“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.
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From Darfur to Amman
What is a refugee? A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. Kamal used to be a peaceful Shepard in Darfur, Sudan. But then things changed when he and his family were hit with an unnatural disaster. “I was caring for […]
Hussam and Maher: Friends Without Borders
Read how this friendship grew despite ethnic differences and why CRP has grown its diversity and representation of refugees in Amman.
Learning and Thriving at Daycare!
Educational programs at CRP’s Daycare help refugee children learn important skills for their future and introduce healthy living habits for their daily well-being.
Battling Racism Together
One of the biggest issues that Sudanese and Somali refugees face, as well as any person with a darker complexion living in Jordan, is racism. It’s all-too common throughout the Middle East, including refugee communities. Racism makes it difficult for Sudanese and Somali refugees to connect with other people from different refugee communities such as […]
How Refugee Kids Prepare for Christmas
“What I like most about Christmas is going to Church,” says Jamal, who comes from Iraq and takes part in CRP’s After-School Club. “I always like going to Church because I like the singing, it’s the best part.” Jamal goes to Church every Saturday with his grandmother and aunt because Sundays are working days in […]
Childcare: Crucial for Mothers, Great for Kids
Childcare is not only a space where kids can play, learn and grow. It is also crucial for mothers who need someone to look after their children when they want to engage in the center’s activities.
Teen Boredom Among Refugees
Many refugee teens are out of school and unable to work legally. This combination means they have many, many hours to fill on their own.
Thank You, American Community School!
Kids love to run around, play, and do sports. Since there are no adequate facilities around Hashemi Shamali, CRP partnered up with the American Community School and Blossom Hill to create a regular sports program at the ACS facilities . . .
Huda & Waseem: Faces of CRP’s New Center
Meet the two young professionals who will be running CRP’s new downtown center focused on supporting the Sudanese, Somali and Yemeni communities.
Ensuring Nutrition with Healthy Snacks
At CRP, we make sure to provide nutritious food to every child in our programs. Parents are thrilled when they see their kids eating healthily, because it’s an even bigger challenge for them at home.
From Students to Leaders
CRP’s Education Specialist, Karam, developed the Teen Leadership Training Program last year. The course aims to promote teen leadership, provide spaces for teens to act as mentors to younger children, and take responsibility in their community.
Volunteers Prepare for CRP’s Summer Camp
CRP’s Summer Camp, open to children ages 5 to 14, meets every weekday throughout the summer. It educates children, both refugees and Jordanians, on teamwork and cooperation, all in a fun, open setting.
Skateboarding with a Purpose
On some weekends, CRP brings teenagers to Amman’s 7Hills skatepark. Everyone is welcome, from experienced skateboarders to complete beginners.
A Refugee Kid in Amman
No food, no school, no ordinary life. Young Emad and his family were forced to flee Syria in the wake of bombings and destruction. Since coming to Amman, life has not been easy either.
Introducing . . . CRP’s SuperGirls!
We are so excited for the start of CRP’s program, SuperGirls! SuperGirls provides a safe place for young, refugee girls to talk and heal from traumatic experiences.
Keeping the Beat at Kids’ Club
For the past couple of months, the hallways around CRP have been noisier. Kids sitting around drum circles banging away with all their might. But we’re not complaining.
Skateboarding Helps Refugee Teens Fight Boredom and Build Friendships
The bus leaving from CRP’s main building had barely pulled off before the driver turned on the music, and what seemed like a quiet bus ride erupted into rhythmic claps and singing. The teenagers are excited.
How Parents Benefit from Our After-School Club
On any given weekday at CRP, you’ll find plenty of noisy playrooms where kids are just being kids. But sometimes the brightest smiles come from the parents lined up to greet them after activities are over.
Trying to Find Fun as a Refugee Teen
Fun is important regardless of age, and though our Teen Group involves fewer games, it still encourages friendship, pursuit of hobbies, and laughter. But how do refugee youth entertain themselves day to day, outside of CRP?
Back-to-School Prep Is Underway
Just like in Western countries, older students in Jordan require separate notebooks for each subject. Even these little expenses can add up, making a painful decision for students and their parents.
The Joy of Skating
Skateboarding may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Jordan, but it certainly is one of the activities that has proved most popular among CRP’s teen group.
Celebrating Together at American Community School
Yesterday, 17 members of our teen group at the Collateral Repair Project were invited to the Annual Thanksgiving Potluck at the American Community School (ACS)!
CRP Summer Youth Camp Provides Fun, Interactive Learning Environment
This summer, CRP has been running its first Summer Youth Camp for children in our community. Every day, roughly 50 children ages 5 to 14 from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Jordan come to the center and learn, socialize, and have fun together.
Fall Activities Commence
Back to school week has started and with it comes the energy of new beginnings. We’ve had a busy first few weeks of school here in Hashemi Shemali. Here are some of our weekly programs for fall.
CRP Gets Kids Back to School
This summer, CRP staff has been working tirelessly to gather funds and supplies to enroll more of our community’s children in school.
Helping Refugees in Jordan Gives School Supplies and Bags
Education should not be a luxury for the privileged; it is the right of every child. When such a critical right is threatened, every dollar counts.
For the past two weeks, CRP has been hosting a Lego camp for 7-9 year olds and 10-12 year olds. For most of the children, this was their first exposure to Legos.
This past Saturday, 50 children in the CRP community spent the afternoon listening to Syrian storytellers share folk tales and traditional stories from Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Team Building at the Dead Sea!
Many new teens have joined our teen group in the past few months, so we decided it was time for a road trip! Thanks to Dynamix In Jordan, our teen group had a great day hiking in a canyon near the Dead Sea.
Saturday Activities for Kids and Teens
This past Saturday, CRP hosted a fun program for young children and teenagers in our community. Six teens from our Teen Group led a group of 30 children in a variety of activities.
International Pen Pals!
CRP has started a pen pal program between children in our community in East Amman and American students in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).
Our New Homework Club!
Homework Club is open to kids of all ages and teens to help them better master their school work and allow them to participate in educational activities and games.
Girl Scouts at CRP
We have just started two brand new Girl Scouts troops for our refugee community in partnership with Weekday Rx. There are two troops, one for girls ages 9 -10 and a second for girls ages 11-13.
A group of CRP’s children recently attended a performance of “Frogz” put on by a group from Portland, Oregon.
Dental Hygiene Education and Distribution
At a recent kids activity, in addition to the normal games and arts and crafts we were able to have an educational session about teeth care.
Saturdays are Children’s Day at CRP
For 2 hours every Saturday, CRP transforms into a busy hub of well organized chaos. Children from Syria, Iraq, and Jordan come together for a variety of activities that have them singing, dancing, and smiling.
415 Refugee Children Receive Coats and Clothes Today
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.