My Community – Continuing to Build Bridges through social cohesion projects in Sahab
ARDD is happy to announce that we have successfully implemented our third My Community session in Sahhab on October 6, 2016. Building on the successes of the previous two sessions, we are continuing to strive for improved social cohesion and to build bridges between refugees and the host community.
Roughly half of the Syrian population has been forced to flee the country as a result of the ongoing crisis with neighboring countries currently hosting the vast majority of refugees. Many refugees have found temporary homes in certain communities in Jordan but difficulties in accessing in limited resources and services often results in distrust and tension between the refugees and host community. Increased poverty and economic hardship has also forced more children into work when they should be enrolled in school. The My Community Project attempts to address these problems using weekly sessions that bring together Syrian and Jordanian mothers and children to establish links and facilitate collaboration between them in order to work together to lower tensions within the community.
The main components of the project are as follows:
- To create a safe space for the children for artistic and creative expression and to improve their communication skills through dialogue and collaboration.
- To provide the mothers with psychosocial support sessions and increased legal awareness by informing them of their own rights and the Jordanian legal system.
- To bring together both the mothers and children and provide them with a space to learn about civic engagement together and for them to start to plan their own initiatives based on their ideas of what they want their community to look like.
The project is made possible through the generous funding provided by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). The first session took place in May 2016, and the final session will be on the 31 October 2016.