Refugees from the Syrian conflict are escaping into neighbouring Jordan. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that already more than 630,000 Syrians have sought shelter in Jordan—a number that is equal to one tenth of the country’s total population. In response to the grave humanitarian situation in Syria, to support those directly affected by the conflict as well as the increasingly overburdened host communities, World Vision began responding to the escalating needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan in May, 2013. In April 2014, Azraq, a new refugee camp, opened in the north of Jordan, and World Vision planned, built and installed the largest part of the water and sanitation infrastructure of the camp and conducted hygiene awareness sessions in schools and kindergartens.
Additionally, World Vision's programmes included drainage and road works, as well as diaper/winter clothing distributions at Za'atari Refugee Camp. The majority of interventions of World Vision Jordan are now in host communities.
These include distribution of food, water vouchers and winter items, as well as remedial education classes for children and child and adolescent friendly spaces in Irbid, Zarqa, Amman, Mafraq, Jerash, Ajloun for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian families. Moreover, World Vision reached all the Kingdom’s governorates through targeted food assistance, in partnership with a local partner.