OPERATION RAMADAN 2017
Traditionally, organizations in the Middle East focus on clothing and food distribution during Ramadan. We decided that in addition to the food and clothing operations, we would try to work on sustainable development, too.
Our friend Georg from Innovation Aid agreed to partner with us in hosting a workshop for Syrian refugees in an informal tented settlement in Mafraq, where we taught them (while learning ourselves) how to create air conditioning systems without the need for electricity out of used plastic bottles and wooden boards.
Since we did this during the day, it was extremely hot and windy - but after four hours of work, we finished our first ever joint workshop! Hopefully the air conditioner will help cool down the fasting inhabitants of the house. We hope to go back and continuing the learning process with Georg and Innovation Aid soon!
This Ramadan, a new partner invited us to a community event organized by a group of charitable organizations in Zarqa, Jordan. Each year, the organizations come together to provide meals to break the fast with Muslims in Zarqa during Ramadan. This year, we were able to invite some of the refugee families we work with to join the event and break the fast together.
It is thanks to such great local initiatives that refugees can feel integrated and supported in their communities, and we are so proud to have been invited this year. We hope to work more closely with these wonderful local groups next year!
This Ramadan, Refugee Utility Project were able to support 50 families in Zarqa, Jordan, with a month's supply of food. Have a look through the slideshow to see the results of your donations and the hard work of our volunteers! They spent hours hunting down the best prices and packing up the food for 50 vulnerable refugee families and 5 low-income Jordanian families.
Thank you to every one of you who participated in this project.
From the Refugee Utility Project team.