Syria

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

Programs

Outreach Services for Syrian & Iraqi Refugees

The Outreach for Syrian and Iraqi Refugees (OSIR 5) program supports UNHCR outreach... more

Success Stories

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Za’atari Camp

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

Community Health Workers Serve Diabetic Refugees

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

Expanding the Community Kitchen

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

Handicrafts Unite and Empower Za’atari Women

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

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

Meeting Jordanian and Refugee Water Needs

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

Polio Vaccination Campaign: Round Four

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

Protecting Syrian Refugees with Access to Community-Based Healthcare

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

Quick Impact Projects Help Jordan Manage Influx of Syrian Refugees

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

Syrian Refugees Receive Winter Clothing, Shoes, Sleeping Bags

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

Syrian Refugees Support Community Action Committees in Northern Jordan

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

Vaccination Campaign Helps Prevent Measles

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