All throughout 2018, the Heidelberg IWC has been fundraising for the FAWCO Target Project, Hope Beyond Displacement, which provides education and skills training for refugee women and girls in Amman, Jordan. As a FAWCO Member Club, the HIWC has the opportunity to come together with the 62 other Member Clubs and make a difference with one organization. After the last of five fundraising event and activities took place in December, we can announce that the HIWC has raised €1,215 to donate to Hope Beyond Displacement!
Hope Beyond Displacement aims to build better futures through education, vocational and leadership training for refugee women and girls in Amman, Jordan. It is an initiative of the Collateral Repair Project (CRP) designed to address the pressing issues identified in close consultation with the women they serve.
Located in Amman, Jordan, Collateral Repair Project is a grassroots effort to bring much-needed assistance to refugees and other victims of war and conflict - those commonly referred to as "collateral damage". They operate numerous programs focusing on community building, education and emergency aid.
The project addresses these issues through targeted training and educational programs, and through tangible opportunities for advocacy and leadership. To ensure the sense of ownership and investment that will be integral for the longevity, sustainability, and success of the project, community members will be involved at every stage.
The events and activities where money was raised were:
- A special book discussion, where members read When the Moon is Low and the Skyped with the author Nadia Hashimi;
- A Walk Through the Night, where members walked along the Neckar in Heidelberg and considered the plight of refugees fleeing their homes;
- The Kick-Off Monthly Meeting, where attendees participated in a raffle to win two gorgeous prizes provided by members Gisela Backe of Evolving You Art Design, and Ginny Trowman, an Independent Stella & Dot Stylist;
- Soirée on the River, a fancy picnic on the river Rhine in Mannheim; and
- The Benefit Concert with Robin Meloy Goldsby.
Additionally, Target Program Chair Tricia R. Saur was the guest speaker at the club’s Monthly Meeting in May, and Collateral Repair Project Executive Director Amanda Lane and four Target Project Site Visit attendees spoke at the FAWCO Region 5 Meeting hosted by the HIWC in November. It’s been wonderful to learn more about the project and organization and to spread this awareness among the members.
The Heidelberg IWC is thrilled to have raised so much money in support of this amazing organization. Not even a year old, the HIWC has jumped in feet first in support of the Target Project, learning as much about it as possible and contributing to the programs that will make a vital difference in the lives of the women and girls in Jordan.