Oxfam's response in Lebanon
In Lebanon, Oxfam is providing aid to Syrian refugees in the form of cash assistance to pay for safe accomodation and basic household goods. The money is being transferred directly to families via money transfer firm Western Union. This is the first time we have distributed cash in this way.
We are also distributing vouchers which people can exchange for hygiene products such as soap and washing powder as well as food in local shops. We are improving the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) conditions in various locations across Lebanon, to ensure people, many of whom are living in temporary settlements, can access safe water and sanitation facilities.
Oxfam is also working with a local NGO, Najdeh, to provide psycho-social support to women refugees living in Palestinian camps.
Survey of Syrian refugees in Lebanon (22 Nov 2013)
Oxfam's response in Jordan
In Jordan, donations to our Syria Crisis Appeal are helping fund work in Za'atari refugee camp to provide people with water and sanitation facilities. We have already reached 20,000 Syrian refugees with emergency latrines and have recently completed shower, toilet and laundry blocks to reach 8,000. Oxfam is also co-ordinating hygiene training to prevent the spread of life-threatening diseases. We have held hygiene lessons with children and a tile-painting project giving them the chance to decorate the tiles in the wash blocks.
Syria Crisis Appeal - in pictures
We are also working with the vulnerable refugees who are living outside the camp in informal settlements - mainly tents - providing cash support. We have now started to help Syrian refugee families in host communities with cash to help them pay their rent. ATM cards will be given to refugees so they can withdraw the money themselves. Hygiene products are also being distributed as well as water filters to ensure people have safe water to drink.
Oxfam's response in Syria
Oxfam is increasingly concerned about the water and sanitation situation in Syria itself. Infrastructure has been badly damaged by the ongoing conflict. Oxfam is starting work inside Syria to provide 300,000 people with emergency water and sanitation activities.
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Update: October 2013
Oxfam's campaigning work
Oxfam has been calling on the international community to provide more aid, and take steps towards a just, sustainable peace in Syria. We welcome the announcement of a peace conference to take place in Geneva in January, provided all sections of Syrian society are represented, and talks include efforts to broker a ceasefire and a halt to the transfer of arms to Syria.
More details in our briefing paper, Moment of Truth: Call to action ahead of Syria peace talks, and beyond.