PROGRAM THREE In the third CL trip activities were held in conjunction with the AlAman Fund for the Future of Orphans, Jordan Media Institute, BADWA Centre for Special Needs, Jordan University, Gaza Palestinian Refugee camp and Syrian Refugees. The students’ visit to a small refugee site near to the Za’atari camp in the north of Jordan – home to an estimated 120,000 refugees from the Syrian war – influenced them to start their own fundraising drive after returning to the UK. The students hit Twitter and Facebook to appeal to friends and family to donate cash to help children at the camp.
In just 48 hours the students had raised an astonishing £4,500, which they used in downtown Amman to buy food, water, blankets and other supplies to distribute to the kids and their families at the camp. Matthew Lyle, a disaster management student said “The trip to Jordan provided us with a perfect setting to try and change lives for the better, and in doing so I believe we have all come back having experienced something that has changed our own lives too.”