In 2012, Emad fled from Homs in Syria, as the civil war broke out. Today, he coordinates CRP’s youth programming in Amman.
He and his family came to find a safe haven in Jordan, and an opportunity for Emad to complete his studies. The university he was attending in Homs, Al-Baath University, had to close down because of the erupting war. He has now recently graduated from Arabic Literature Studies at Zarqa University in Amman, while simultaneously partaking in English classes at CRP.
Following growing recognition of its potential for youth programs planning and management, he began working for CRP as a volunteer staff member nearly four months ago.
His experiences inspired him to volunteer at CRP, where his willingness to help those who have fled from war is limitless. “Working at CRP gives me the chance to do what I want to do,” Emad says.Even though Emad works evenings in a mobile shop to support his ageing parents, he is determined to come every morning and afternoon to CRP to help other refugees. CRP has allowed him to pursue these motivations, which have been translated into effective youth program coordination.
“He is passionate to learn, has organizational skills, and takes initiatives to improve the programs,” Karam, our Education Specialist, says of him. Karam has been working with Emad since he first began volunteering here. The programs Karam and Emad coordinate include multifaceted approaches to social development and youth education for refugee children located in Amman, as a component of CRP’s wider efforts to promote peace and reconciliation among the different refugee communities. In other words, they use story time, games, singing, dancing, and role-playing to bring kids together and help them to learn and grow.
A key program that Emad manages is the Super Girls program, which we first introduced during the autumn, and is an essential part of CRP’s strategy in helping refugee children. The program provides a safe space to empower young refugee girls, enabling them to freely express themselves, and to heal from their traumatic experiences. These programs do not only help refugee children to integrate socially and develop their self-confidence, they have a similar influence on the staff volunteers that run them.
Volunteering for CRP is a life-enriching experience for Emad, providing him with the tools he needs for his present stability, but also with the skills and knowledge of working in an organization, which will be valuable for his future professional career. While CRP helps you help refugees located in Amman, it also provides an opportunity for refugees themselves to participate in grassroots support of other urban refugees.
“It helps me build my future,” he says.