The current on-going relief effort has seen the need for offering arts and crafts as a therapeutic necessity and a great opportunity to build relationships and foster a sense of community.
Jordan Project solution is to build several dedicated spaces for arts & craft and skills development. Since Syrian refugees have limited job opportunities and time on their hands, teaching and developing skills in areas like blacksmithing, ceramics, painting, and sewing is both helpful and therapeutic. It is a form of expression that could be marketed and is a distraction that allows self-expression. This self-expression or art can say what a hurting person cannot speak with mere word. Art provides a way for people to detach themselves from their problems and focus on making something meaningful. In short, art is therapeutic and provides an avenue to make gifts for friends and family on special occasions or just to show appreciation.
The classes are led by volunteers and will build relationships and foster a sense of community. This type of training is ongoing but having a dedicated area within the community will help facilitate more participation and foster an atmosphere of improving life. Jordan Project is teaching blacksmithing in the fall of 2016 in Mafraq. New dedicated facilities for arts, crafts, and skills development in the near future will allow the current relief effort to expand and help more people.