Eid al-Adha is a holiday celebrating the end of Hajj, where Muslims complete one of the Five Pillars of Islam by traveling to Mecca and following in the steps of the Prophet Mohammed. A favorite for many Muslim families and children, the holiday is celebrated with family visits, special sweets, and big meals. It is also traditional to slaughter a sheep or goat! Over a period of a few days, a third of the meat is to be eaten by the family, another third is shared with friends or others in the community, and the final third is donated to the poor. There is significant religious and cultural significance of meat for Eid al-Adha, and thanks to the American Community School and a local donor, CRP was able to provide Hashimi Shamali refugees with a meat-filled, holiday feast to all of our community members, regardless of their religious affiliation.
The American Community School generously donated meat, 500kg of rice, 500kg of sugar, and nonperishable food items. CRP also received two sheep from a charitable Jordanian. Students from the American Community School came to to our community center in East Amman to help the local staff pack and distribute the food. Overall, CRP was able to provide holiday meals for 118 families from all walks of life!
A senior from the American Community School created a video of some great moments from the distribution, which can be viewed here.
You can also check out more photos from the distribution on our Facebook page: Collateral Repair Project – Helping Urban Refugees in Jordan.