There are over 600,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan, with around 80% residing in host communities and 20% in refugee camps. The largest camp is Za'atari refugee camp in Mafraq governorate, which hosts around 82,000 refugees. LWF Jordan is running a youth centre called the Peace Oasis in the...

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The Syrian refugee population in Jordan is rising to 20% of the total population, and according to UNHCR Jordan has 633,466 registered Syrian refugees as of December 17th 2015. The two major camps for Syrian refugees in Jordan are Zaatari camp hosting 79,253 refugees and Azraq camp hosting 28,670 (UNHCR, 17th December). UNHCR studies indicate high levels of economic vulnerability amongst Syrian refugees. A new study conducted by WFP 2015 indicates that Syrian households resorting to crisis or emergency coping strategies has doubled since 2014. The Jordanian policy, not allowing Syrian refugees to work, forces the humanitarian actors to focus on providing basic needs rather than sustainable solutions and resilience. The Syrian refugees are exposed to a variety of stressors known to increase the risk of mental and psychosocial distress. Increased stress levels within households have contributed to a rise in gender-based violence. There are few spaces for children, youth and adults to escape worsening household conditions. LWF Jordan is running a youth center called the Peace Oasis in the camp. In host communities, we work where the majority of refugees live, in poor areas of Northern and Central Jordan, in Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa governorates. LWF Jordan’s operational office is located in Amman.
Mafraq governorate
The northern region experiences some of the highest rates of poverty in Jordan. Mafraq governorate hosts the Za'atari refugee camp, with a population of 79,253 Syrian refugees, and additional 76,414 refugees living in host communities (UNHCR, 17th December 2015). Mafraq governorate is hosting about 25 percent of the Syrian refugees residing in Jordan, and the area has been identified as particularly vulnerable. LWF Jordan is active in both Mafraq city and in rural areas close to the Syrian border, providing NFI, shelter/WASH rehabilitations, life-skills training, and food distribution to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian households.
Irbid governorate
Irbid governorate is located in the northern region of Jordan and faces similar issues as Mafraq, with high levels of pre-existing poverty. Irbid governorate is hosting 139,584 Syrian refugees (UNHCR, 17th December 2015). The rural areas of Irbid governorate are particularly under-served as they are isolated and harder to reach. LWF is working in collaboration with a number of partner CBOs in Irbid city and in the rural district of Al Koura, providing NFI, Shelter/WASH rehabilitations, school rehabilitations and constructions, life-skills training, and cash assistance to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian households.
Za'atari Camp
Za'atari camp, located in Mafraq governorate, opened in July 2012 and currently hosts 79,253 Syrian refugees (UNHCR, 17th December 2015). The camp is one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Situated in the desert of Mafraq governorate, camp residents face particularly harsh weather conditions. Refugees who first arrived in the camp believed their stay would be short, that they would be able to go back to Syria in a matter of days or weeks. Most residents have now lived in the camp for years, and there is no sign that they will be able to leave and go back home in the coming months, even years. LWF-Jordan runs a youth center, the Peace Oasis, in the camp providing a range of psycho-social support and life-skills activities for youth aged 14 to 30 years.
Zarqa governorate
Zarqa governorate, north of the capital Amman, hosts one of the largest Palestinian refugee camps in the country, Zarqa camp. In addition, the governorate hosts 83,339 Syrian refugees (UNHCR, 17th December 2015). Located in the northern regions of Jordan, Zarqa governorate faces s similar issues as Mafraq and Irbid, with high levels of pre-existing poverty. The governorate has the second highest unemployment rate in Jordan. LWF Jordan is active in Zarqa governorate raising the capacity building of local CBOs (capacity-building training) as well as food distribution, NFI distribution and awareness raising sessions for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian households.
LWF Jordan’s operational office is located in Amman. Amman governorate hosts the largest population of Syrian refugees in Jordan, 170,505 (UNHCR, 17th December 2015). The governorate also hosts a number of Iraqi refugees (about 30,000) who arrived during 2014. LWF Jordan has conducted food distribution and NFI distribution for vulnerable Iraqi refugees. Within the Education sector LWF Jordan is active in the rehabilitation and construction of schools in Amman governorate.