“We feel like the international community doesn’t care much about us,” says Ausama from Sudan. “We are very thankful that CRP helps people from different nationalities.”
At our Downtown Center, which opened in the fall of 2018, we serve refugees from Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.
Amman is home to large numbers of Yemeni, Sudanese and Somali refugees. With the influx of Syrian refugees to Jordan over the past few years, these other groups of displaced people are being overlooked. There is unequal access to the aid and resources offered by humanitarian organisations.
When CRP’s staff and volunteers found that many Somali, Sudanese and Yemeni refugees could not afford the taxi fare to come to our center in Hashemi Shamali, they decided to open a new community space in central Amman. Food-voucher distributions, and muraja’at (drop-in sessions) take place at the Downtown Center. We also run several programs, similar to those offered at our older community center in Hashemi Shamali, including English Classes, and After-School club. Recent studies have shown high levels of malnutrition among Sudanese, Somali and Yemeni refugee communities. So we run monthly nutrition classes offering advice on how to provide healthy, balanced and affordable meals for families.
“CRP are the only ones who help us. This food voucher allows us to eat.”
Though the new center’s main purpose is to support neglected urban refugees from Yemen, Sudan and Somalia, its doors are open to everyone regardless of nationality. CRP is also proud to serve Iraqis, Syrians and Jordanians in need and to promote social cohesion between the local and refugee communities.