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#MyCommunity: Countdown to Phase II

Alexandra Jameson

In one week, ARDD will begin implementing a new phase of My Community Project aimed to empower teens and their mothers. With regards to ARDD’s commitment to actively contribute as a civil society organization to a just and stable society free of inequity and conflict, and in continued partnership with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the new phase of My Community Project strives to provide Syrian refugees and Jordanians from host communities with strong resilience mechanisms and tools to thrive as active members of their communities. Additionally, the project supports the psycho-social wellbeing and legal knowledge of the participants, which gives increases their access to justice and access to their rights.

Launching on Monday, July 18th, My Community Project’s “Summer Camp” will focus on the promotion of social cohesion with teenagers between the ages of 11 and 16. This summer camp will take place in Zarqa once a week, where the teens will participate in an art workshop designed to develop a collaborative atmosphere and enhance the teens’ self confidence and expression for the first two hours, while their mothers attend psychosocial and legal sessions. Subsequently, two hours will be dedicated to civic engagement sessions focused on providing the teens and their mothers a greater understanding of active community engagement while working towards developing their own community initiatives.

The outcomes of these sessions link directly to the main objectives of My Community Project as a whole, which hopes to bridge societal gaps as well as enable women and children from Jordanian host communities and Syrian refugees to become more assertive and effective communicators in their communities by enhancing their social and legal capabilities.

 

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