United Hands Relief in Jordan
Jordan is considered one of the leading developing countries in the region, especially owing to its healthcare services, education programs, and standard of living. The country’s populace suffers from relatively high rates of unemployment and poverty.
In 1946, Jordan was officially recognized as an independent state known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Since then, Jordan has served as a safe haven for refugees fleeing conflict in neighboring countries, Palestine, Iraq, and now Syria. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jordan is home to close to 2 million Palestinian refugees, almost one million Syrian refugees, and around 400,000 Iraqi refugees. Refugees face the painful burden of poverty in Jordan. Unfortunately, the exodus of the hundreds of thousands of new refugees has overwhelmed the Jordanian government and agencies who lack the resources to provide services at the required scale. However, the Jordanian government and international relief organizations have launched initiatives to assist refugees through different training and work programs, housing projects and citizenship.
Facts about the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan (World Food Program):
- Since the onset of the conflict in Syria, Jordan has shouldered the impact of a massive refugee influx across its borders. Today, Syrian refugees account for nearly 10 percent of the kingdom’s population, placing substantial pressure on its over-stretched resources.
- More than 700,000 Syrians are registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. 81 percent of these refugees live in urban villages and major cities around Jordan, where they mainly rely on themselves to cover rent, transportation and medical care.
- A limited number of refugees have work permits, thus most of these families rely on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs.
- Today, more than 40,000 Syrians are stranded at the northeastern border between Jordan and Syria.
- More than half the Syrian refugee population in children.
- Though most Syrian refugees in Jordan live in host communities, the country is now home to the second largest refugee camp in the world – Zaatari camp.
In Jordan, United Hands Relief appoints a team that coordinates an Orphan Care program; Needy Refugee Family Assistance program; healthcare program; educational initiatives, such as distributing school backpacks and supplies to children; and seasonal food distributions.
UHR focuses on the Needy Refugee Family Assistance program, as the number of families that need help is beyond counting. UHR provides these families with housing, food, healthcare and education for children.
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Statistics About Jordan
With the influx of refugees from other countries in the region due to conflicts and wars over the past years, a country that already suffers from the lack of natural [...]