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NRC airlifting 6000 heaters to Jordan for syrian refugees

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) - Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:57 GMT
Author: Christian Jepsen
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NRC is currently implementing a ‘winterization’ programme to raise the temperature inside the standard refugee tents in Zaatari camp, located in northern Jordan.

The key components of the winterization programme include: waterproof layer on top of tents, extra inner layers, thermal mats, thermal blankets, porches for heaters and protection of entrances, hot water bottles (two for each family), gas heaters and gas replenishment throughout the winter

Families capable of constructing the porches themselves receive materials and tools, whereas NRC teams – hired amongst the refugee population – improve tents for the more vulnerable families such as female-headed households.

– The nights are cold in the desert now, so we are making all efforts to improve the difficult conditions for the Syrian refugees in Zaatari, says Carsten Hansen, Country Director for NRC Jordan. – We acknowledge that the families in Zaatari will not be as warm as desired during the winter, but our assistance will raise the temperature in the tents until more suitable housing solutions are available for all families.

NRC plans and implements all its activities in close dialogue with Syrian refugee leaders in Zaatari camp, the Jordanian refugee authorities and other humanitarian agencies.

- We arrived to Jordan with nothing but a few pieces of summer clothing, says 53-year-old Rashid. He has just completed his porch and insulation of his family’s tent with tools and materials from NRC. – The extra layers have already raised the temperature inside and with the addition of this heater we will be much better prepared for the winter, he says while switching on the gas heater, provided from NRC, for the first time.

In addition to the winterization programme, NRC carries out several other key activities in Zaatari refugee camp including support to all refugees on the night of arrival; distribution of household items, hygiene items and mattresses to all newly arrived refugees; pitching of new tents; support to the camp education system and setting up youth programmes.

NRC’s winterization programme aims to reach a total of 7,000 refugee families in Zaatari throughout the winter months. Funding has been provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency.

NRC opened its office in Jordan in October 2012.

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