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    I was empowered by Jordan River Foundation’s training and worked hard to change, leading my father to change too” 

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    Nayfeh - beneficiary of project management training courses
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    Like many, I was occupied with the details of my own daily life. I walked in the neighborhood on a daily basis, it was impossible to avoid the scattered garbage or twisting my ankle when walking over a hidden hole; yet I did nothing, we did nothing to change. It was always easier to blame the authorities. All of this changed once we enrolled in the JRF’s program which taught us the spirit in working as a team. 

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    Omar Al Manzalawi - ‘Neighborhoods Enhancement Teams’ Project.
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    I knew that this project can change my life... I met many people and have more self-confidence.

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    Fatima Al Qudah - Ajloun Cold Storage Project
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    We are in a much better place; our voices are heard by authorities after a long time of silence, we know how to deal with challenges and transform them into opportunities.     

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    Omar Al Manzalawi - ‘Neighborhoods Enhancement Teams’ Project.
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    The desert of Wadi Araba became a green paradise producing only the best, and our community divided one day, is now working together under Qaa Al-Se’diyeen Association.

    "
    Abu Wael
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    We were determined to find the space in our compounded school building, and with humble resources we agreed to renovate the old storage.

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    Madeline and Maram - “Safe Room” Project
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    “My father encourages me to continue my education after he witnessed my success; I am a changed woman. Today I am a real member in the family; participate in decision making equal to my brothers and full of belief that in order to make a change, you should change from within yourself first.

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    Nayfeh - beneficiary of project management training courses
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    I lived my childhood in KSA, I had no idea what the word “volunteer” meant until I became one.

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    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer Project
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    Both skills and experience that I acquired from the center made me feel that I have a message to share with other women; my work as an educator is just a small token to show my gratitude.

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    Ghadeer, The QRFCC
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    I feel empowered as I became one of two decision makers in my house. I now help my husband around the house, I learned how to drive and bought my first car after three years of work. My husband and I bought a land and a house and we are saving for the education of our three children.

    "
    Fatima Al Qudah - Ajloun Cold Storage Project
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    The training I received on Basic life Skills, Leadership Skills and volunteering have enriched my teen years and developed my personality.

    "
    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer Project
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    The Safe Room is a haven for distressed girls whom we have longed to assist for the past years," "in this space, students can speak freely and confidentially about their deepest pains and fears, seek guidance, and receive support.

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    Madeline - “Safe Room” Project
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    It was a daunting path towards an old and dark storage room, we never imagined that this same space could become a bright, safe and attractive room, it has actually become our favorite spot in the school.

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    Iman, 12 - on a safe room volunteers created at her school.
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    I would have had no future if it wasn’t for the program and the support of the Jordan River Foundation. 

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    Mohammad, 19 - Youth Career Initiative beneficiary
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    The beacon that guides the residents towards one goal for the benefit of all.

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    Abu Wael - beneficiary talking about the first development attempt in Wadi Araba
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    My work with JRF and in the complex enriched my experience and my university studies; it is truly the ultimate prize.

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    Fatima Al Qudah - Ajloun Cold Storage Project
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    My experience with JRF changed me, I realize now that the prize is bigger than money; it is great friends and the feeling of pride every time I pass by a school or a street that we helped to change.

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    Hussein - “Al Maghaweer” Volunteer
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    Inside us is a new feeling that we haven’t experienced before, the feeling of true citizenship and responsibility towards ourselves and our community”                            

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    Omar Al Manzalawi - ‘Neighborhoods Enhancement Teams’ Project.
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    When Her Majesty’s visited us to share our experience, her words motivated us; I will never forget it when she said we rephrased the meaning of the word “Citizen” through our work.

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    Omar Al Manzalawi - ‘Neighborhoods Enhancement Teams’ Project.
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    I felt like a prisoner, today I accept my daughter’s illness, I know how to deal with her, before I used to deal with her illness instead.”

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    Ghadeer - The QRFCC
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    I was shy and had few friends; today I am blessed with many friends within my community.

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    Abdulateef, Youth Volunteer Summer Project
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    I come from an area of small farmers who can barely sell their produce to the local market and with the suppressed prices during the high season, the farmers are content if they just break-even… a cold storage and a food processing unit was a dream for us but we never thought that it can become reality. 

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    Fatima Al Qudah - Ajloun Cold Storage Project
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    I had no idea Suha was going through such a hard time. I could see there was something wrong, but I didn’t know what to do about it. Thank you for helping us

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    Suha’s mother - JRF 110 Helpline beneficiary
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    I am so grateful for your help, I have talked to my mother about what I am experiencing and she has been very supportive since

    "
    Suha, 13 - JRF 110 Helpline beneficiary
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    I continuously talk to my peers and encourage them to enroll in the centers various programs and activities. At school, I stood out in my class as I became more confident and empowered; now I want my younger brothers to join the center so they get the same opportunity I did.

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    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer Project
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    The smile we draw on the innocent faces of these young girls is the source of our strong-will and determination to continue and expand the work we have started", thank you JRF.

    "
    Madeline and Maram - “Safe Room” Project
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    My life has changed completely.

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    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer Project
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    Through JRF's training programs, Madeline and I are able to identify cases of abuse in school, assist girls through creative and indirect methodologies such as writing and drawing and cooperate with the Family Protection Department in Aqaba when needed.

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    Maram - “Safe Room” Project
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    My parents, who opposed the idea at the beginning, recognize the new me and encouraged my twin brother to join.

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    Hussein - “Al Maghaweer” Volunteer
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    We are proud to declare that the Safe Room has assisted more than 60 girls since 2009 and was successful in returning ten dropouts to school again," "corporal punishment have dropped down significantly, and parents are showing more collaboration with our project.

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    Madeline and Maram - “Safe Room” Project
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    I want to be popular like other girls in my class”, she complains “why is this happening to me?

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    Suha, 13 - JRF 110 Helpline beneficiary
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    I would have never imagined meeting Her Majesty one day, but when she visited Wadi Araba, I realized that we have achieved something to be proud of. 

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    Abu Wael - Qaa Al-Se’diyeen Association
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    My dream is to start my own business one day soon.

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    Fatima Al Qudah - Ajloun Cold Storage Project
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    I never thought that this experience will change me into a complete different person.

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    Hussein - “Al Maghaweer” Volunteer
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    In University, am not Abu Sakher or the head of an association, am just a regular student and my daughter’s colleague.

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    Masayel Thyabat - Participant and beneficiary of JRF training courses
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    I liked to practice what I learned at home, and I had no idea that my brothers and sisters were learning too.

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    Mohammad, 19 - Youth Career Initiative beneficiary
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    JRF has transformed me into a Super Citizen

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    Omar Al Manzalawi - ‘Neighborhoods Enhancement Teams’ Project.
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    Working with JRF, I discovered there are no limits to ambition. Working with youth, inspired me even more to develop myself personally so I enrolled in University; something I never thought was possible.

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    Masayel Thyabat - participant and beneficiary of JRF training courses
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    I felt so good after that call” said the counselor who spoke to Suha and her mother,  “it is live proof that doing what we do can have a real impact on someone’s life. Suha is not alone in her struggle anymore, we made that happen

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    Suha’s mother - JRF 110 Helpline beneficiary

Al Mafraq Cluster

Al Mafraq Cluster

Northern Badia Cluster: Plentiful growth in an unlikely place: Al Mafraq Governorate
Cluster Villages: Al-Mukayfita, Ar-Rifa’yyat, Qasim, Umm Al-Quttayn
Community Type: Rural Bedouin

Location. The Northern Badia Cluster is located in the northeastern section of the Northern Badia of Jordan, close to the Syrian border. The cluster is approximately 45 km from the city of Al-Mafraq, 150 km northeast of the capital, and about 440 km from Aqaba city. Until the 1920s, the area was uninhabited, with the exception of Umm al-Quttayn. Northern Badia is an area of Jordan with a long tradition of Bedouin lifestyle. RCCDP has designed projects that strengthen such traditions and creatively maximize natural resources.

Description. The Northern Badia has an arid landscape with only two seasons, summer and winter. The annual precipitation is 100-250 mm, which is scattered over the year. The low rainfall and the high evaporation rate cause drought problems. Temperatures range from below 0 degrees Celsius during the winter and reach highs of above 45 degrees Celsius in the summer.

The desert soil is characterized by its low water penetration capacity, as well as its low organic composition. This is due to the presence of basalt generated from ancient volcanic activity. The vegetative cover is sparse, mainly consisting of olive trees. Some grape vines, small trees, and other shrubs are also evident, but mostly around houses.

The cluster villages are at an altitude of 850-900 meters above sea level, and include the villages of Al-Mukayfita, Ar-Rifa’yyat, Qasim and Umm Al-Quttayn. The landscape generally consists of semi-arid land with hilly areas.  The cluster’s total population is 7,770 inhabitants.

Problems and Challenges Facing the Area

  • Some sections of the main east-west road connecting the villages of the cluster is in need of maintenance.
  • Some small villages suffer from a lack of internal and secondary roads, and residents rely on the bus service to the other cluster villages (private car ownership is widespread).
  • All the houses and constructed buildings in the villages are connected to the power grid, but this power supply is intermittent.
  • A municipal landfill is located within the cluster, and is used for municipal solid waste disposal. Most residents are concerned about groundwater contamination from the landfill.
  • Pollutants also include plastic bags, and detritus from poultry farms.
  • The over-use of agricultural chemicals and fertilizers.
  • No liquid waste network exists, and residents rely mostly on septic tanks that are periodically emptied      by private trucks.
  • Harsh climate and droughts, especially over the past few years.
  • Poor access to health care facilities. The village of Al-Mukayfita is 60 km from the nearest hospital.
  • The community suffers from public health risks caused by fly infestations and the common practice of inter-marriages between cousins.
  • Umm Al Quttayn is the only village that has a community center and police station.
  • Umm al-Quttayn is the site of an ancient Roman village which is neglected and in dire need of touristic development and promotion.

Economic Problems

  • The area suffers from high levels of poverty (the total monthly income average is exceptionally low).
  • 80% of the workforce in the cluster is employed in the public sector, while only 11 % works in the private sector, which reflects the high level of dependence on the government.
  • The unemployment rate is 40% and is mainly caused by:
    • The lack of vocational training - there are no vocational schools in any of the villages.
    • Weak private sector investment activity and the lack of market opportunities.
  • The abandonment of livestock-breeding as the traditional method to generate income. This is due to the harsh climate and the end of government subsidies for livestock feed which has left many people in a much worse situation. Families who have lost all or part of their flocks have been dragged into extreme poverty.
  • The commercial sector is as low as 1% of the working population, mainly in the business of small local retail shops.
  • Only 5% of the cultivable land is irrigated, and is mainly planted with tomatoes and melons.

Addressing the Local Needs of the Area

JRF created the Integrated Livelihood Farm Project in Northern Badia. The project aims at generating income for families in the area, and has introduced innovative technologies and a new breed of sheep, the Awasi. It also encouraged the creation of traditional handicrafts and promoted organic farming. Through strengthening the relationship between community members and local organizations, many aspects of life in the area have been improved.

The 42 dunum Integrated Livelihood Farm, located in Rawdat Al-Ameer Ali Bin Al-Hussein, consists of:

  • A livestock shed for sheep and goats
  • A production area for traditional Beit Sha’ir weaving
  • A honey processing facility
  • Greenhouses
  • Areas for sun-drying tomatoes
  • Advanced irrigation systems
  • A vocational training center and offices for the local cooperative.

The project has provided 14 full-time jobs and over 3000 part-time jobs to members of the targeted community.

Another one of the creative endeavors of this project is the production and sale of honey. For a decade, the Badia Research and Development Program (BRDP) has been researching local bee cultivation, finding that they collect pollen in the desert border between Jordan and Syria. RCCDP has partnered with the BRDP in this cluster and applied their research, and distributed hives to members of the Co-operative and conducted training for them. The resulting organic honey is a unique and highly marketable product, generating revenue for the local co-operative and farmers.