As part of their community service and Youth Organizing Program, Ruwwad Tafileh youth launched 15 initiatives in the areas of tourism in marginalized areas, arts for children and adolescents, voluntary work and best utilization of resources.
In partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), Ruwwad reached more than 330 children engaged in different forms of child labor in East Amman, and worked on rehabilitating 150 children affected by child labor. Males and females of different nationalities (Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Egyptians) were admitted back to schools through the direct enrollment and remedial programs which are supported by the psychosocial and cultural programs initiatives for school dropouts.
Awareness, education, better parenting, empathetic listening, joy of reading and legal accountability were the tactics of Al Jana campaign. Twenty-one women were trained in child safety and protection, who in turn reached out and educated 500 mothers, teachers and youth. This community organizing effort was led by community volunteers who gave 1097 hours to enforce child safety education at homes, and in schools and neighborhoods in East Amman.
Ruwwad held its first children’s art exhibition, “For the Love of Art,” which showcased the artwork of 50 children who took part in the creative arts workshop in Jabal Al Natheef. Ruwwad remains committed to creating a creative space for arts education in marginalized communities.
The day marked the closing of another chapter in Ruwwad’s life, during which 50 youth were able to build their knowledge and skills and access gainful employment or initiate their own businesses while continuing to be engaged in shaping their lives and contributing to their community.
Under the theme “Taraheeb Al Bedu” (Arabic for “Bedouin Welcoming Chants”), Ruwwad’s Day 2017 marked 10 years of Ruwwad’s presence in Al Beidha, facilitated through its partnership with the Ammarin Bedouin Camp and Al Beidha Cooperative Association. The day was organized by Al Beidha’s youth scholars and included Bedouin poetry, local food, history of the archeological village and “Samer” songs.
The journey to southern Jordan is not easy. Although in ancient times Tafileh was called Di Tifilos, “the land of the vineyards,” it is no longer boasts fertile terrain. With a total population of 85,000, the majority of whom are below the age of 25, Tafileh remains an underdeveloped part of Jordan’s south.