‘Provision of support to Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp and Jordanians in the provinces of Al-Mafrak and Irbid in respect of welfare and shelter’ is another project that the Polish Medical Mission is going to implement in Jordan. in the range of social aid and shelter’. The project, which is scheduled to begin in April 2018, will be implemented by us in collaboration with a local organisation Jordan Health Aid Society International. The project is co-financed within the framework of the Polish Development Cooperation Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with an amount of PLN 1,575,000.
The most needy Syrian and Jordanian families are going to receive:
- construction materials for renovation of their houses (including paints, glass, metal rods, clay, mortar, sheet metal, bricks and tools);
- food parcels (including groats, rice, pasta, cereals, four, sugar, oil, canned food, beans, peas, concentrates and dried fruit);
- hygiene packs (including soaps, shampoos, wet wipes, sanitary pads, washing powders, toothpastes and brushes, nappies, toilet paper and home care products).
Households with multiple children (with children at school age) will receive educational furniture (bookcases, desks and chairs). First aid kits will be distributed among families raising children under the age of five. Recipients of the hygiene packs will take part in meetings devoted to promotion of hygiene and first aid at home. Also within the framework of the project, 100 plant seedlings will be planted with the aim of naturally reducing the presence of noxious insects, such as mosquitoes, flies and blackflies.
Over half of all the refugees living in Jordan in camps are staying in Zaatari. The number of Syrians staying there is 78,994 (source: UNHCR, 21.02.2018) and they need humanitarian aid. The camp was established in 2012; some of the families have been staying there for 6 years already, others came in later years. It is being said, unofficially, that the Zaatari camp is the fourth largest city in Jordan. For the day-to-day survival, the refugees need support in respect of shelter, food, health care, education, hygiene and psychological aid. Support is being provided but it is not reaching 100% of the needy. Furthermore, the refugee crisis is a burden to the Jordanian civil services, which are not able to respond to the needs of the poorest Jordanians and to provide them with social services of good quality. In particular, the northern provinces, Al-Mafrak and Irbid, are overburdened due to the influx of refugees from Syria.
The refugee community cannot go back to their places of origin because of the ongoing war. As a result of this situation, the Syrian and Jordanian refugees’ living conditions are constantly deteriorating. The project actions will serve the purpose of improving their health, economic and social situation.