Several kilometres - this is the distance from the Zaatari camp in Jordan to the Syrian border. In Zaatari, the refugees are relatively safe; they live in portacabins renovated thanks to the PMM’s support.
The refugee camp in Zaatari, which was established in 2012, is inhabited by nearly 80,000 Syrians. Almost 1/5 of them are children under the age of 5. The biggest problem is limited access to electricity, water, and sanitary products.
The inhabitants of the Zaatari camp live in portacabins, trying to create a substitute of a home and safe shelter. To feel a bit at home, they hang photos and souvenirs on the walls. They often set up a small garden that reminds them of their home areas.
The Polish Medical Mission and JHAS International supports Syrians and Jordanians in the Mafraq and Irbid Governorates. The distribution of renovation and construction materials helps to adapt the houses to weather conditions, so that rain, wind or harsh sun are less onerous. The buildings require many repairs, which is why we prepared renovation packages for families enabling protection of the electrical installation, exchanging sanitary facilities, as well as sealing and repainting of buildings. Each of the families also receives a set of 3 cuttings; the gardens gush green, despite the fact that Zaatari is located in the desert.
We also support Syrian and Jordanian families through the distribution of food and hygiene parcels, school furniture, and medical kits. During the distribution, we conduct meetings on the promotion of healthy lifestyle and hygiene, as well as on first home aid.
The ‘Support for Syrian refugees in the Zaatari Refugee Camp and Jordanians in the Mafraq and Irbid Governorate in the field of social assistance and shelter’ project implemented by the Polish Medical Mission in 2018-2019 received the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the amount of PLN 1,550,000.
The project ‘Support for Syrian refugees in the Zaatari Refugee Camp and Jordanians in the Mafraq and Irbid Governorate in the field of social assistance and shelter’ is co-financed within the framework of the Polish development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.