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Testimonials

Read what some of our beneficiaries have to say about Collateral Repair Project.

CRP offers things that we do not find elsewhere, such as Men’s Group and being able to meet people. It has become a part of our lives, a community. We call our friends and ask where are you going, ‘I’m going to CRP, to this program or that program.’ We don’t think of it as an organization, it’s like a second home. The things we talk about with others here, I might not talk about with my relatives.” —Thamer, Syrian refugee

“I came to Jordan with my wife, daughter and son. There has been a change in my family as a result of coming to CRP because of the things I’ve learned from the [Gender-Based Violence Awareness] course and from others. At home, I am now implementing what I’ve learned in the sessions about how to better treat my family with my daughter and son. When I first started to come to the center it was purely to occupy my time, but now it has become like a family environment—I feel the people here are family now.” —Salem, Iraqi refugee

“CRP is the only ones who care to help us.” —Rahaf, Sudanese refugee

 

 

“If I did not have this to preoccupy myself with I would feel very sad and alone, this helps me to not think about everything that has happened to my country and to me. The center has allowed me to meet all kinds of new people, which gives me the opportunity to learn from everyone I meet. Life is all education, everyone has something to teach you.” —Leila, Iraqi refugee

“Here at CRP I can be someone, meet people, and make friends that accept me as I am.” —Wesan, young Palestinian-Jordanian

 

 

“Being a stranger in a foreign land is difficult. Being a refugee is hard. If I didn’t have CRP I would be even more alone, but CRP is like a friend that has provided me with company.” —Amjed, Syrian refugee

“It was remarkable. I knew right away what a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere it was. … The help that CRP provides is not limited to adults—the activities for children are wonderful. I love that CRP is very supportive and encourages me to develop myself. . . . The atmosphere in general is very comfortable and everyone is very happy. I feel like we are one big positive family.” —Nawal, Syrian refugee

“Before coming to CRP, I didn’t know anybody, I don’t go to school in Amman. . . .  But here I have a lot of friends.” —Nesreen, young Iraqi refugee

 

“And so in 2015 I came to the center, and what can I tell you about CRP? It was like psychological treatment without a doctor. I can’t even describe it. Whatever you can imagine learning—it is here. In the beginning I thought I would come here for some sort of psychological support. I came simply to talk about my problems. It was like opening up my wounds, but in truth there is no one who is able to heal them. Talking is not like getting involved in something. I began coming here for English classes and still I would go back home with this fear in me. But then for 8 months I came to the women’s empowerment sessions and I got to know many Iraqi women. Back in Iraq I would have been been afraid of them. I had no friends back in Iraq, but then I came to CRP and said to myself, ‘Where were these amazing people in Iraq?’” —San’a, Iraqi refugee

“When I first came here I knew it was a wonderful center—I saw the happy refugees from all different religions and the support that they were given and all of the activities. I have been really satisfied so far. . . . Here at CRP there is no prejudice—everyone is welcomed. It is an environment where those things do not matter.” —Sami, Iraqi refugee

“The positivity in my life comes from CRP. . . . I don’t feel lonely anymore” —Ashwaq, Iraqi refugee

“Because I am disabled I cannot work. I live alone and there is no one else to provide food and supplies for me. Today I am buying sugar, fish, cheese, tomatoes, food that I could not buy otherwise [without food vouchers]. My legs hurt all night even when I walk here. Without CRP I could not eat.” —Kareem, Sudanese refugee

“Whenever I come to the center, I’m able to stop thinking of myself as a refugee, and for me that is the most important thing. I was a civil engineer in Iraq but here in Jordan I’m not allowed to work. The activities and classes at CRP allow me to forget this reality—to forget this situation I am in as a refugee. They allow me to forget that my future is uncertain and they give me respite.” —Hussam, Iraqi refugee