Ruwwad Day 2014
‘A Jabal of Dreams | A Platform for Arts and Entrepreneurship’
Ruwwad Al Tanmeya and a group of Jabal Al Natheef residents in East Amman co-hosted on Saturday 7 June, 2014, hundreds of entrepreneurs, social and cultural activists, and community members at Al Heina residence’s garden, which served as a starting point for a tour of eight stations in the area encompassing residences’ gardens, alleyways and streets. The event aimed to promote social and cultural engagement among the area’s residents on the 4th Ruwwad Day, which was held this year under the slogan, ‘A Jabal of Dreams| A Platform for Arts and Entrepreneurship’.
A number of young Ruwwad scholars from the Mosab Khorma Youth Education and Empowerment Fund accompanied the attendees to the different stations. One of the most notable stations out of the 12 available ones on that day was entitled ‘A Souvenir from Our Families’, where several mothers showcased their homemade products. At Um Yousef’s garden, a group of children shared their dreams and aspirations for Jabal Al Natheef through an interactive presentation, after which, at Um Firas’ garden, several architects from the German Jordanian University co-presented with the Arini initiative the results of a study they conducted to assess Jabal Al Natheef’s living environment, and their suggestions for improving conditions at the Mohammad Amin Camp, which does not offer a safe environment for children and young adults and poses compounded problems for families.
The Ruwwad Day tour also featured interactive workshops at stations with the Bayt Silsal disabled youth and members of the Justice Center for Legal Aid, and the organizers of Zawayed initiative. In addition, attendees joined several discussions tackling the challenges that youth face, and the campaigns that the area’s families are leading to protect children from violence at home and in school.
Organized by Ruwwad Al Tanmeya on an annual basis, Ruwwad Day celebrates the social responsibility efforts of both citizens and private companies, and serves as a platform for communication that brings together local community members, entrepreneurs and social and cultural activists. Ruwwad Day was launched under the slogan ‘Ruwwad Journey’ in 2011, ‘The Harvest’ in 2012, and ‘Our Families’ Homes’ in 2013.