs
Jordan: Providing Educational Support for Syrian Refugees in Karak
Relief International is helping Syrian refugee children enroll in school and catch up to their Jordanian peers. Learn More...
Jordan: Relief International Remedial Education Center, Zaatari Refugee Camp
To help provide adequate learning opportunities, Relief International has opened a remedial education center to provide educational support that will help Syrian refugee children succeed in the formal classroom setting. Learn More...
Jordan: Emergency WASH Assistance for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities in North Jordan
Since December 2012, Relief International has worked to ensure that refugees and host communities have access to adequate water and sanitation facilities and engage in healthy hygiene practices. Learn More...
Jordan - Past Programs
- Jordan: Leadership and Educational Achievement Program for Iraqi Refugees in Jordan (LEAP)
- Jordan: Community Based Learning and Action Centers (CBLACs)
- Jordan: International Sports Initiative
- Jordan: Digital Community Centers
- Jordan: Regional Teacher Training
- Jordan: RI Said Foundation Scholarship
- Jordan: Development Support for Iraqi Refugees through Education and Protection: Binaa and Al Qarya