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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.     

    "
    Omar Al Manzalawi - ‘Neighborhoods Enhancement Teams’ Project.
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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 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.

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    Abu Wael
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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.

    "
    Masayel Thyabat - Participant and beneficiary of JRF training courses
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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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    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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    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.

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    Fatima Al Qudah - Ajloun Cold Storage Project
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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”                            

    "
    Omar Al Manzalawi - ‘Neighborhoods Enhancement Teams’ Project.
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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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    My parents, who opposed the idea at the beginning, recognize the new me and encouraged my twin brother to join.

    "
    Hussein - “Al Maghaweer” Volunteer
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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. 

    "
    Abu Wael - Qaa Al-Se’diyeen Association
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    I was empowered by Jordan River Foundation’s training and worked hard to change, leading my father to change too” 

    "
    Nayfeh - beneficiary of project management training courses
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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 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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    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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    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.

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    Madeline and Maram - “Safe Room” Project
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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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    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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    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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    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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    JRF has transformed me into a Super Citizen

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    Omar Al Manzalawi - ‘Neighborhoods Enhancement Teams’ 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 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.”

    "
    Ghadeer - The QRFCC
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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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    My life has changed completely.

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    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer Project
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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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    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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    The training I received on Basic life Skills, Leadership Skills and volunteering have enriched my teen years and developed my personality.

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    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer Project
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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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    “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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    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

Overview

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Jordan River Community Empowerment Program (JRCEP)

The Community Empowerment Program (JRCEP) exemplifies the Jordan River Foundation’s commitment to sustainable human development.

Through its various projects, the JRCEP aims to empower communities, including the more vulnerable, to participate in creating their own economic opportunities and improving the quality of their lives through the creative reorganization of the natural, human and economic resources at local levels.

Our JRCEP projects follow a format that has over time proved to be a successful formula for effective community engagement and for the identification of appropriate projects that enhance economic, social, and environmental conditions. This format is based on three principles:

  • Ensuring community participation
  • Long-term sustainability of projects and activities
  • Economic soundness and ability to create local jobs and profits for co-operatives and their members

Objectives

Our projects and programs aim to:

  • Improve the socio-economic status of the underprivileged
  • Upgrade skills of local communities and community-based organizations
  • Further the knowledge and accessibility of marginalized communities
  • Re-organize local resources to become more efficient and productive (CBOs, co-ops, etc.)
  • Engage local communities, individuals and institutions in advocacy and decision-making that affect their livelihoods
  • Advocacy and lobbying on policies affecting local development processes

Activities

Within the JRCEP format, the main activities include:

  • Outreach and formation of Local Community Committees
  • Awareness-raising, training and capacity building
  • Community profiling and identification of development projects
  • Co-operative registration and legalization
  • Implementation of projects

The desired outcome of such a process with each community is a sustainable project administered by a local community through the democratically elected administrative committee of the cooperative.

Guiding Principles

Community Participation

In all JRCEP projects, traditional and private sector leaders, community-based organization members and local government officials are involved in identifying challenges facing their community and ways to resolve them.  Project design, ownership mechanisms, legalization and community contributions all involve broad community participation. 

Community, government and private sector stake-holders work together to achieve the most effective and transparent use of natural and human resources in project activities. 

Sustainability:

The JRCEP’s vision for sustainability is built upon community ownership and fostering technical and transparent management skills among project beneficiaries.  With support from JRF’s Capacity Building and Business Development Unit (CBBDS), project leadership and community members acquire skills needed in all phases of implementation to enable them to manage and expand the impact of their activities.

The JRCEP strives to stimulate creative solutions to age-old constraints to development by maximizing limited natural resources (for example arable land and water) and strengthening local traditions. In the Rural Community Cluster Development Program (RCCDP), this has included growing almonds (Madaba), raising camels (Wadi Araba), creating wool products (Badia), and enhancing food production (Ajloun). This commitment to innovation is directly shaped by environmental considerations, in order to contribute to positive sustainable development in Jordan.

Economic Opportunities

By creating permanent and temporary employment, circulating resources in local communities and encouraging entrepreneurial initiatives, the JRCEP contributes to increased economic opportunities in Jordan. Over the years, the Bani Hamida project has employed hundreds of women and currently provides approximately 450 with part-time work in the spinning, weaving and dyeing of wool. The JRCEP also strengthens the private sector by securing goods and services from local vendors and introducing new technologies, such as the mechanical green fodder units for Jordanian production. Additionally, the JRCEP helps to build positive and transparent relations between such businesses and local communities.

JRCEP interventions fall into the following categories:

  • Comprehensive Rural Development
  • Women Economic Empowerment
  • Youth Empowerment
  • CBO Empowerment
  • Strategy, Advocacy and Consultancies