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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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    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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    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 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
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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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    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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    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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    We were determined to find the space in our compounded school building, and with humble resources we agreed to renovate the old storage.

    "
    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 lived my childhood in KSA, I had no idea what the word “volunteer” meant until I became one.

    "
    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer Project
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    I liked to practice what I learned at home, and I had no idea that my brothers and sisters were learning too.

    "
    Mohammad, 19 - Youth Career Initiative beneficiary
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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    “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 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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    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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    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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    My life has changed completely.

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    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer Project
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

Southern Madaba Cluster

Southern Madaba Cluster

Southern Madaba Cluster: Back to the Roots: Madaba Governorate
Cluster Villages: Ash-Shuqayq, Adh-Dhuhayba, Barza
Community Type: Rural
Location. The Madaba Cluster is located in the southern part of Madaba Governorate, 35 km from Madaba City, and approximately 65 km south of the capital Amman.

Description. The cluster is situated at an altitude of 740 meters above sea level. The geography is varied, but consists mostly of agricultural plains, which lie between the mountains and the Jordan Rift Valley. The area receives an average of 300 mm of rainfall annually. The land is cultivated with various crops, such as olives, grapes, fruit trees, as well as wheat. The cluster’s area is 5,228 hectares, with Barza constituting the largest area (4,500 hectare), and Ash-Shuqayq the most populated (800 inhabitants). The total cluster population is 1,672 inhabitants.

Problems and Challenges Facing the Area

  • There are no public transport systems that reach the cluster. The closest public bus stop is located in Dhiban town, which is about 5 km away. Only a few residents own private cars.
  • The villages are connected to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation’s drinking water supply network. This supply is intermittent, and residents sometimes purchase supplementary supplies from tanker trucks.
  • There are a number of springs in the area, which residents use for farm irrigation. These springs are in need of renovation.
  • The three village municipalities collect household solid waste and transport it to the Dhiban Waste Dump, which is located 5 km from the villages. There are no recycling facilities at the Dump.
  • There is no proper liquid waste disposal system, and residents rely on septic tanks, which are emptied by hired trucks.
  • The cluster villages are served by a total of four schools, run by the Ministry of Education. The villages of Barza and Adh-Dhuhayba have only one mixed elementary school each. Older students have to attend the Secondary Schools located in Ash-Shuqayq.
  • The cluster area suffers from a lack of sufficient health care facilities, with few primary health centers available and no resident doctors. The nearest hospital is in Madaba City, about 35 km away.
  • The commercial sector is mainly comprised of small local retail shops. The lack of manufacturing activity and the limited commercial activity in the cluster reflects the lack of investment in these sectors.

Economic Problems

 

  • The cluster residents’ economic activity is mainly in public sector employment and agriculture. There is a high rate of dependence on the government for jobs (over 50%).
  • Residents engaged in agricultural activity face various problems. These problems are typical of rural communities:
    •  Agricultural production is low and production costs are high
    •  Increased competition from imported products
    •  The lack of proper marketing strategies

These factors lead to a rise in unemployment, lower family income and a subsequent decrease in standards of living for these residents.
Addressing the Local Needs of the Area

The community cluster in Southern Madaba is an area of Jordan that has significant poverty and a scarcity of arable land and water. While the area has an excellent climate and long tradition of almond tree cultivation, in recent years almond production has declined.  The RCCDP worked with the local community to rehabilitate 187 dunums of rocky and barely usable land to create a 6,000-tree almond orchard, a nursery and 10 greenhouses to produce income while the trees are maturing.

Reintroducing almonds in response to a strong domestic demand is only one of the success stories of this cluster. Transforming marginal land to a fully productive integrated farm created jobs and long-term economic empowerment for the local community.