Help provide clean water and sanitation to families in refugee camps.

Refugee camps

With more than 25% of Syria being driven out of their homes, the situation in refugee camps is dire. In a camp opened one year ago in Jordan for 60,000 people, more than 150,000 people are now living there. Every day the camp costs $500,000 to run and relies on 350 tankers trucking in water and 300 tankers removing sewage.

In Lebanon, the numbers are just as bad. About 600,000 refugees have crossed the border, and if numbers keep rising it is estimated that by the end of the year, one in four people in Lebanon will be a Syrian refugee. Another 400,000 have crossed into southern Turkey. There are even tens of thousands of people who have decided that Iraq represents a safer option than Syria.

“Our financial status is horrible since we arrived in Iraq…My husband has never been able to find a job. We can buy meat or chicken only every few months. Our daily meals are tinned cheese or tinned cream, which cost 500 Iraqi dinars [28p]. We have potato with rice for lunch or beans with rice. Dinner is tomato and cucumber. My children want better food but we can’t get it. All we have is donated to us by the clerics in the mosques and tribal leaders.” Hadiyia Ali is from a camp in Iraq where she lives with her four children.

The problem in Jordan

Amman, the capital of Jordan, seems to be in state of perpetual construction and deconstruction. It is quite interesting to be here for the first time and what strikes me is that there is rubble everywhere – buildings going up and great cavernous holes in the ground where they have come down. It is also very dry – it is a city built in the middle of a desert.

Jordan has become the temporary home for over half a million Syrian refugees. In a desert land it is not surprising that water is a key focus for our work. But here in the refugee camps and settlements, just finding enough to eat or having access to clean, safe water is often a daily struggle.

Supporting Oxfam


The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.


The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve oucomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.


Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Oxfam as they encompass similar ideals.


The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:

What can we do to help?

You can help more families by providing life saving clean water and sanitation.

Donate now through Oxfam

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