Little Thinking Minds

Little Thinking Minds is a company which produces educational resources for school-age children learning to read and write in Arabic. They have created an online portal and applications that teach literacy in a fun and engaging way. Arabic learners not just in the Arab world but also Australia, Canada, and North America use these resources. Little Thinking Minds are exploring the ways that technology can support the education of displaced children.
Little Thinking Minds has partnered with CRP to support our I Read Arabic Program, including the use of their “I Read Arabic” app, after which our program is named.
Learn more about Little Thinking Minds here.

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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.

The Difference YOU Have Made

We want to thank all of you, our donors, for your generous gifts during our campaign. We were able to raise a substantial amount of money for our beneficiaries, and we will put it to good use in 2019!

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 […]

A Place for Neglected Communities to Heal and Grow

CRP’s new downtown center opened recently to provide a safe space for neglected refugee communities. Read more to learn what kind of classes beneficiaries are most excited about!

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.

English Classes Provide Hope and Friendship

English classes not only provide language skills to our community members—they are also a space of laughter, joy and new friendships.

“Life on Pause” – How Kareem finds purpose while waiting for resettlement

The first thing that sticks out about Kareem is his accent. When meeting the 20-year old at CRP, one is immediately struck by his good English. Where did the Iraqi, who arrived in Jordan three years ago, get his American accent from? The answer tells a lot about daily lives of young Iraqi refugees in […]

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.

New Program Increases Social Cohesion

CRP introduced a new educational program aiming at increasing social cohesion between different social groups in Amman. It brings togeher Jordanians and refugees in order to discuss important social issues.

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 . . .

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.

Summer English Classes Begin!

Like many refugees, Noor hopes to improve her English skills. CRP’s English Classes, one of our most popular programs, give refugees that opportunity.

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.

New Glass-Drilling Class at CRP!

Our new glass-drilling class allows refugees to carve decorations and engrave their names on glass pieces. It aims to develop artistic skills while giving the refugees practical, hands-on experience.

How You Can Reach Refugees Over Skype

We’re thrilled to say that we are about to launch a new eLearning language exchange program over Skype! Thanks in part to a grant, we’re expanding our ESL classes.

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.

How Computers Gave Haneen Her Confidence Back

Over the course of the computer class, Mr. Ivin’s patience, encouragement, and simple program illustrations have provided Haneen with new-found confidence.

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.

English: A Way to Prepare for the Future

CRP holds beginner, intermediate, and advance level English courses all five days a week. Each class meets twice a week, for one hour.

Our Computer Lab Is Up and Running!

Thanks to individual donors, as well as donations from CIEE and a grant from Rotary International, we have updated our computer lab with all-new equipment. Most of the refugees in our community do not have computers at home.

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.

Teaching English at CRP

“Teaching Syrian and Iraqi refugees, my students, was a humbling and incredibly transformative experience. My students were mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters, with beautiful ideas and dreams.”

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)!

Kicking Off English Classes for the Fall!

One of CRP’s longest-running and most popular programs is the English classes that we offer to refugees (and Jordanians!) of all backgrounds and nationalities who live in our community.

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.

Summer ESL Classes

At the beginning of August, CRP started back up its own ESL classes for adults in the community. Two levels were offered, one for beginners and one for moderate to advanced learners.

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.

Lego Camp!

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.

Saturday Storytelling!

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.

New English Classes!

English classes are in full swing! Last week we began a new session of classes to accommodate many more interested students!

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.

Computer Skills for the Future

One of CRP’s many successful programs is our computer skills training course, which is taught and organized by volunteers from our community. We have thirty students in beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes.

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.

6 New Computers, a New TV and Much More for CRP

Thanks to a generous grant from the Advent Lutheran Fund, we have just finished installing six new computers and one large television in our Community and Family Resource Center.

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.

Winter English Classes Begin at Community and Family Resource Center

On Monday, we started up our winter English class session. Volunteers Julia and Abu Abdullrahman had two full classes of beginner level students.