Dear Friend of Collateral Repair Project,
Summer is drawing to a close here in Amman. The weather has turned from very hot to very warm; at night, the long sleeved blouses I wear in public are now comfortable. During weekday mornings and afternoons, the streets are filled with groups of children in their blue school uniforms. Plump figs ripen on the trees in many gardens. Jasmine still scents the evening air, its perfume released at sundown. At night, the city is a galaxy turned up-side-down as Ramadan crescent moon and star lights twinkle out of many windows
In this majority Muslim culture, one of the most frequently used phrases used is “al hamdolelah” (thanks to God) and is used freely when people talk about their circumstances – even when they are bad. It is a recognition that one is to be grateful for whatever one has; that life itself - that one has survived, at least - is a gift requiring gratitude. Once, when I explained to an Iraqi friend here that I am considered impoverished in my own country, she became upset with me, telling me that I must never say this - that “poverty” is a lack of having generosity, not what’s in one’s bank account!
Friends, Collateral Repair Project is struggling to stay afloat. We have trimmed back projects and staff to the bare minimum in our effort to stay afloat and continue providing much needed assistance to Iraqi refugee victims of war and, as importantly, as we distribute this assistance, we remind them that there are many of us in the west who remember them, who care and have deep remorse and sorrow for their losses resulting from the crimes committed against them in our names. We need your help now to bring “zakat” to those who have so much less than we do and who are hurting so much.
We can only do this if you help. If you have enough, won’t you please share a little? If you cannot help at this time with a financial contribution, will you please helping by asking others to support our work?
We will be sending you an UPDATE later this week. To be included:
- Ways your contributions have eased life for Iraqi refugee families receiving emergency assistance during the past three months.
- Information and photos of our two week Art & Performance Camp that was attended by 45 energetic and enthusiastic kids in Al-Nasr district of Amman – an area that is home to many impoverished Iraqi, Palestinian and Jordanian families. We know you’ll smile when you see these happy creative kids!
- Iraqi & American girls reaching out to one another in friendship.
- Our participation in World Refugee activities in partnership with International Relief & Development and Jordanian Alliance Against Hunger
- Heart-to-Heart / Hand-to-Hand: Donors & their recipients both benefit
- Intangible assistance CRP provides to refugees here in the form of advocacy
- Resettlement and resignation – the current situation for Iraqi refugees in Jordan
- UNHCR funding cut-backs and how these will impact critical assistance programs Iraqi refugees rely on
Sasha Crow - CRP founder & co-director - from Amman, Jordan