I want to be popular like other girls in my class”, she complains “why is this happening to me?"
I want to be popular like other girls in my class”, she complains “why is this happening to me?"
My dream is to start my own business one day soon."
I never thought that this experience will change me into a complete different person."
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."
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"
I would have had no future if it wasn’t for the program and the support of the Jordan River Foundation."
I was empowered by Jordan River Foundation’s training and worked hard to change, leading my father to change too”"
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."
I liked to practice what I learned at home, and I had no idea that my brothers and sisters were learning too."
JRF has transformed me into a Super Citizen"
We were determined to find the space in our compounded school building, and with humble resources we agreed to renovate the old storage."
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.”"
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"
The beacon that guides the residents towards one goal for the benefit of all."
I was shy and had few friends; today I am blessed with many friends within my community."
Inside us is a new feeling that we haven’t experienced before, the feeling of true citizenship and responsibility towards ourselves and our community”"
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."
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."
“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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
In University, am not Abu Sakher or the head of an association, am just a regular student and my daughter’s colleague."
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"
My parents, who opposed the idea at the beginning, recognize the new me and encouraged my twin brother to join."
I knew that this project can change my life... I met many people and have more self-confidence."
I lived my childhood in KSA, I had no idea what the word “volunteer” meant until I became one."
The training I received on Basic life Skills, Leadership Skills and volunteering have enriched my teen years and developed my personality."
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."
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."
My work with JRF and in the complex enriched my experience and my university studies; it is truly the ultimate prize."
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."
My life has changed completely."
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."
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."
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."
With the launch of an independent child protection system spearheaded by JRF in 1997, Jordan became the first country in the region to address the tabooed topic of child abuse, by introducing a pioneering system - The National Family Protection System, which allows intervention in cases of abuse. The System assumed a multidisciplinary model aiming at holistically addressing the needs of cases reported within it. This model is manifested through the National Task Force for Family Protection that operates under the umbrella of the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA), which in and of itself represents sixteen governmental and non-governmental organizations working in various sectors related to the well-being of families.
As the first model for an Arab Family Protection System, national efforts have been rallied to ensure that it is built on a scientifically sound, as well as culturally appropriate model. Achievements since 1997 have been immense - a national framework for family protection which outlines the role of each organization concerned with domestic violence and child abuse has been developed and endorsed; a range of capacity building programs have been conducted; protocols and procedures have been developed within key organizations; and a national law on Family Protection has been sanctioned. Moreover, the Kingdom is party to more international human rights treaties than other countries in the region, and has taken steps to harmonize national laws with the requirements of these conventions.
Facts on Child Abuse in Jordan:
In 2010, the Family Protection Department (FPD) received a total of 8,605 cases; 15% of which were referred to governors, 61% were referred to social service offices, and the remaining 24% of cases were handled by the FPD.
Professionals agree that this number represents a small percentage of actual cases in Jordan. Furthermore, it is evident that the value of each type of abuse is also not accurately represented by the reporting, due to several variables related to the values Jordanians place on reporting on one hand, and the severity of the cases of abuse in connection with the burdens of reporting on the other hand (e.g. neglect is not considered by many Jordanians as an abuse to be reported as physical abuse).
According to a study that was conducted by UNICEF Jordan on “Violence against Children in Jordan”; (Elayyan, 2007) it was found that 50% of children are physically abused by family members and school teachers and administrators, while around one third are physically abused by neighborhood adults and children. With regards to sexual abuse, 2 to 7 children out of every 100 are sexually abused by family members and schools teachers and administrators.
The Jordan River Child Safety Program (JRCSP)
Since 1997, JRF has been working relentlessly to implement and achieve the goals of the Jordan River for Child Safety Program (JRCSP), and in turn secure children’s rights and safety and enhance positive child-rearing practices. JRCSP also strives to strengthen positive healthy interactions between family members, particularly with regards to nurturing children within the family - the basic building-block of society.
The prevention and intervention services provided by JRCSP are unique in terms of their holistic and integrated approach to tackling child abuse. In addition to provision of services, the Program acts as a “facilitator of change” and capacity builder at the national level.
JRCSP aims to: