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, household 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
Hygiene in the Azraq Camp for Syrian Refugees
Bread distributed by the UN World Food Programme was improperly stored in the camp - becoming a dangerous source of disease vectors. RI worked with refugees to promote better food hygiene. Learn More...
Parents as Change Agents - Promoting Sanitation in Jordan
In partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), RI is implementing a project to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices of Jordanian and Syrian students attending 45 schools (54 shifts) in the Irbid and Mafraq governorates. By improving access to water supplies and sanitation facilities at these schools, as well as their hygiene and water conservation practices, RI is significantly alleviating the infrastructural challenges these public schools are facing with the influx of Syrian refugee students and decreasing susceptibility to communicable diseases. Learn More...
Jordan: Educational Support for Syrian Children and Youth in the Azraq Camp
In this new camp, Relief International, in partnership with UNICEF, is providing educational support to Syrian refugee children so they can overcome their current challenges to academic progress and adopt skills for a better future. Learn More...
Jordan: Improving Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in the Azraq Camp
As the Azraq camp grows, RI's team will be meeting the hygiene needs of refugee families. Learn More...
Jordan: Improving Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools
Through this project, RI is improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices at 45 schools in the Irbid and Mafraq governorates 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 - Past Programs
- Jordan: Emergency Winterization Relief Items for Syrian Refugees and Vulnerable Jordanians Living in Al-Mafraq and Irbid
- Jordan: Providing Educational Support for Syrian Refugees in Karak
- Jordan: Emergency WASH Assistance for Syrian Refugees and Host Communities in North Jordan
- 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