“We wanted to offer something to the community. I like the fact that people can come to CRP and learn for free, I don’t want people to have to pay like at other places.” – Saleem, Founding Member of the Barbershop
Members of the refugee community often to give back to Collateral Repair Project and help their fellow refugees. This often includes teaching courses and passing on skills that they have. This is exactly how Collateral Repair Project began Barbershop Classes.
Led by refugees themselves, each Barbershop course session lasts three months. Barbershop helps refugees fill their days while waiting for possible resettlement. Learning new skills allows the men to feel as though they are not wasting their time and could potentially lead to a source of income in their futures. For the most part, Jordanian law forbids refugees from working, and these new skills can help them access the informal market or barter their skills for other things or services they need. The Barbershop also provides a place for the men of the community to gather and bond.
At the end of each three-month session, Collateral Repair Project holds a graduation ceremony for the men. Some of the men stay to teach the next group of students. Barbershop allows the men to socialize while still learning, easing some of the stress from their lives.