Posted by Yasmin Hussein on December 22, 2015 in Blog
The Syrian refugee crisis saw an increase in media attention in 2015, in part due to statistics that demonstrated the crisis contributed to the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Tragic images of refugees fleeing to Europe struck a chord of compassion in many hearts. Rhetoric seemed to change when politicians began using unwarranted and misguided fear-mongering tactics in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. In the United States the dialogue evolved around how many Syrian refugees the U.S. should admit, and the various stages of security screenings they must go through. But in the midst of all of this conversation, there are organizations that are working on the ground in the Middle East to ensure that each refugee does not become “collateral damage” of war and conflict.
The Collateral Repair Project (CRP) is a nonprofit organization based in Amman, Jordan. Started in 2006 by two American women, CRP provides a direct connection between citizens of coalition countries and innocent refugees who are suffering as a consequence of war and turmoil. CRP provides emergency assistance to hundreds of families through food vouchers, in-kind aid and information services. Their low administrative cost of 15% allows them to give back even more to the refugees they serve. They seek to repair some of the damage caused by war and conflict, and foster peace and reconciliation by restoring dignity and community amongst the refugees they serve.
CRP’s strengths include a wealth of knowledge about the refugee community in East Amman and strong relationships with the beneficiaries they serve. Their community center is a place where many refugees, prohibited by Jordanian law from working, spend their days. Because of this, CRP has cultivated strong grassroots support from beneficiaries, many of whom go on to become volunteers, helping to assist their neighbors to access programs and services.
As we all begin to bundle up and get warm for the winter, hundreds of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees are in need of the same warmth. The Collateral Repair Project intends to provide just that. Visit their website to learn more about their organization and campaigns.