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This is what it means to support #myCommunity

Alexandra Jameson

As the world faces a moment of significant strain with regard to refugees, ARDD seeks to empower marginalized communities by giving them tools to understand their rights and become active members of civil society.

As an intern with ARDD, I have worked in the Political and Civic Participation Unit, helping organize the newly launched My Community Project. My Community promotes civic engagement among Syrian and Jordanian mothers and their children, providing them with knowledge to get involved in their communities and make constructive changes in their lives. I had the opportunity to help develop My Community project activities, and to assist in psychosocial support sessions that facilitate women’s empowerment. Here I heard women speak about the challenges they face as refugees in accessing education, healthcare, justice and even covering their basic needs.

With our guidance, our incredible Change-Makers facilitated the My Community Project, and designed and lead the sessions. They have shown me the extraordinary work that ARDD has done through the ’Lana’ project, which taught them to become agents of change in their communities. Seeing participants from previous projects use the knowledge they gained to help others, shows how ARDD is promoting a renaissance of passions, skills and opportunities for marginalized communities to help themselves and one another.

The world’s refugee crises cannot be solved without engaging individuals and communities, making organizations like ARDD critical. For those who choose to help, it is mandatory to understand the complexity of the situation on the ground. The understanding that I gained from my work with ARDD will guide me as I commit my life to resolving the problems facing the region.

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