Jordan’s main resources include phosphates and agricultural produce. The economy strongly depends on services, tourism and foreign aid. Jordan has some of the best health services in the region of the Middle East.
Since the Syrian civil war began in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria have been pouring into neighbouring countries including Turkey, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan and Jordan. As of November 2013, approximately 550,000 Syrians have fled to Jordan and have been registered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Many have fled with nothing and do not have enough food. They have found temporary shelter in refugee camps or urban areas in northern Jordan. Most are in the cities of Mafraq, Irbid, Ramtha, Jerash and Ajlun. East of Mafraq is the Zaatari refugee camp, which is now the world’s second largest camp.
World Renew began working in Jordan in 2013 to respond to the needs of Syrian refugees. World Renew has partnered with Arab Woman Today (AWT) a Jordan based organization with focus on women in the Arab world. AWT has close informal ties with the Jordanian Evangelical churches. AWT Ministries broadcast twice a week on Trans World Radio. "Woman Today" is a 15-min radio program which is picked up by listeners throughout the Middle East and North Africa.