I was empowered by Jordan River Foundation’s training and worked hard to change, leading my father to change too”"
I was empowered by Jordan River Foundation’s training and worked hard to change, leading my father to change too”"
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."
I was shy and had few friends; today I am blessed with many friends within my community."
“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."
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."
I liked to practice what I learned at home, and I had no idea that my brothers and sisters were learning too."
The training I received on Basic life Skills, Leadership Skills and volunteering have enriched my teen years and developed my personality."
My dream is to start my own business one day soon."
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."
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"
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."
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."
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."
I would have had no future if it wasn’t for the program and the support of the Jordan River Foundation."
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"
I lived my childhood in KSA, I had no idea what the word “volunteer” meant until I became one."
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."
I never thought that this experience will change me into a complete different person."
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."
My parents, who opposed the idea at the beginning, recognize the new me and encouraged my twin brother to join."
JRF has transformed me into a Super Citizen"
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.”"
I knew that this project can change my life... I met many people and have more self-confidence."
Inside us is a new feeling that we haven’t experienced before, the feeling of true citizenship and responsibility towards ourselves and our community”"
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."
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."
We were determined to find the space in our compounded school building, and with humble resources we agreed to renovate the old storage."
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."
My work with JRF and in the complex enriched my experience and my university studies; it is truly the ultimate prize."
The beacon that guides the residents towards one goal for the benefit of all."
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"
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."
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."
In University, am not Abu Sakher or the head of an association, am just a regular student and my daughter’s colleague."
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."
My life has changed completely."
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."
I want to be popular like other girls in my class”, she complains “why is this happening to me?"
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."
QRFCC provides programs that empower youth, strengthen their sense of identity, increase their awareness, enhance their skills and activate their role and participation in their communities and in society as a whole.
Noting the lack of leadership training programs for youth in Jordan and the dire need of Jordanian youth for such training programs, JRF developed the “Youth Leadership Program” (YLP) in 2009. The Program strives to build and enhance leadership skills among youth through comprehensive and complementary theoretical and practical exercises, focusing on the skills needed to plan and execute community projects.
YLP targets youth from various universities across the Kingdom, ages 18-24, and aims to empower them and enhance their leadership skills. Potential candidates of the Program pass through a competitive application process and upon advancing to the training program; youth participate in a Leadership Training Camp. This training program maintains a highly participatory approach throughout the various sessions, and uses several training methods including brainstorming, case studies, worksheets, team work, individual work and role play. Moreover, the training program is characterized as being extremely challenging and competitive, and upon completion, youth participate in planning, coordination and mobilization efforts in preparation for the Youth Summer Voluntary Program (YSVP) and other youth led initiatives carried out by QRFCC.
An average of 150 youth volunteers from different parts of Amman take part in QRFCC’s annual YSVP. These youth identify a particular community services project that they design, lead and implement. In 2006, the program renovated two public parks and three public schools in eastern Amman, and in 2007 five public schools were renovated in eastern Amman (schools identified in the Safe Schools project at QRFCC), in addition to two schools in Wadi Araba, in the South.
The Program’s results were multifold: youth were empowered, strong links were forged with the local community, parks and schools for the families and children of local communities were renovated, and a vision for moving on to other Jordanian communities through youth involvement and participation was created.
In addition to the above programs, QRFCC also implements the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), which targets adolescent cognitive development and natural community protection among vulnerable youth. The Program also teaches civic responsibility practices and community commitment among vulnerable adolescents through at least 12 cohorts of adolescents ages 12-17.
These youth cohorts consist of no less than 10 participants who meet regularly for a 16 week period, during which they receive training on life skills and communication and engage in constructive dialogue regarding social responsibility and cultural awareness.
Adolescents also partake in community project development. Projects are designed and implemented by these cohorts that address identified needs within their communities and promote positive images of their country.
Embedded within the training program is a series of practical activities that the adolescents engage in, which aim to translate theoretical concepts into skills that the adolescents can use in real life situations.
Examples of activities include but are not limited to the following;
Through its work, QRFCC identified a greater need for resources and programs to be mobilized for female youth. According to a participatory rapid appraisal survey that was conducted by QRFCC staff in Jabal Al Nasser in October 2004, more than 70% of young girls dropped out of school by the age of 16. The conservative mindset of many of their families and the lack of social and recreational outlets restrict the exposure, participation and development of this target group. Girls end up helping their mothers with domestic duties and taking care of their younger siblings or other family members, which is regarded as training to prepare them for marriage, as the average age for marriage among these girls is 19.
During the work of several focus groups with young girls in Jabal Al Nasser, participants expressed an eagerness to learn, to participate and to become active members within their families and in turn, in their communities. Focus groups with parents revealed acceptance of their daughters' participation, as long as the parents were aware of the activities carried out and that the implementation was conducted in a safe environment. The outcomes of this activity have led the CSP to develop programs for young girls as a first step towards a comprehensive and prolonged strategy for youth.
QRFCC dedicates specific social and functional programs for young girls in this and other communities, who drop-out of school, lack informal educational opportunities and have limited opportunities to participate actively in their communities. These programs aim to empower young girls and to enhance their competencies and skills by increasing their self awareness, confidence, participation and contribution to their families, communities and the society at large. The programs are believed to provide young girls with a basis which ultimately paves the way for the development of empowered and capable young girls who are equipped with the appropriate and sufficient skills to seek higher education and consequently employment.