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AMMAN, Jordan, 16 Feb 2017 – The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations directorate (ECHO) has granted 4.4 million Euros for UNICEF to continue providing urgent support to the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families and children in Jordan.

 

The conflict in Syria is close to its sixth year, and many vulnerable Syrian refugees in Jordan have run out of savings and are literally living a hand to mouth existence. Thousands of households are now heavily reliant on charitable individuals and institutions, the Jordanian government and the international community. Many families are resorting to negative coping mechanisms directly impacting children, including increased school drop-outs, child labour and child marriage.

 

“Since the beginning of the conflict, most families have lost everything they own and have depleted their savings,” said Benjamin Thiberge, ECHO’s International Aid and Cooperation assistant for Jordan. “In such circumstances, it is often the children that suffer the most. The European Commission has supported UNICEF in Jordan since 2012, providing for the basic needs of the refugees, with a particular focus on children.”

 

The recent grant from the EU will enable UNICEF to continue emergency cash assistance to 55,000 children from the most vulnerable Syrian refugee households in Jordan. The child cash grant programme, which was initiated in 2015 with support from ECHO and several other donors, is having a positive impact among targeted families. An independent monitoring report in 2016 showed that 95 per cent of families reported using the grant to support their children’s needs.

 

“The EU is one of the biggest donors to the child cash grant programme, and their support is really making a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable Syrian girls and boys, and their families   in Jordan,” said the UNICEF Representative Robert Jenkins. “The situation is getting increasingly desperate, and this support is crucial for families to make the rights choices including sending their children to school,” he added.

 

UNICEF has received a total of 39.3 million Euros from the European Union since 2012, for critical humanitarian support to children and individuals affected by the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan.

 

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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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