WHY WE WENT TO JORDAN
In August of 2017 Qlik sent eight employees to meet with Medair and see the work they are doing in Jordan to help Syrian refugees. Over two days we met with over a dozen Syrian families living around Jordan. These are families that, over the last few years, fled Syria as the civil war intensified and expanded. Since 2011 a collection of forces have been at war within Syria leaving ordinary civilians few options for survival. While roughly 4.8 million people have fled Syria as refugees to neighboring countries (and beyond) almost 6.3 million more have fled their homes but are living as internally displaced persons (IDPs) somewhere within Syria.
WHAT YOUR MONEY CAN DO
The families we met with all live in poverty. Back home in Syria many of these people were not rich to begin with but having to flee their homes has left them with even less. Through a series of geopolitical restrictions many of these people are forbidden (by the Jordanian government) from working. This policy is in place to keep jobs available to Jordanian citizens but leaves many Syrians with few ways to make money. There are jobs that pay under the table but these leave workers exposed to exploitation as well as low pay.
Donations are the best way to keep these families functioning. Cash donations and the programs Medair offers help these people meet their short-term needs of paying rent, buying food, sending kids to school, etc. These donations are not going to solve the long-term needs of these people but, more pressing than their long-term future plans, are the immediate short-term needs of right now. The money we raise helps regular people stay alive.
Medair is an international humanitarian aid organization. They provide emergency relief & recovery services through programs centered around "Health & Nutrition", "Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene", and "Shelter & Infrastructure". You can learn more about Medair at medair.org