COLLATERAL REPAIR PROJECT
Filmed and edited for Collateral Repair Project, a small NGO in Amman, Jordan, highlighting their emergency assistance programs and community center for urban refugees from Iraq, Syria, and Sudan.
DISABILITY RIGHTS IN JORDAN
Campaigners in Jordan want to make the country an easier place to live for people with disabilities. But they are fighting against inaccessible terrain and negative attitudes. For AP TV.
SEED JORDAN (IN PROGRESS)
The SEED Project, implemented by the US Forest Service and funded by USAID, aims to rehabilitate the arid lands of Jordan's northern Badia region by cultivating native medicinal plants, harvesting the seeds, and outplanting. Decades of rapid population growth, armed conflict, and mismanagement of scarce water resources have taken their toll on the environment. But the plants help stop the spread of desertification, are useful to local people and animals for grazing, and it provides much-needed employment opportunities to the five women who run the daily operations at the Sabha Community Nursery.
HOW TO TEACH TABOOS IN JORDAN
Students in the Middle East face a number of stressors that other students around the world don't - displacement and trauma from war, economic worries on their parents and unemployment as young people enter the workforce. And some of these effects are compounded by cultural taboos that make it difficult to talk about these issues, among them physical and sexual abuse, which is almost always discussed in hushed whispers, never openly in a classroom. Monia Wahbeh wants to change that and is leading a training course for teachers at several schools in Amman, and hopes to expand the program into other Arab countries. She believes children as young as three need to be taught about their bodies and how to respect other people's bodies. "Instead, when one child touches another inappropriately, we tell him 'ayyib (shame!), we don't explain that these are private parts to help the child understand." She also gives instructors a number of teaching tools to help them understand what psychological issues the children might be facing, and help them to build self esteem, positive self-image, morals and ethics in decision-making, and helping them to become leaders.
THE KING OF THE BEAT
Amman's top beatboxers get together to talk about why alternative arts scenes are important, and under-appreciated, in Jordan. Being relatively new, beatboxing isn't recognized as a legitimate artform by older generations, but young performing artists have created their own community and organized an annual beatboxing competition, the King of the Beat.
SUDANESE REFUGEES IN AMMAN
There are about 3,000 Sudanese refugees living in Amman, Jordan, and many of them live in the Jabal Ashrafiyeh neighborhood in the eastern part of the city. Without the right to work and with the majority of humanitarian aid focused on Syrian refugees, Sudanese people have felt neglected and ignored. In fact, in late 2015, hundreds demonstrated in a month-long sit-in outside the UNHCR offices - ultimately ending in the mass deportation of 800 asylum-seekers back to Khartoum.
For the community still in Amman, food voucher programs from groups like Collateral Repair Project are a vital lifeline, even if the amount is small: each family receives a voucher worth 25 JD ($35 USD) each month. It's barely enough to purchase the basics - for the rest, people rely on a mixture of one-off donations, possibly aid from other organizations, and income from under-the-table jobs to make ends meet. For many though, this is the only assistance they receive each month.