Jordan’s political stability and its location at the crossroads of the Middle East have long made it a haven for refugees. In recent decades, Jordan has sheltered Palestinian refugees and waves of people from Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia and other troubled lands.
Relief International launched Jordan operations in 2004, offering life-saving assistance to Palestinian and Iraqi refugees and to their Jordanian host communities. Since 2012, our focus has shifted to the crisis in neighboring Syria, which has sent more than 635,000 refugees into camps and communities in Jordan.
The current crisis has squeezed Jordan’s economic resources and sparked social tension. Jordanian receiving communities have sustained increased prices, as well as pressure on jobs and housing. Refugees in Jordan are physically and economically vulnerable, and displaced families across the border in Syria face even greater challenges. Thousands of Syrian children lack access to education.
In this difficult environment, RI’s work in Jordan:
- Provides tailored learning support to children and adolescents, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in the formal school system
- Enables teenagers to seek refuge in creative hangout spaces and to develop innovative solutions to social issues in the refugee camps they call home
- Supports the psychosocial wellbeing of children and adolescents and provides safe, child-friendly environments where children and their families can partake in structured activities
- Offers adolescents opportunities to develop life skills such as conflict resolution, leadership and creative thinking while also providing recreational activities like drama, art and sports
- Empowers teenagers and young adults who are out of school to continue learning, thus paving the way for more hopeful futures