Being an organization that is trying desperately to help empower nationals to restore broken relationships in their communities, we have been left with the challenge of addressing the ongoing needs of people in our community as well as the emergency situations of many Syrians. It is a tough challenge, and it is almost impossible to do any real “development” work with the refugees at this point. They aren’t allowed to legally work. They have few resources available to them to contribute to the local economies, and they are simply trying to meet their basic needs to stay alive.
One of the things that we have been able to do, however, is start a blanket project with the ladies of 1033 and some local NGOs who are working to address the Syrian refugee crisis. We have been able to purchase local fabric and employ the ladies of 1033 to cut and sew that fabric into blankets. These blankets are then purchased from us and distributed to Syrians by local humanitarian organizations. It is a great harmony of opportunities to add to the local economy, provide employment opportunities for women in our community, and participate in meeting real needs of Syrians in Jordan.
It is an exciting thing to be a part of systems that are working to meet people’s needs, and fits perfectly into the vision and mission of 3rd Person and 1033. It's nice to get both of those with one stone.