Salaam Cultural Museum assists Syrian refugees

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By Jordan Schneider

There are 6.3 million displaced refugees in Syria, 1.3 million live in Jordan. Not all Syrian refugees within Jordan live in official refugee camps; nevertheless, living in Jordan and not in a camp means 20 to an apartment. These are urban refugees. Other refugees not in official camps have built their own camps near farming communities and work for one dollar a day harvesting fruit and vegetables.

Based out of Seattle, Washington, Salaam Cultural Museum is an all-volunteer organization that operates in Jordan as a registered NGO. With the exception of one paid office assistant no one draws a salary—not even those in the administration. For Ramadan, Rita Zawaideh, founder of Salaam, made a deal with one of the local Jordanian grocery stores;

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