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.
Amman, Karak, Ma'an, Aqaba, Mafraq
Funded by: UNHCR
Offering protection, support and empowerment services for women, youth and children (Jordanians and Syrian refugees) across host communities by developing skills and knowledge in child safety, case management support and community empowerment, in partnership with a number of charities and associations.
Selling chewing gum on the streets of Amman took its toll on 12-year-old “J,” and the physical abuse he suffered from street bullies conjured up flashbacks of a warring Syria he had left behind. Skipping school more often to make a living meant that education was no longer a priority. Dodging the bullying also meant that he had to run recklessly, eventually leading him to be hit by a car. Following several assessment sessions at the Queen Rania Family and Child Center, “J” and his mother underwent a series of intervention activities. The child was later referred to 911’s Family Protection Unit. Today, “J” is off the streets and back in school, and is constantly showing signs of improved psychological wellbeing.
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