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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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 am so grateful for your help, I have talked to my mother about what I am experiencing and she has been very supportive since

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    Suha, 13 - JRF 110 Helpline beneficiary
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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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    “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 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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    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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    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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    My life has changed completely.

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    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer 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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    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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    JRF has transformed me into a Super Citizen

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    Omar Al Manzalawi - ‘Neighborhoods Enhancement Teams’ 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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    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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    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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    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

JRF Abroad

The Jordan River Foundation initiated an international registration process, and to date, the Foundation is officially registered in the United States as a 501(c)3 entity, and is also registered in France and the United Kingdom.  

International registration has established an extended network of supporters for JRF, and it has also encouraged donors and supporters to contribute to and collaborate with a locally registered and credible organization that complies with laws and regulations of their respective country, and provides supporters with access to incentives afforded by law.  All three international entities have had a positive impact in each of their respective country of registration, whether through high visibility events or the establishment of program-based partnerships.

JRF established international presence to cultivate new channels of cooperation that will essentially lead to enhanced JRF program implementation through the exchange of experiences, education and knowledge transfer, and the acquisition of funds.

The main areas of interest for our presence are:

Knowledge Transfer

JRF partnerships with international entities fosters an “exchange of experiences” methodology that is related to JRF’s development models for social and economic initiatives, in addition to collaboration on regional and international levels.

Advocacy

Organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the vital role they play in educating the general public and influencing decision makers in an effort to affect social and economic reform. JRF has been a “catalyst for change” through its policies and programs, and will continue to champion pressing issues for social and economic change in cooperation with local and international partners.

Education

A fundamental initiative that JRF will be championing is the establishment of educational links between childcare and family professionals in Jordan and their international counterparts. Additionally, JRF has made great progress in economic development models, and endeavors to promote this exchange of expertise and information related to community empowerment initiatives with international entities.

JRF Product Marketing and Promotion

The quality of JRF’s products and designs provides an excellent opportunity to develop new marketing and export channels for its products internationally.  This will lead to more employment opportunities and an increase in the level of income for Jordanian women living in rural communities. In support of this, JRF will continue to work towards identifying venues and partners who can and will promote the Foundation’s high-quality home accessories and handicrafts internationally.

Fundraising (events and program-based activities)

JRF continues to organize fundraising activities and acquire sponsorship in collaboration with international partners, in order to generate funding for the implementation of its programs.  JRF also continues to foster program-based partnerships with foundations, organizations and corporations in the United Kingdom, the United States and France.

The JRF Endowment Fund

The JRF Endowment Fund was established at a time when JRF was working towards becoming a self-sustainable organization that has access to its own sources of funding to facilitate the implementation of its programs and projects. This does not however infer that the Foundation will not continue to establish partnerships with stakeholders to facilitate projects, but endowment funds will allow the Foundation to provide financial support to its projects, as an alternative to depending wholly on donor support.

Apart from having access to funds through the endowment to leverage project implementation, these funds strengthen the position of the Foundation for the long-term stability of the organization, and from a donor perspective, and they also allow for a long-term investment on grants or donations made for project implementation.  Some advantages of establishing the JRF Endowment Fund include:

  • Providing more resources to perpetuate JRF’s mission
  • Using generated income to fund core expenses that project-based funding may overlook
  • Diversifying income and reducing dependency on external funding sources
  • Promoting long-term strategic and financial planning
  • Providing financial stability that benefits JRF by strengthening the Institution and its stakeholders, allowing focus on long-term planning objectives rather than on short-term goals
  • Serving as a catalyst for strategic and institutional adaptive qualities that can assist in responding to the needs of beneficiaries