Syria’s conflict began in March 2011 with public demonstrations of solidarity with the wider “Arab Spring.” It has since developed into a nationwide uprising and civil war. Over 2.5 million refugees have fled the country, crossing into Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan; and over 6 million are internally displaced. The Outreach for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees program supports UNHCR outreach efforts to Syrian refugee communities living in Jordan and helps them maintain a minimum standard of living and improve their access to education, training, and medical care while they rebuild their lives and plan for the future. Now in its fifth year, the program aims to

  • identify and assess vulnerable refugees and refer them to available services
  • assist the neediest families in obtaining non-food assistance and general services
  • raise awareness of basic rights and services refugees are entitled to through UNHCR
  • offer psychosocial support and social activities
  • increase refugee community capacity to organize to meet self-identified goals
  • provide camp management services


Outreach Services for Syrian & Iraqi Refugees

The Outreach for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees (OSIR 6) program supports UNHCR outreach... more

Success Stories

IRD’s Community Mobilizers- Supporting Syrian Refugees

IRD community mobilizers rely on strong relationships to involve refugees in decisi... more

Emergency Assistance in Winter Storm Huda

“The winds were so strong and it was so cold. Nobody can survive in a te... more

The Long Road to Recovery: Ibrahim

“He was paralyzed and couldn’t talk,” recalls Najdat, reflecting on his nephew Ibra... more

Health Team Vaccinates 17,000 Children Against Polio

Following IRD’s seventh polio vaccination campaign, UNHCR reports that 9... more

IRD Communal Kitchens in Syrian Refugee Camps Across Jordan

“My parents’ house was bombed yesterday and their home destroyed,” says... more

A Healthy Future for Baby Abed

Zuhair Mohammad married his wife Baraa Al-Mohammad in a village near Aleppo, Syria.... more

The Amani Campaign: Staying Safe in Za’atari

“She was crying and there was blood coming out of her ear,” says Fardous... more

IRD Iftar Fosters Community in Za’atari Camp

The soothing melody of traditional Arab ode music echoes from the IRD co... more

Lighting Up the Night at Iftar

As sun sets in Za’atari camp, IRD staff and 120 Syrian volunteers gather... more

Getting Mohammed Back on His Feet

Six-year-old Mohammed was playing football with a group of boys in the g... more

The Fountain of Youth

“Syrians don’t know how to sit,” says 24-year-old Mahmoud as he slowly t... more

Imagining the People, Not the Numbers

“My life is nothing if I give nothing,” says 24-year-old Mohammad al-Bal... more

IRD Vaccinates 18,000 Children in Five Days

After several weeks of raising awareness and internal training, IRD’s he... more

OSIR Program Director Sabah Jadooa Retires

IRD Jordan faced a difficult reality this month as OSIR Director Sabah Jadooa annou... more

Recognizing Resilience and Solidarity on World Refugee Day 2014

The halls were bustling at the Queen Alia Center in Tafilah, Jordan, as... more

Syrian Youth Find New Purpose for Old Tents

On a sunny afternoon, kindergarteners from the Hay Nazzal School in Amman, Jordan,... more

A Helping Hand for Syrian Refugees

Aseel, a vulnerable Syrian refugee, lost her husband in the Syrian civil wa... more

This Is Our Kitchen

“This is our kitchen,” says the eye-catching bold orange and green letterin... more

IRD Expands Girls Football Program

“Is it our turn yet?” Impatient girls peer across IRD’s soccer field in Za’... more

Celebrating Earth Day in Za’atari Camp

Leaning against the brightly decorated IRD caravan in the Za’atari refugee... more

Handicrafts Unite and Empower Za’atari Women

The middle of March saw a hugely successful cross-cultural handicraft bazaar that s... more

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Za’atari Camp

”Mom, you’ll stay with us - you can share our tent.” Ahmad, playing the rol... more

Polio Vaccination Campaign: Round Four

Beginning March 2, 30 four-person IRD Health Teams set out to provide Polio vaccina... more

IRD-UNHCR Report: Syrian Refugees Outside Jordanian Camps Struggle to Cope

80: percentage of Syrian refugees living outside of formal camps in Jordan 61: per... more

Destigmatizing and Treating Scabies in the Za’atari Refugee Camp

Abu Leyad rolls up his sleeve gingerly to show the remaining signs of scabies to IR... more

IRD and Za’atari Girls Form a League of Their Own

Amal, IRD’s new head women’s football coach, blows her whistle and 180 girls dash o... more

Expanding the Community Kitchen

An IRD gas distribution truck turns into District 8 of the Za’atari refugee camp, w... more

Community Health Workers Serve Diabetic Refugees

Abdul Kareem watches his son Majed proudly as the 14-year-old rattles off his medic... more

Protecting Syrian Refugees with Access to Community-Based Healthcare

The Health Linkages and National Networks (HLNN) program improves the pr... more

Meeting Jordanian and Refugee Water Needs

The ancient saying that “water sustains all” has never been truer in northe... more

Rapid Response to Prevent Polio Outbreak in the Za’atari Camp for Syrian Refugees

Ghada cradles a one-year-old in her arms and coaxes him to open his mouth to receiv... more

“Far-fetched Idea” Becomes a Welcome Routine for Za’atari Children

Watching the taekwondo graduation ceremony, you might forget you were in th... more

Wheelchairs Donated to Vulnerable Syrian Refugees

Setah Farhan Alakrad smiles slightly as her grandchildren diligently inspect her ne... more

Vaccination Campaign Helps Prevent Measles

The spread of communicable diseases has become a high risk factor in the... more

Syrian Refugees Receive Winter Clothing, Shoes, Sleeping Bags

The Outreach Services for Syrian Refugees (OSIR) program, currently in its fifth ye... more

Clothing Distribution to Syrian Refugees During Eid

CAMP ZA’TARI, JORDAN – The opening of the Za’tari refugee camp in Jordan has provid... more

Quick Impact Projects Help Jordan Manage Influx of Syrian Refugees

RAMTHA & MAFRAQ, JORDAN – The Outreach Services for Iraqi Refugees (OSIR... more

Syrian Refugees Support Community Action Committees in Northern Jordan

Irbid, JORDAN - The Outreach Services for Iraqi Refugees (OSIR) program, now in its... more