A Safe Space

“Before coming to CRP, I had never met people from different nationalities. I had never met refugees! My favorite memory from CRP is my first day here, when I first encountered beneficiaries from Iraq and Syria. I had so many questions to ask them about their culture, traditions and lives. Learning about beneficiaries, their experiences and journeys, has changed how I view the world.”

Mahmoud Hassan has been working here for three and a half years – prior to CRP he worked for the Jordanian government as ‘Director of Control’ for twenty-five years. He is originally from the northern forest region of Jordan, Ajloun.

Mahmoud is CRP’s security guard – a job that includes, he tells us, “everything”: managing the space inside and out (DIY tasks, opening and closing the center), greeting beneficiaries, and helping them with queries. He says his favorite thing about working here is the people.

“The best part of my job is seeing the same people, daily and weekly, and being able to chat with them. Building relationships with beneficiaries is very important to me. I’m lucky to have many friends from all over the Middle East now!”

Mahmoud tries his best to fix any issues beneficiaries might have at CRP, helping them communicate with staff and find programs in the space.

Having a security guard like Mahmoud is key to our vision of creating a safe space at CRP. Protecting beneficiaries and allowing them to feel relaxed in our community center is crucial. From trauma-relief programs, to women’s initiatives like Hope Workshop, to Summer Camp, CRP strives to be an accessible, tolerant and discrimination-free space at all times. 

Mahmoud Hassan is key to achieving this. Thank you Mahmoud!