The Syrian Arab Republic began in March 2011; to date, violence has internally displaced tens of thousands, and thousands more have fled to Jordan. As security operations continue in the cities of Homs, Dara'a and Hama, many more refugees are expected to seek refuge within Jordan. Some 22,643 Syrians had registered with UNHCR as of June 2012 and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) and Jordan Red Crescent (JRC) identified 25,000 in need of assistance.
Most refugees from Syria arriving in Jordan had already suffered from economic hardship for many years, even before the current conflict. They arrived in Jordan with very little in terms of cash assets with which to sustain their needs. In addition the cost of living in Jordan is substantially higher in Syria, and so the few assets that they do have will not suffice. Most Syrians are bailed from the transit camps within the north of Jordan by Jordanian families, and then live in low cost urban dwellings, or with host families, putting considerable strain on already poor local households.
To improve the standard of living for refugees from Syria in Jordan, HRF in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) has undertaken the distribution of food vouchers to registered refugees (UNHCR, JRC, JHCO) from Syria throughout Jordan. This includes activities such as identification of distribution sites; reassessments of the shops which are part of the voucher system; Examinations of hygiene and stock issues; Public information sessions for the refugees community about the voucher scheme; Processing of final payments to the shops based upon their voucher receipts and post-impact household monitoring visits to beneficiary families.
HRF and the UNDPs voucher scheme has reached more than 1,512 refugees living in Cyber City and King Abdullah Park camps, and has reached another 60,000 urban refugees living throughout Jordan`s seven governorates Maan, Kerak, Tafeleh, Aqaba, Madaba, Ajlon and Balqa.