On a very warm morning at the end of May, around 17 women attended our Monthly Meeting at the Peace Church Community Room in Heidelberg-Handschuhsheim. Our guest was Tricia R Saur, an HIWC Member, AIWC Cologne Member and FAWCO Target Program Chair. This morning gave HIWC members and guests a short introduction to FAWCO (we joined in April) but mostly Tricia focused on the Target Program and the Target Project, Hope Beyond Displacement.
Tricia started with the history of the Target Program, where it began with raising money for mosquito nets then water wells in Cambodia then bras for women to sell to fight human trafficking and now supporting the education and skills training for refugee women and girls in Jordan.
Hope Beyond Displacement (HBD), the Target Project submitted by Therese Hartwell, a FAUSA Member, and voted on by the 65 other FAWCO Member Clubs, is a project by Collateral Repair Project (CRP) in Amman, Jordan. They support refugees from various backgrounds and countries who do not live in camps but are not legally allowed to work.
Through HBD, the Member Clubs can collectively fundraise and support educational and skills training programs for the refugee women and girls they work with. Programs include beautician skills training, Super Girls, a program for young girls to work through the trauma of war and hardship, international driver’s license training, providing school uniforms and materials to girls going to school, and gender-based violence training for women and men. Additionally, many of the programs then train new trainers who will be able to deliver the programs and provide the element of sustainability to CRP’s programs.
Tricia shared that the original fundraising goal of $125,000 for HBD has already been met, with another 8 months of fundraising still to go! Also, in early April a group of 22 women from FAWCO and FAUSA joined a site visit to Jordan and CRP to learn more about the organization, to see the programs in action, and to meet some of the people the Target Program is supporting. Tricia shared testimonials and photos which brought the visit to life for our attendees.
After her talk, there were some questions and a discussion, and Tricia also sold items from the Backing Women Boutique, the fundraising campaign to support the Target Project. Beautiful, handheld fans were the popular item with the hot temperatures.
We were very excited to learn more about the Target Project, as the HIWC has some fundraising events coming up in June which will be raising money for Hope Beyond Displacement. Additionally in December the HIWC will have a Benefit Concert featuring the talented Robin Meloy Goldsby, which will raise money for the Target Project.
Thank you Tricia for your inspiring and informative talk!