Response Updates

Relief for Syrian Refugees

Jordan Reported by Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope Europe is aiding Syrian refugees in Jordan. Working with a partner church in Amman, Convoy of Hope is currently aiding families by providing them mattresses, blankets, fans, and food parcels.

Every Tuesday, families gather in in the northern city of Irbid to receive distributions of food parcels that include items such as rice, tea, sugar, spaghetti, milk, and cooking oil. The parcels will feed a family of five for 10-15 days.

Dikran Salbashian, pastor of New Life Church in Amman, says any amount of help is immeasurable to the refugees.

“The needs are unbelievable,” says Salbashian. “The needs are so great. So many people who have nothing are living with 20 other people in one house or small living space, and life here is expensive.”

Salbashian notes the Jordanian government estimates 1.3 million Syrians have fled to Jordan, putting a strain on the countries’ economic and social infrastructures. Most of the refugees who have settled in Irbid are seeking a better life than what is prevalent at the massive Zaatari refugee camp on the border.

“That is a place where women are selling themselves for food,” he says. “It’s a desolate place of pain. You feel hopelessness there. I’m hopeful that some are finding solace in what we can offer here.”