Islamic Relief is to distribute more than 63,300 cans of meat to ease the hunger of vulnerable families in Jordan.

Refugee children outside their makeshift shelter in Jordan.

Refugee children outside their makeshift shelter in Jordan.

We are this month providing food supplies to nearly 2,650 families that are finding it harder than ever to meet their basic needs. Focussing on the most vulnerable families – such as female-headed households, families with orphaned children, as well as elderly and disabled people – we are offering the canned meat in Mafraq and Ramtha.

“Each household will receive 24 cans of meat,” said Ala’ Shanti, project manager for Islamic Relief Jordan. “Canned meat has a much longer shelf-life than fresh meat, so we hope that these food supplies will supplement their diets for several weeks.”

Whilst the project mostly serves refugees fleeing deadly conflict in Syria, 30 per cent of beneficiaries are poor Jordanian families.

Support for refugee families

There are currently over 628,000 Syrians seeking safety within Jordan’s borders, and most live outside of formal camps. Our latest project follows an announcement by the World Food Programme (WFP) that shortfalls in humanitarian funding have forced it once again to reduce its food assistance to refugees living outside of camps.

Plastic sheeting provided by Islamic Relief used to patch-up a roof.

Plastic sheeting provided by Islamic Relief used to patch-up a roof.

Islamic Relief has also completed a much-needed programme to help vulnerable families to get through the winter months in Jordan.

Nearly 5,900 Syrian refugees and 130 Jordanians received help with the cost of rented accommodation. Another 368 families received waterproof plastic sheeting to help them to reconstruct the roofs of their temporary shelters.

Our health team supported 189 childbirth deliveries, 91 paediatrics cases and seven haemodialysis treatments. In addition, over 1,330 families received financial support which enabled them to send their children to school once more.

Islamic Relief has been supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan since the onset of the crisis in 2011. Our emergency operations also assist people seeking safety in nearby countries such as Iraq and Lebanon and ensure lifesaving aid is delivered deep inside Syria itself.

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