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.
Activities and interventions provided by JRF’s community centers focus on two pillars: family and child safety, and economic empowerment. To this end, JRF has established branches for two of its community centers across Jordan: the Queen Rania Family and Child Center (QRFCC), and the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Community Empowerment Center (QRCEC). Both centers serve as hubs and case study labs to help launch new program ideas. They work in partnership and in coordination with local communities and institutions across Jordan, while engaging public and private organizations in a series of development projects aimed at empowering individuals, families and communities.
QRFCC offers a series of child-focused projects including Beit Zgheer; a socio-spacial initiative aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness of key concepts pertaining to protection from child abuse. Beit Zgheer consists of a small house, and a park overlooking a popular neighborhood where children are introduced to key survival concepts including traffic safety and dealing with strangers. The project also aims to reinforce secrecy and anonymity to encourage children to talk about and discuss sensitive issues related to abuse. It’s an educational microcosm resonating with real world situations and challenges, and is a hub for advocating key social concepts that go beyond children’s rights to include topics like personal hygiene, personal space and emotional intelligence. Other QRFCC initiatives include a series of activities in art therapy, sports, and edutainment.
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