Abu Ayham, 42, and Um Ayham, 40, fled Syria to Jordan five years ago. For the past five years, Abu and Um Ayham have been living in a small brick shack turned home with their four children. Since then, they have endured living disconnected from the municipal electricity network and water services.
“The septic tank was not working properly, and it was flooding into the house. It would have costed a fortune to repair it. We were going to have to let go of the house because of that.”
In exchange for the renovation provided by NRC, the landlord agreed on giving the family a six months’ period rent-free. Moreover, after the period is over, NRC will continue to support the family with the monthly payment throughout the next year.
The core of NRC’s shelter program aims to improve the living conditions for vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees living outside of the camps. Rent comprises 50% of household expenses for Syrian refugees and 65% of them do not live in adequate conditions. By upgrading their living conditions and covering housing costs, NRC is creating a win-win situation between landlords and tenants.
13 June 2019
Photo by: Pat Rubio Bertran/NRC