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AMMAN, Jordan, 22 April 2015 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has provided a grant of € 1.1 million to UNICEF to support the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families and their children with emergency cash assistance.

As the Syrian crisis enters a fifth year, many Syrian refugees in Jordan are finding it increasingly difficult to survive. With limited livelihood opportunities, thousands of households have depleted their savings, and are heavily reliant on support from charitable individuals and institutions, the Jordanian government and the international community.  More concerning is the fact that many families are resorting to negative coping mechanisms directly impacting children, including increased school drop-outs, child labour and child marriage.

“Children are the hardest-hit by the conflict and it is vital that help is provided, to ensure that Syrian youngsters get the chance to live a normal childhood, to have an education and a future”, said Matteo Paoltroni, from ECHO’s Jordan programme.

Under the UNICEF child cash grant programme supported by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) and the Governments of Canada and Netherlands, over 54,000 children from 14,896 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families living in communities and urban centres in Jordan are receiving a monthly grant of JOD 20 for six months.

These families are part of the 30,000 most vulnerable households, with around 75,000 children identified as particularly vulnerable by the Inter-agency vulnerability Assessment Framework (VAF). The most vulnerable families include those with children living below the poverty line, female headed households, households with children under five years, and families taking care of unaccompanied and separated children.

“The protracted crisis is pushing more and more Syrian refugee families to the brink, and their children will soon become the lost generation if we do not act fast,” said the UNICEF Representative Robert Jenkins. “UNICEF is very grateful to ECHO for this new grant which will help the most vulnerable refugee families fulfill the basic needs of their children, and empower them to support their children’s schooling,” he added.

UNICEF has received a total of € 16.6 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) since 2012, for child protection, water & sanitation and the current child cash grant programme.

For more information, please contact:

  • Miraj Pradhan, UNICEF: Tel: +962 (0) 790 214 191, mpradhan@unicef.org
  • Samir Badran, UNICEF: Tel: +962 (0) 796 926 180, sbadran@unicef.org
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