Jordan River Foundation (JRF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1995 with a focus on child safety and community empowerment. It has been a major player in Jordan’s social and economic development, bringing forth over 20 years of experience to local community empowerment and child safety. JRF has also been supporting homegrown solutions that engage Jordanians and help them address local challenges. Most importantly, JRF places the wellbeing of children at the center of its development initiatives.
Following years of working in the field, Duaa (24), a Hydroponics graduate, was adamant to find a way to help advocate for fair pay and equal access to job opportunities for women in agriculture. Duaa started a training center to empower women working in the industry, particularly in Hydroponics. The center offers training in workforce readiness, technical know-how and employability skills. Her project was supported by a grant under the ORDUN MOBTAKIR challenge.
"We need to believe that nothing is impossible. Youth should tackle social problems through innovative and unconventional initiatives."
"The house of glass means constructive quality time to me!"
"One of the most important things my children learnt was self-expression. It is in large part due to Beit Sgheer that my children broke the barrier between us, and they started sharing their concerns with me with ease transformative experience for me at the center, it changed our lives. It was a I strongly urge all mothers to send their children to Beit Sgheer, as it will help them build a model family and a child that is aware of both their right and duties towards society."
"I always thought that a father’s sole job is providing for his children, and his work ends once all their needs have been met. Through this workshop I discovered that I have a much bigger role in my children’s lives, and I insisted on changing myself. Their ambitions and emotions are my and their mother’s responsibility, and we have thankfully begun to make some changes. Now I hold my children and it is the most beautiful feeling on the planet."
"The Better Parenting Project transformed my life as a mother, and it became an integral part of my daily life. Community members, both parents and children, in the northern regions of the Jordan Valley consider me their counsellor in case they need support dealing with their children. Both the parents and their children trust me, this has been the one true success in my life, and it pales in comparison with other projects I have done."
"Zeid and I have been living as family for a year and a half. I try to organize my time between my job and my home to create suitable living conditions for him, to provide him with a decent life, and to ensure that he grows up in a healthy family environment. When I see Zeid I see the future. I will work hard to give him the best education so that he succeeds in his life.I can’t get enough of him calling me “mama” every single day, and I have grown so attached to him.Zeid truly helped me realize my full potential."
"I was never able to conceive children of my own, and my husband has died. But now this child has come along and turned my life around."
"This was a truly unique experience, we had to come up with a concept for an initiative, plan it, and implement it. Participating in this project made us feel responsible for our community."
"I am proud to have participated in this project, it became a turning point in local community work, and it added so much to my personal and professional knowledge. I can now turn my ideas into reality, and I recognize my role in my community."
“I forged my way through a career in sportswear 23 years ago. The journey was nothing less than intimidating, but the establishment of a factory in 2000 pushed me to the forefront; gaining the trust and admiration of Jordan’s major private schools, including the King's Academy. Entrepreneurship is one of the most rewarding experiences in life.”
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