September 20, 2012
I heard about CRP via a network and began communicating with the co-ordinator in Amman. I made no indication of becoming a donor, just curiosity in how it was run, having myself worked all my life with refugees and related projects and also being a stickler for accountability and appropriate community development / empowerment principles. Immediately I was furnished with accountabilities/acquitalls,details of all aspects of the financial management of the project and all questions answered about programs, philosophical frameworks and so on. What I really like about this project is that is it truly grassroots, you really do know where your money is going and that not a cent is wasted. Moreover, you have options as to what you want to support financially. I was concerned for the monthly running costs (so little is needed for this) and that CRP should not have to worry about raising funds for this and rather concentrate on the direct needs of the refugees. So I took that option and tried to rope in others to cover this monthly expense on an ongoing basis. At other times, I have the option to send additional amounts for particular activities or needs of a refugee. There is no pressure, every little contribution is highly appreciated, you just follow what is going on and respond when you feel moved (and able) to do so. This is the kind of organisation that works with its heart and never promotes itself...it truly serves with humility and with respect for the sanctity of life and dignity of the human spirit.
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