In the Middle East and North Africa, Jesuit Refugee Service works predominantly with urban refugees. The first projects were initially established in 2008 in response to the high number of Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan. In 2009 JRS began work in Turkey, and in 2012 JRS established projects in Lebanon.
Currently JRS is one of the few international NGOs on the ground in Syria providing emergency assistance.
Thanks to a broad network of local volunteers in Syria, JRS has been able to scale up and improve services to those who are most in need, caught in the cross-fire of the violence. Whilst our projects expand in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon to cope with the Syrian crisis, we remain committed to those refugees who are increasingly forgotten, such as the Iraqis, Sudanese and Somalis.
Learn more on our website: jrsusa.org/syria