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Life-saving Assistance to Population in Jordan Affected by the Syria Crisis – JOR926/927

This project will provide lifesaving assistance and protection for the most vulnerable Syrian and Iraqi households in the areas of Amman, Zarqa, Mafraq, Irbid in Jordan, reaching rural families through expanded mobile units. Households will be able to meet urgent protection needs and access humanitarian and social services after receiving essential information, targeted case management, and emergency cash assistance. Information provision activities are continuously and importantly needed according to CARE’s regular Monitoring and Evaluation process covering the continuous change within services provided (whether providers or type of services), concerns related to the house-bound beneficiaries, gender sensitivity and changes in governmental regulation and policies. Families will be able to protect their children from the worst and harmful forms of work by sending them to school, their child’s lost income replaced through a conditional cash component.

CARE’s annual assessments maintain its key focus on gender and the needs of age, gender and vulnerability sub-groups. They offer a rare view over time of conditions for urban Syrian refugees. In early 2015, it became clear that continuous shortages of cash are making it difficult for refugees to meet urgent needs in shelter and food, and hampering access to health services and education.

Being able to pay rent, families‘ largest expense, continues to be families‘ main concern (for 79% of Syrian families interviewed). Rental prices in 2015 were at 125% of prices in 2010 and refugees pay 55% of their overall budget for housing. One quarter of respondents reported that their family had been evicted at least once, on average 2.6 times. Food was identified as the second most important priority: more than half of respondents identified food needs as a primary concern. While food has previously been identified as an important priority, its high prioritization as a household concern is a new development that reflects recent cuts in WFP food assistance–aid that previously ensured basic food security for the majority of registered Syrians in Jordan. Negative coping mechanisms are on the rise as a result, including reduction of meals per day and/or the purchase of food on credit. Overall, food insecurity appears to be increasing in both quantity and type of food affordable to refugee households. Access to health was the third most prominent priority for refugee families, with 31% of families interviewed saying they could not access health care when needed during the last six months. Education, too, suffers as a result of the cash crisis. School attendance rates among refugee children have not substantially increased since CARE’s 2014 assessment; financial reasons for non-attendance were given in 39% of the cases, while overcrowding and insufficient capacity continues to impede refugee children’s access to school.

Overall and Specific Objective

Overall objective is to provide life-saving support and protection for the most vulnerable affected by the Syria crisis in Jordan.

Specific objective is to respond to the most urgent needs of vulnerable Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian women, men, girls and boys in Jordan

Expected Results

ER1: Increased protection for most vulnerable refugees: female-headed households, women, children at risk/surviving SGBV including early, forced marriage and child labor, unaccompanied minors, the elderly, disabled and/or infirm, through in-depth case management or information.

ER2: Increased access to emergency cash in order to meet urgent and protection needs (food, shelter, health …etc.)

ER3: Increased school attendance and protection for working children and their families through provision of conditional cash to return to school.


Estimated total number of direct beneficiaries targeted by the action is 82.800 individuals.

Female-headed households, female at risk/surviving SGBV including early, forced marriage, children and adolescents at risk surviving SGBV or child labor, women without social support, unaccompanied minors, the elderly, disabled and/or infirm, Single male-headed households, single men, male at risk/surviving SGBV. This project will newly target refugees based in outlying rural areas, where transportation costs hinder access to the most vulnerable. The overall target will be 30% for Jordanian and 70% for Refugees.


01.06.2016 – 31.05.2017


EUR 1.070.000