Following JRF’s work in the southern Ghor area through the implementation of the Poverty Pockets Project in Ghor Al-Mazra’a; it was duly noted that there was a need for projects to empower youth, specifically targeting youth centers. Based on this finding, JRF has since worked in partnership with relevant stakeholders at the district level, in an initiative to jointly identify the needs and priorities of the area pertaining to youth and their surrounding environment. This initiative is funded by the MoPIC, and by way of it, JRF has successfully put a youth empowerment process into practice, which has contributed to enhancing the socio-economic status of youth.
In terms of funding, since implementation, JRF has leveraged additional funding from the Potash Company to further augment its role in the development of the Southern Ghor district. This funding has directly supported the provision of a bus complex in Ghor Al Safi with shades and water closets, and it has also provided backing for other youth friendly services in the area. JRF signed the agreement for collaboration with the Potash Company on November 20, 2011, and implementation is currently underway.
Achievements include the following:
Participatory Planning: In March 2009, JRF held a strategic planning workshop in Ghor Al Safi Youth Center for 49 individuals, 13 of whom were females. Participants included representatives from local communities, CBOs and youth entities. Following the workshop, 20 youth volunteers took the lead in coordinating project activities.
Capacity Building: A total of 15 training courses were conducted for 320 youth, of whom 76 were female. These courses focused on ICDL, marketing and other topics.
Civic Engagement: Four voluntary initiatives were conducted to encourage civic engagement by youth in the area. A total number of 600 youth participated in these initiatives, but one of the Initiatives - Khoth bi Yadi, showed outstanding results, where participating youth tutored and helped secondary school students pass their exams.
Support of Infrastructure Services for Youth and the Local Community by:
- Establishing a playing field in Ghor Al Mazra’a and handing it over to the Southern Ghor Municipality.
- Providing the Higher Youth Council with a bus to offer better and safer transportation for youth in the district, and guarantee their participation in different youth activities and events.
- Providing the Southern Ghor Municipality with a bus, in cooperation with the Arab Potash Company.
- Renovating Ghor Al Mazra’a youth club and supplying it with the required sports equipment.
- Providing Ghor Al Safi Youth Center with eight computers and six air conditioning units.
- Enhancing Entrepreneurship: Through the endowment of two revolving loan portfolios for Ghor Al Mazra’a and Ghor Al Safi youth Clubs, 97 youth beneficiaries, of whom 65 are female, have started their own small businesses.