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Syria 1992- Now

Following the collapse of Zizun Dam in 2002, we provided help in the form of a convoy of 200 tons which carried a variety of food supplies, medicines, medical supplies, blankets, tents, and 400,000 polio vaccines to help the affected people.

Following the onset of the current Syrian crisis, many Syrian refugees have entered Jordan and the government of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has chosen JHCO to be the umbrella organization to coordinate and receive aid from the local, regional Arab and international institutions and organizations in order to help the Syrian refugees.
JHCO, in partnership with the UNHCR are managing Zaatri camp in Mafraq Governorate, which was inaugurated on the 17th of September, 2012. In addition, JHCO continues to oversee and organize this work at a professional and accurate level in order to achieve a just distribution of aid to the Syrian refugees throughout the various governorates of the Kingdom. The camp received the Jordanian government’s interest according to the directives of His Majesty the King, the royal family, and many Jordanian officials who have made multiple visits to the camp to find out the necessary requirements for Syrian refugees and ascertain and recommend the appropriate solutions.

Zaatri Camp

Knowing that most of the Syrian refugees come to Jordan illegally and under perilous circumstances, the Jordanian armed forces provide an essential role of protection and security to see them safely to Zaatri Camp, where many of their immediate needs can be safely provided for. Zaatri Camp currently hosts roughly 120,000 refugees, and has seen more than 300,000 refugees pass through its gates, playing an essential role in facilitating the registration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees, which allows them to receive more permanent and substantial aid while they reside in Jordan.
Three field hospitals from Morocco and France are currently working in Zaatri, in addition to the Royal Jordanian Medical Services, The Medical Aid Society, Jordanian government hospitals and the Italian hospital, which is run by Jordanian medical staff in order to provide health care for all the affected Syrian refugees. These large health centers are aided in their efforts by the opening of numerous health clinics throughout the camp to more fully provide the health services necessary for such a large population.

After the completion of an agreement to build the first educational complex in Zaatri camp with the support of the Bahraini government, the school opened with over 1000 students seeking enrollment. Over the past two years, two additional official schools, sponsored by the Qatari and Saudi governments, have opened in Zaatri, and enrollment coverage now extends to over 16,000 school-age children. In addition, numerous smaller schools and educational centers have been opened in an effort to increase the number of Syrian refugee children in Zaatri who are able to receive a formal education. JHCO remains actively committed to coordinating with organizations desiring to help realize the goal of education for all school-age children in Zaatri camp.

Due to the continuing flow of Syrian refugees who have spread throughout the various regions of the Kingdom and whose number has reached more than 500,000 the urgent work that JHCO does for these beneficiaries grows daily.

The demand for health services and residential needs has increased and work is underway in coordination with local and international organizations to replace tents with long-term/fixed housing for the urgent humanitarian necessities, as well as to provide all supplies and services needed by refugees and outside the camps.

The educational dimension of this crisis cannot be overlooked as there are currently more than 87,000 Syrian refugee students now studying in the Jordanian public schools run by the Ministry of Education.