We gave out our final winter distribution today to Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian families. This latest distribution included 65 blankets, 150 pairs of boots and shoes and 80 clothing packets for children. This distribution caps off our super successful winter distribution campaign during which we distributed winter provisions to just under 1000 families. CRP wants to give special thanks to Catherine Ashcroft, Koviljka Pajcin and Karen Asfour for providing us with these latest items for distribution!
Over the past few weeks CRP has been visited by group of musicians working in collaboration with B Major, a local music organization in Jordan. The musicians have been working with small children and CRP’s teen group.
For the younger children, they conduct a general music class in which the children sing and learn how to play elementary instruments like the recorder and drums.
"The concept is to promote play and expression,” says Garrett Rubin, one of the musicians. “The structured environment at CRP is the ideal setting for children to flourish and express themselves through music."
The teen group has been learning how to play instruments including the violin, guitar, saxophone and trombone. One session ended with the group writing and performing a song. Rubin explains, "They wrote everything–the words, the melody . . . everything. We [the musicians] just harmonized."
Watch a video of the teen group singing the song they composed.
It was really hopping at the CRP center today as we distributed many, many bags of coats, clothes and toys to refugee children aged 1-16. A total of 415 kids benefited from these winter kits, and we will continue to distribute throughout the week. As you can see, there was a ton of activity, smiles on many faces, and lots of new friends made in the hustle and bustle. Special thanks to Helping Refugees in Jordan, Catherine Ashcroft, and super volunteer Koviljka for making this happen!
The CRP Community Center was filled to the brim today with winter coats, clothing and toys we’ll be distributing to refugee children all week. We had a great group of expat and Iraqi and Syrian refugee volunteers come out to sort clothes into bags according to size and gender. They certainly had their work cut out for them as we’ll be distributing to nearly 500 kids this week. A huge thanks to Helping Refugees in Jordan and Catherine Ashcroft for providing us with all this bounty!
We could not be more pleased with the success of our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for our ongoing food voucher program. Within less than two weeks, we managed to blow past our $4500 goal to eventually raise $7973! A huge thanks to everyone who shared the campaign with their friends and networks. We also want to give a public shout out to all of you who contributed. There is no way this could have happened without your help and enthusiasm for the work we’re doing here in Amman.
Along with the many coats and winter packages we’ve distributed to families, we’ve also been giving out fuel vouchers. Most people in our community have small kerosene heaters, but we’d received calls in recent days from a large number of people with no kerosene. So Ghazwan–our ever enterprising volunteer programs coordinator–arranged with a neighborhood gas station to set up a fuel voucher system. After receiving a voucher from CRP, people can immediately take their jerrycan and fill up. This is just another way you’re helping keep people warm this winter–thanks so much for all you do!
CRP is distributing coats and warm clothes (including hats, gloves and socks) to children this entire week. Each child receives a package with clothing, art supplies, a few small toys, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a bar of soap. CRP’s many volunteers are making this happen, and they’re quickly serving the many families who come by. This winter clothing distribution is our first–and we’ve got another big one coming up just as soon as we receive the supplies, which are expected early next week. A special thanks to Mercy Corps and Catherine Ashcroft for providing winter packages for 180 children–and to our donors in the Netherlands who provided funds to 30 children to receive warm clothes this winter. We continue to distribute fuel, heaters, coats, blankets and other items needed this winter–so thanks to all who have donated and made this possible!
This has been a very busy week for us! Thanks to you, our campaign to raise funds to keep people warm has received a lot of support from people all around the world. Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, we distributed electric heaters and fuel at our center and from a gas station in the neighborhood. The relief and gratitude on people’s faces was unmistakable–because up until the distribution they had no other way to keep their houses warm. As more donations come in, we will continue to provide people with heaters and fuel, and in the next few days we will begin large-scale distribution of winter coats and clothing, blankets and other winter needs. Again, we could not have done this without your quick response. Thanks for contributing and sharing!