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Syria crisis: camp inhabitants contribute to building activities

Logistical challenges are the order of the day during the extension measures at the refugee camp near the Jordan town of al Za´atari. Within eight weeks, THW had sanitary units with 380 toilets installed. Under the direction and supervision of THW, Jordan enterprises are building 160 kitchen units for the camp. Each of these units includes two kitchens. The activities are supported by Syrian refugees.

A foreign country, a new environment and an unusual daily routine. These are the aspects with which the refugees are confronted in the camp town. Nothing is as it used to be. More than 31,000 refugees have already been registered in the camp. Daily, hundreds of new refugees arrive there. They seek shelter and a little bit of home. Therefore, international relief organisations – including THW-volunteers – have been trying their very best for two months to allow the refugees some kind of order and daily routine. The extension work will be continued.


Since the beginning of September, the camp inhabitants have contributed to the building of kitchen units. “The refugees want to be involved in what is happening around them. They want a little bit of everyday life, and this includes something as basic as building kitchens”, explains THW-coordinator, Mr Peter Kussmaul. Until the completion of the kitchens, the refugees are given two meals per day, a scheme which is financed by the World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP).

  • In the Jordan refugee camp, refugees support the extension work in the camp. (show image)

  • Jordan workers carrying out building measures.   (show image)

  • Children at one of the installed water distribution points in the camp.  (show image)

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