I have been impressed again and again by the life-saving work that Collateral Repair Project has done over the years! With such a small staff, they are doing so much to meet the basic needs for food and shelter for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. I consider it a privilege to support their work with a monthly donation.
I have personally witnessed the work that is done my this charity in Amman. I went with one of the founders to visit a few of the recipients of their work. It was heart-breaking to see their situations and hear their stories. As a result of their connection with the Collateral Repair Project, they were rescued from situations that would have only become increasingly worse. Also, I believe they no longer felt they were alone, which psychologically gave them hope--something they clearly needed as well. The various programs that CRP provides are imaginative, creative and offers interesting activities to every age group-it is amazing that so much is provided with minimal funding.
The members work tirelessly, and their commitment is very evident to those who know them.
I hope this will help to gain their organization more recognition so donations will increase, the need is great and I have seen the impact of their work. As I mentioned earlier, so much is done with the funding they do receive, not a penny is wasted.
The accomplishments of this grassroots organization have impressed me since the beginning! Two or three women, starting just with their urge to somehow make up for the enormous injustices of the destruction of Iraqi society, have done amazing things. Their slide presentations are eloquent. I have no doubt that the social and financial support they provide for the refugees in Amman, Jordan, are literally a lifeline for the individuals and families they serve.
The dedication, resourcefulness and staying power of the Collateral Repair Project staff and volunteers
are truly admirable. This is a way of life for those who are on the ground in Amman, responding to the
needs they see with energy and determination.
I am proud to donate to such a worthwhile organization, and I have used contributions to the group
as a way to honor family members on their birthdays.
I love the Collateral Repair Project. It is hard to imagine people more committed to making change in this world than the Director, staff and volunteers at the Collateral Repair Project.
After a lifetime of working in the nonprofit field, I would say they have renewed my faith in the ability of nonprofits to actually put the people they serve first and foremost. Besides the no frills management, no massive overhead, no unnecessary expenditures their absolute dedication and hands on approach to helping some of the world's most forgotten and desperate people is commendable and to be admired.
CRP has formed personal relationships with the refugee community in Amman and because of this network is able to respond quickly to emergency situations. Please read my longer review of CRP that I posted in 2012. CRP is still doing an outstanding job of stretching its donations for maximum benefit and to literally keep food on the table for the most destitute. CRP remains a unique haven for those who have lost everything and have no other place to go for help. Your donations make CRP's work possible. Please view CRP's wonderful work--helping YOU help Iraqi and Syrian refugees-- and almost daily updates on Facebook.
I believe CRP is a very special charitable organization. It is run with absolute openness, wise frugality, and respectful compassion. It seeks to preserve, as other reviewers have stated so well here, the dignity of the Iraqi refugees it serves and to help them rebuild a sense of community as well as help, as funds allow, with life and death needs. I just wanted to highlight the CRP’s community/resource center. The Center offers a lot of practical learning opportunities (ESL, cultural understanding, computer literacy, experience in running a micro-business, lending library, art for kids, kids’ self-defense classes, etc.) as well as simple social activities for all ages. These do wonders in helping Iraqis begin to heal and regain self-confidence and hope after they have endured so much violence and deprivation. Often the CRP team taps the talents of the Iraqi refugee community itself for leaders or instructors, who earn a small stipend for their services. Productive, valued work helps rebuild self-esteem and dignity, as well as supply much-needed income. Sasha and her team are amazing in their insight, ingenuity, sustained inspiration, true empathy and kindness. You can see this clearly as you follow their day-to-day activities on the CRP Facebook page. I don’t know HOW Sasha and her colleagues find the time to keep this information up to date so charmingly! Their Facebook page gives you, among other things, almost immediate and complete feedback on how your money is being spent. Sasha uses this simple tool to bring together all of us around the world who love CRP to share in its daily activities, from a brief clip of the kids doing karate chops to a feast-day meal for single men to a teen art class to pictures of Iraqi women managing the Hope Workshop selling their crafts in one of Amman’s traditional markets—YOU are there! We also become aware in a very natural way—just like when your neighbor needs a cup of sugar!—of the daily struggles, needs, and joys of the Center and the Iraqi community there. They become a part of us. We are then able to respond with real empathy to a call of need because we KNOW the need is real. Any amount is welcomed—after all, $3.75 feeds one person for a week! I wanted to mention, too, Sasha’s anecdotes of daily happenings at the CRP a—they are wonderful, poignant, sad, and informative all at once—and some even give us tears of joy. These personal stories broaden our minds and hearts and “put us there.” Rest assured, you will not regret giving to this wonderful group! The CRP group will see to it that your money is stretched to its maximum! Whether you contribute to overhead costs (without which CRP cannot even open its doors), to specific activities or needs, or to occasional funding drives, I’m sure Sasha has a list at the ready of ideas just waiting for your help!!
I found CRP through friend recommendations and love the fact they are vrass roots and take care of the basic needs, I truely beieve until awi have food in our belly and a safe roof over our heads we can't begin to see the larger picture and problem solve. The updates make it feel very personal
Excellent organization that helps a variety of refugees with virtually no overhead. As a donor, I've been very pleased with how CRP makes use of its funds. They go directly to very poor refugees though buying them food, clothing, and heating. I will continue to fund CPR, and encourage other to do the same.
I am very grateful that CPJ is there to do the work that they do, with compassion and love. Hearing about some of the terrible injustices that people on the other side of the world face, often leaves me feeling as though there isn't much that I can do, but through CPJ I know that even the few dollars that I can afford to send will be spent wisely and stretched far.
A wonderful organization that truly cares about helping others and telling their heart warming stories. I get the feeling that the workers and the volunteers truly want to help the refugees and will do whatever it takes. My family and I were told about this organization by a friend and we will hopefully continue to help :) It is wonderful how they are continuing their great work!
I am so impressed by the way CRP continues to survive financially just by donations, and actually increases and broadens the assistance they offer. CRP now helps victims of the conflict in Syria too.
Something that has stuck in my mind recently is how CRP brings together all religions, sects, and representatives of all sections of Iraqi and Syrian society, and inspires people to work together. The fabulous Womens' Co-op is a great example.
CRP continues to be a human, caring face, treating people as individuals with individual needs. The recent addition of hygiene packs is such a super idea. I love the classes, especially the self-defence and English classes.
Thank you CRP for all you do.
I have only been able to make a few small donations to CRP, but I hope this will change in the future as my finances improve. I am amazed by the amount of dedicated work, and the assistance that CRP gives to the Iraqi people they serve so humbly in Amman. Sasha and her team think outside of the box and provide such things as kids' karate classes, English classes, dominoes nights, IT Training - including Skype so communications may be made more easily to family living elsewhere. Providing photos is a great idea as most people have lost theirs. The Womens' Cooperative is amazing... CRP pays for medical treatment whenever possible..... the list goes on...... I am deeply grateful to CRP and am humbled by their example.