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Collateral Repair Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

Mission: Collateral Repair Project (CRP) provides aid and community to Iraqi refugees and other civilian victims of war and conflict - those commonly referred to as "collateral damage". We seek to repair some of this damage, and through these efforts to foster peace and reconciliation.

Target demographics: Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Geographic areas served: Amman Jordan

Programs: Family Resource & Community Center for refugees in Amman, Jordan. We also provide Emergency Assistance for destitute refugees.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Rosemary N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Deborah67

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Vanessa H.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Bidour A.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Carmen4

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2 Susan121

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 Sarina S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have made several donations to this group only because I truly believe in their outstanding work that is being done overseas to help rebuild lives that were war stricken and homeless. I do believe in the power one soul helping others makes a big difference. Surprisingly enough they have made my donations stretch beyond what I could ever imagined to lots of people not just one person.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is indeed a project, for the improvement of the lives of people. I truly admire the creativity of the staff in finding solutions that focus on the personal development of the well-being of the persons they serve and that means as well respecting their need of remaining human beings. They do not treat them as faceless figures, but they welcome them and recognise their need to have a space to gather socially and to heal inside after the traumas that afflict them. Being refugees, having lost all that was previously familiar to them and in the aftermath of war, they are very vulnerable. The humanity that the staff shows to those who they assist is a precious commodity, as well as being impressed by the accountability of this charity, which responds in a detailed way to donors and gives concrete proof of the work they have done with the donations that have come to them. There is so little overhead, and so much done, that this deserving charity is the essence of what a charitable organisation should be, but often so many are not. They also are very grateful to their benefactors, even if the amount is not large, which is yet another aspect that is lacking in most of the organisations I have had experience with. I cannot reccommend this charity more highly.

4 Danae H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found this charity through a church friend who did a play about Iraqi refugees. After seeing her play, I was horrified by what's happened to refugees there and I wanted to do something. She suggested Collateral Repair Project. Responses have been quick from them, I see where my money is going since they post pictures on their Facebook. They're creative for such a small non-profit doing Mother's Day cards and Valentine's Day cards (I received one of those)! I hope, one day, to be able to visit their project. I hope and pray that this will help them get more donors to take care of these forgotten people.

2 Susan119

Donor

Rating: 4

I found Collateral Repair Project quite by chance on social networks and was immediately impressed by their Facebook page. To backtrack a little: I was horrified by the immense humanitarian crisis suffered by Iraqis and started reading more about it 3 years ago. It seemed the world didn't notice the millions of Iraqis, who had to leave their homes and it stunned me that hardly anyone was doing anything to help these people. Or even raise awareness of their critical situations. And I have been a major supporter of non- profits for a long time. However, through a mutual friend, I found CRP. I said I was impressed by their page; this is a non profit that literally works on a shoestring. But the simplest actions really brings benefit to people; whether it's a dominos night for men or simply purchasing a fan, a twin burner stove to make a families life easier. And the people who run CRP are clearly passionate about what they do... they use social media to promote their activities so all the resources they do have, are directly for the people they help. I cannot say enough about how much I admire CRP and I am writing this review for one reason only; to promote what they do because it would be awful to see such an initiative disappear.

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Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent non-profit org run by wonderful human beings, who work under the hardest conditions. Despite the obstacles and the difficulties they face on a daily basis in order to help the Iraqi refugees, this org ALWAYS puts human dignity above all else. Moreover, and this is very important for an non-profit org, there is 100% accountability & transparency for each and every donation made, regardless if it's $1 or $1000. CRP follows all rules & regulations provided for non-profit orgs, is a registered org and you will always be able to check whether your donation has been wisely used as there is constant feedback on every project CRP runs. I highly recommend Collateral Repair Project as a non-profit org and its cause is worth every single penny you can donate towards it.