The Australian Government has committed more than $2 million over two years to deliver CARE Australia’s Emergency Assistance and Safe Spaces for Crisis Affected People in Jordan project.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the project would support people who have been affected by the Syrian conflict and help them to rebuild their lives.
“The project will provide 111,000 individuals with support and information to gain access to essential services, as well as providing more than 1100 households with emergency cash assistance to meet urgent protection needs,” Mr Dutton said
“More than 9000 individuals, including 2000 children, will receive additional services including mental health support, and 600 women will receive training to develop essential skills to create their livelihoods.
“This project expands on $1 million worth of services that the Australian Government funded in the region through CARE Australia in 2015.
“This funding will be provided in addition to the Australian Government’s $220 million assistance package, which will be delivered over three years from 2016-17, to support for those affected by the crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries hosting large numbers of refugees.
“This work forms part of the Australian Government’s commitment to address the humanitarian and longer term resilience needs in Syria, and supports our broader contribution to the global management of refugees and displaced populations.”
Australia has committed more than $258 million to the humanitarian response to the Syria and Iraq conflicts since 2011.