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

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    Madeline and Maram - “Safe Room” Project
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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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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 liked to practice what I learned at home, and I had no idea that my brothers and sisters were learning too.

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    Mohammad, 19 - Youth Career Initiative beneficiary
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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.     

    "
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    My life has changed completely.

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    Abdulateef - Youth Volunteer Summer 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    “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 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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    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 lived my childhood in KSA, I had no idea what the word “volunteer” meant until I became one.

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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
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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 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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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.

Queen Rania joins discussion on JRF youth development strategy

Date: 
Mon, 2014-03-17

 

Queen Rania joins discussion on JRF youth development strategy
 
Amman, Mar 16 (Petra) – Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah today joined 120 youths from across the Kingdom who are all active participants in various programs run by the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) in a discussion to outline the foundation’s strategic youth development plan for the next 5 years.

The discussion, held at the King Hussein Youth City, is the first of many activities planned for the future that will include the involvement of local institutions in both the public and the private sector. The aim of these activities is to build a comprehensive strategy for youth development that can be implemented by all constituents of the community so as to achieve the best results based on the opinions, ideas, and initiatives of Jordanian youth.

Her Majesty told the participants how important their opinions are due to the fact that they all face challenges and thus have a big role in identifying priorities. She asserted the importance of their participation in the process of drawing, not just implementing future plans.

Queen Rania had the chance to talk with participants at the workshop as they were split into different groups for discussion. The first group, under the title of "How I think", focused on the youth’s perception of the community and the various stakeholders. This group focused on how youths interact with these different components from their vantage point.

In another group, titled "Me and My Community", participants were asked to create their own community based on dialogue. Group members prepared a list of strengths and weaknesses to help identify relevant institutions of authority and their importance in their imagined community.

A group titled "I am able to change" looked into how youth can contribute to their communities and also discussed the various societal institutions that can help them achieve and implement change.

All group discussions aimed to showcase the ideas and issues of most relevance and importance from the perspective of the youth as well as to shed light onto viable solutions that could be implemented across Jordanian governorates.

The discussions also served as a platform for receiving feedback from the youth, that would ultimately help JRF develop adaptable solutions. This reasserts the notion that JRF does not think on behalf of the youth when developing their programs, but instead makes them an active ingredient in the planning process as well.

JRF General Director, Ghaleb Qudah, said that the youth development strategy of the foundation for the upcoming 5 years will focus on strengthening communication and networking between more than 22,000 Jordanian youths across the Kingdom.

As part of the strategy, JRF will also establish groups in each governorate who will work on finding solutions to local challenges, allowing youth to take a crucial role in the development process and endowing them with the platform for making decisions relevant to issues that affect them, their lives, and communities.

As well, the strategy being devised aims to include youths in issues and programs dealing with child protection, as well as involve them in civil and economic participation, employment, and extracurricular activities. Another objective of the strategy is to engage the youth by providing them with spaces for dialogue and interaction, empowering them with skills demanded by the job market, enabling them for brighter futures.

The selection of the participants in the workshop was based on their level of activity and effectiveness in their own communities as well as their ability to clearly present their ideas for programs and initiatives. All of the youths participating in the workshop had contributed their support to JRF programs for a period not less than three years.

The two-day workshop focused on generating ideas and activities pertinent to the development of a clear work plan for the youth of JRF. On the third day, participants showcased their results based on insights and suggestions provided by the youth in order to arrive at tangible and realistic ideas for implementation.

//Petra//SS 
16/3/2014 - 05:55:02 PM