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.