COVID19 DIARY from Jerash Camp: thank you! This is how your money is being spent
Posted on March 23 2020
March 23, 2020 - Dear SEP followers, thank you! Since March 8, thanks to your online purchases, we have raised 300$ for disinfectants, hand-sanitisers and medicines for Jerash camp and yesterday we heard the great news:
The Tamari Foundation will match every 20$ that SEP is allocating to medical support in Jerash camp during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis!
At SEP we have decided to partner with Doctor Mohammad Aradeh, who runs a private clinic in Jerash camp and who has been asked by Authorities to cure all non-COVID related medical issues at the camp.
50,000 people live at the camp and Dr Mohammad has been going from one home to another, to address urgent medical issues since the total curfew was announced in Jordan.
Dr Mohammad is now offering free consultations to those who cannot afford to pay for this services, given the state of emergency. He is also facing a higher-than-usual volume of requests and need for antibiotics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatories and your money, 20$ each time you purchase a SEP item online, will cover those bills.
Dr Mohammad Aradeh's Clinic, Jerash Camp.
The Jordanian Government is acting fast and early to contain COVID-19 contagion: all shops including pharmacies have been closed since Friday and will only re-open tomorrow according to strict rules, which will restrict movement of people. Dr. Mohammad will have priority access to the pharmacy and will buy all the needed. He will also use the 8 liters of hand-sanitiser we had bought for the SEP House Workshop, which is now closed.
The curfew in Jordan might be extended by a few weeks, The Jordan Times says, as the positive cases rise to 112. Camp residents have limited resources and limited ability to stock up, so this medical support is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for shopping online and continuing to contribute to this COVID-19 emergency project! More updates will follow on this blog post in coming days.
Nada from the SEP team filmed her daughter Zeina and nephew Adam instruct other kids on how to cope with COVID-19, enjoy this sweet video!
Read the blog post "wearing keffiyeh as face masks: is it safe?", which is when we first announced the 20$ initiative, HERE
March 24th, 2020 - The first day since the 4-day total lockdown, the day when people were supposed to take turns to go out and get necessary items. Today the Jordanian government announced they would deliver bread and water plus medicines to all the households who need them across Jordan. Many were confused as to the availability of supplies and did not respect safe distancing, prompting a constructive reaction by the Government, which has come up with new social distancing rules. Full article HERE. Dr Mohammad had to postpone the first purchase of medicines to tomorrow, due to the volatile situation in the streets.
March 25th, 2020 - Mission 1 accomplished! Dr Mohammad Aradeh was able to get to the Pharmacy and purchase the needed, with the first 300$ available:
March 25th, the streets of Jerash camp are calm and pretty empty again and the sun is shining:
March 26th, 2020 - The partial curfew, which becomes total only at 18:00 seems to be safely in place. Last night after 18:00:
The queues for food are the same you would see anywhere else on the planet, with 1m distance being respected:
March 27th, 2020 - As the number of cases in Jordan tops 200, the Government issues Defence Law Nr3, tightening curfew regulations. Curfew time starts at 18:00 and ends at 10:00am. All violators will be punished, with fines and - in case they are caught more than once, prison. More HERE. SEP Jordan Project Manager Waseem Salameh in Jerash "Gaza" camp held an Instagram live call @sepjordan and will do so weekly, to share first hand information with the SEP community. Watch our stories and stay tuned!
The SEP Artists have started sharing images of the work they have done from home during curfew with SEP Quality Control Manager, Asma. We have been pleased to hear that embroidery is keeping them busy and positive in these long days:
"Embroidery is helping me a lot during the curfew: I am done with the house chores very fast nowadays and then I have a a lot of time and nothing else to do", Najah.
"Embroidery is resistance", Alia.
"Embroidery fills a void, it distracts us from thinking about the problems: it is the main reason for my strength", Ahlam.
"Embroidery requires a lot of time; now I have all the time for it. Let us have fun and sit without boredom!", May.
March 28th, 2020 - SEP Ambassador Jasmine Caye published a blog post on Le Temps, which talks about our 20$ per-piece initiative. So have the Financial Times How to Spend it and Elle Italy: we are overwhelmed by their support, thank you! You may click on the links below to read the full stories:
April 1st, 2020 - It is interesting, how simple things become complicated during COVID-19. Going to the bank to withdraw cash to pay salaries has become an adventure. One can only reach the bank in certain hours, by foot or with a car with a permit. ATM cash withdrawals are the recommended way to withdraw, with exceptions made for larger sums. Nawal managed to get to Bank of Jordan in Jerash, withdraw the money needed to pay salaries and the artists who have been working from home and will then prepare individual plastic bags which carry each of the team member's name. The distribution of the cash cannot happen at the SEP workshop, but only in the open air, making sure the distance is kept and only one person at a time meets her. We are looking into mobile payments as an alternative solution, but even that is not a trouble-free option. The adventure continues, will keep you posted!
Amman Diary - Mahmoud Al Haj, SEP Country Manager, has been in lockdown with no electricity since march 18th. One hour of electricity a day, charging his mobile with the help of kind passers-by... that is how he summarised his feelings yesterday: