Jordan

Country Facts

DRC present since:

2003

Staff on location:

200

Displaced population:

664,392

What we do

Displacement situation

Jordan is one of the countries most affected by the Syria conflict, currently considered the second largest refugee hosting country per capita with 89 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants. More than 83 per cent of refugees in Jordan live outside of camps, 86 per cent of which live below the poverty line. In the face of an economic decline, funding cuts and the COVID-19 pandemic, many Syrian families in the country struggle to access basic services and meet their basic needs. Poverty levels have recently increased by 38 per cent among Jordanians and 18 per cent among Syrian refugees. Needs for better employment opportunities, psychosocial support and education are on the rise.

DRC Response

DRC has been active in Jordan since 2003 when it first responded to the Iraqi refugee crisis. In 2013, DRC launched a multi-sectorial response to the Syrian crisis in Jordan, focusing on protection and economic recovery. Activities encompass both critical emergency response and sustainable long-term solutions, and DRC works to strengthen the protective environment, encourage self-reliance in vulnerable households and communities, and provide access to basic services and livelihood opportunities for displacement-affected communities in seven governorates cross the Kingdom as well as in Azraq refugee camp.

Contact

Lilu Thapa

Executive Director Middle East

[email protected]

Fatma Chehidi

Country Director

[email protected]

Snapshots

A sewing machine can pave the way

More than 70 million people are seeking refuge from war – half of them are women. Female refugees are generally at greater risk of abuse than men, they find it harder to raise money to survive and are often single parents. In the Asraq camp in Jordan, many women have found refuge from the war in Syria. Typically, they arrive with their children, tired and worn out by the flight away from bombs and terrorist attacks. They have lost everything and are dependent on help to create a livelihood. Thanks to our sewing facilities, many of the women in the Asraq camp are now able to provide for their children. Here, a course and a sewing machine pave the way for an income, which gives the women food on the table, warm clothes in the winter, and enough ressources to send their children to school.

A sewing machine can pave the way

More than 70 million people are seeking refuge from war – half of them are women. Female refugees are generally at greater risk of abuse than men, they find it harder to raise money to survive and are often single parents. In the Asraq camp in Jordan, many women have found refuge from the war in Syria. Typically, they arrive with their children, tired and worn out by the flight away from bombs and terrorist attacks. They have lost everything and are dependent on help to create a livelihood. Thanks to our sewing facilities, many of the women in the Asraq camp are now able to provide for their children. Here, a course and a sewing machine pave the way for an income, which gives the women food on the table, warm clothes in the winter, and enough ressources to send their children to school.

Azraq Jordan Sewing Facility Photo By Martin Thaulow 3723 1600Px
Ameena's business grant has improved her life

Arriving to Azraq camp in Jordan in 2016 as a refugee, Ameena has struggled to support herself and her family. With funding from OCHA, Ameena received one of our small business grants to start her sewing business. Now, she is able to support her children's daily expenses and education.

Ameena's business grant has improved her life

Arriving to Azraq camp in Jordan in 2016 as a refugee, Ameena has struggled to support herself and her family. With funding from OCHA, Ameena received one of our small business grants to start her sewing business. Now, she is able to support her children's daily expenses and education.