Verbatim | Seeing Poverty

“People living in Amman only go…from Sweifieh to Abdoun or wherever – they don’t see poverty. I really want people to see the camps, patient to see real poverty. When people go there, illness they see how people are living there and they start to appreciate more what they have, recipeSara Sharif. The Action Committee said it received over JD500 in monetary donations and supplies through its online “Back to School Bookbag Campaign,” which was spread by word-of-mouth and blog postings. [source]

Thanks to everyone that helped; both online and offline.

A post on 7iber is forthcoming.


  • It was so nice to work with you all. I am looking forward to the next project. These alliances with the young (and not so young, like myself) are examples of what can be organized and accomplished in a short period of time. Many heartfelt thanks to all of you.

  • It was a pleasure to meet you, Nas. MashAllah. The kids and I really enjoyed our time. InshAllah next month we will have even more to do. May Allah make us successful in even the smallest of projects. Ameen.

  • I am so excited about this initiative!! With Ramadan coming, it is especially important for West Ammanis to take a short drive down the hill to not only be thankful for what they have, but also see how much more they can give in comparison.

    Although 500JD is a good start, it is disappointing low in light of the abundance and the need.

  • It really nice to hear that there is some people who do care and try to support the needy families. I really want to help but don’t know where to start, because I just move to Jordan. So please let me know if there is any project I can help with.
    Comment to the article: I think it like that everywhere. People only see what they want to see, and if you live in a rich area then you will never put our foot in a refugee camp and that very sad. I think it very important to know the society you live in and know what behind the overall picture.
    Hopefully people will open their eyes and will not be so naive and think that there is no poverty in the country they live in

  • My friend had a house guest from Somalia, and was telling his guest what it is like to have grown up poor. The Somali told him you don’t know the first thing about poverty (anta la ta3rifu 3an il faqru shay2an). He told him poor means to sleep in a cardboard box, to look for food in someone’s garbage. To wrap yourself in a newspaper to keep worm in the winter. It scares me how privileged I am when I hear something like that let alone see it.

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