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. The girls will work to earn merit badges for different tasks, ranging from drawing to crafting for the younger girls and advancing to subjects like first aid, cooking, and digital photography for the older group. This week the girls introduced themselves to one another, talked about what they like and don’t like and played ice breakers. The goal is for girls to have a positive club to be a part of while doing productive activities they are excited about. Lamia, who came out for the first meeting of the club, says she is excited to join and see what the club is all about.
“The center called me and told me about the program,” Rabab says. “I was interested and decided to take a look. So far I’m liking it and I’m glad I came out. I met new people and friends, and I’m so happy to meet new friends.”
Weekday Rx, a business consulting company in Amman, wanted to do more humanitarian work and reached out to CRP to start the project. Howlader Nashara, an intern with Weekday Rx, says their goal is to provide students with a safe space and keep them coming back to the club each week.
“We’re trying to make a safe space,” Nashara says. “This could be their escape, the place they come every week and spend an hour and a half doing things that are fun and also healthy for that stage in their lives. We want to help these girls have confidence.”