Grant Amount: $37,058
Program Website: www.collateralrepairproject.org
Areas of Impact: Health, Leadership, Safety and Security
Mission of Collateral Repair Project
CRP was founded to aid refugees fleeing the violence of the second Gulf War and has been providing assistance to victims of violent conflict since 2006. In addition to Iraqi refugees, they serve Jordanians living in extreme poverty and Syrians, who have arrived in Amman in huge numbers. CRP seeks to restore dignity and community among these displaced populations and to ensure that their basic food and housing needs are met. It runs an Emergency Assistance Program and a Community Center, where we hold activities that allow refugees to begin healing and rebuilding the once peaceful, non-sectarian communities they’ve lost.
Violent conflict and displacement have negatively affected Amman’s refugee population, and nearly everyone suffers from PTSD and associated issues. These issues coupled with a forced life of inactivity (as refugees are forbidden from working in Jordan) cause refugees to feel they are not empowered. This is especially true for women, who typically bear the brunt of the family’s anxieties and difficulties and are less confident in their ability to affect change in their lives. For this reason, the members of the CRP community have traditionally not taken on leadership roles in large numbers.
At the end of the program, CRP expects:
1. To have increased healthy psychosocial and health and wellness behaviors among women;
2. To have increased women’s leadership in the community and in the center;
3. To have instituted a health and wellness program as well as a governing body, the beneficiary Advisory Council, which will ensure that women’s needs in the community are addressed.
At the close of this program, 225 women will have received training in techniques to promote psychosocial wellness and education on how they can better influence their health and well being. These activities will not only positively affect the behaviors of participants, but their communities. Their families and communities will be indirectly impacted; roughly 500 families — half of whom are women and girls.
Why We Love This Project
They serve refugees from conflict zones in neighboring countries, a unique population with very special needs living in extreme poverty. They serve a diverse population representing multiple nationalities, which include Iraqis, Syrians and Somalis. They are the very reliable boots on the ground for other organizations providing emergency assistance. They have tapped into the needs of the population, and offer holistic and effective programs for displaced populations with PTSD.