Meeting the winter needs of vulnerable households in Irbid, Jordan
As of 2015, more than 600,000 Syrian refugees have fled the war into neighboring Jordan, mostly finding shelter in the northern areas which are closer to the border. In this region, however, harsh winter weather is commonplace: temperatures often lower well beyond the freezing point, and snow is not uncommon. At the same time, many refugee and local families struggle to find the financial means to buy essential items needed to run the household and keep it warm during the winter months.
For this reason, during the winter months, ICMC carries out humanitarian support activities in Irbid, a town in norther Jordan densely populated with Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian households. By conducting home visits in the region, the ICMC staff is able to reach individuals with limited mobility or with special concerns who may otherwise be unable to approach an organization to request assistance.
ICMC provides vulnerable households with unconditional cash assistance through ATM cards. Families can then buy the items they perceive as the most urgent to face the cold winter months.