Collateral Repair Project believes that a holistic approach is necessary to help urban refugees and needy Jordanians heal, grow, and rebuild lives. Refugees have complex and nuanced needs and CRP allows for that growth and healing while building and stabilizing community. We do this through providing basic necessities first and then building education and trauma-relief programming on top of that foundation.
Many members of the refugee community in East Amman wait for resettlement for years. Only 2% of refugees worldwide will ever find resettlement in the West, so for most of our community, that wait is lifelong. During this waiting period in Jordan, refugees are mostly not permitted to hold jobs and many are not allowed to re-enter formal education if they’ve had a gap in schooling of more than three years. This leads to a lot of frustration, boredom, and pent-up energy. CRP stands out from other organizations because of our dual approach of providing both physically and emotionally. Once basic needs are met, the refugee community needs ways to process the trauma of displacement, find alternative income streams, structure their days to stave off frustration, and rebuild their lives. All of our programs include an aspect of trauma relief and seek to teach healthy coping strategies. Having a place to go and a schedule of classes allows refugees to build a routine again. Every month, Collateral Repair Project attends meetings with the UNHCR and other aid organizations to learn about trauma relief and ways to reduce negative coping strategies.
Collateral Repair Project’s Family Resource and Community Center provides a space for refugees to spend their days where the taboo of refugee status is lifted. The Center provides a place to relax and engage in refugee-led activities. The community tells Collateral Repair Project what they most need, and the Center endeavors to bring it into fruition. Sometimes, time spent at the Center is the only social time the refugees get. Collateral Repair Project brings in experts to train members of the refugee community who then lead the programs themselves.
We believe that it is only once basic needs are met that refugees can truly begin to heal. That is why we equally value both our basic-needs assistance and our trauma-relief programming. There cannot be one without the other.