There are more than 650,000 officially registered Syrian refugees in Jordan – in reality the total may be twice that.
The majority are in refugee camps but some live in local communities, which can create its own challenges. A lot of the refugees are unable to work, which puts extra pressure on children to work illegally to support their families.
War Child UK has been in Jordan since 2013, working in camps with Syrian refugees and in host communities with local populations. Our projects focus mainly on education, child protection and children’s rights.
Syrian children in Jordan
As well as the essentials for survival, like food and shelter, children need to have safe spaces where they can play, express themselves and interact with others their age so they can develop healthily.
That’s often hard for refugees.
Children in Jordan are also at risk from harmful customs such as child labour or child marriage.
What we do in Jordan
We run classes in refugee camps to improve reading and writing skills for children. We’ve been working in Jordan’s Za’atari camp since 2013 – there are still around 80,000 refugees living there.
We also create child-friendly spaces and run projects aimed at developing children’s sense of identity, confidence and self-expression within refugee camps.
Adolescents are often a forgotten demographic in times of humanitarian crisis. We make sure we engage with them through book clubs and art expression clubs, where young people can learn to express themselves through theatre, poetry etc. We run mobile libraries too.
And we work with local community groups and families to identify and respond to potential dangers like child marriage or child labour.
Salma was very unhappy with her life in a refugee camp in Jordan. Then she discovered us and soon she was enjoying learning Maths and Arabic in a War Child education project.
We aim to protect children from harm as well as help them to overcome the impacts that armed conflict has had on them.