Sahab Community Development Centre
The Sahab CDC was established in 1993, and targets all populated areas in the East of Amman governorate. The centre focuses the majority of its programs on women, children, and youth. The CDC aims to promote gender equality through the Creative Skills Project, which uses theatre as a means of promoting equality, and the “I Have a Story” program, which provides an outlet for girls to share their stories of discrimination and violence. Local young people are also able to take part in the Basic Life Skills program, which offers key skills training to all young people that require it.
The demographics of many of the areas local to Sahab have changed dramatically in recent years as a result of the ongoing refugee crisis. As a result, many of the CDC’s programs aim to bring Syrian and Jordanian communities together. The Generations for Peace program and other initiatives aim to promote mutual understanding between refugee and host communities, whilst also providing assistance for the most vulnerable refugee families. The CDC also works with key partners and national projects to provide mobility aids and physiotherapy services to mostly Syrian beneficiaries in the area.
Manager: Maysoun Daboubi
Address: Western Sahab - Civil Defense Centre Street.
Telephone: 00962 6 4023850
Nuzha Community Development Centre
JOHUD’s CDC in Nuzha provides services to community members in the districts of Jabal al Nuzha, Marka, Hussein Camp, and other underprivileged areas in East Amman. The Nuzha CDC largely focuses on empowering women and increasing their social and economic participation through training. Local women have been trained to help with social problems endemic to impoverished urban areas through the “Active Citizenship” program, which advises women on the ways to identify and deal with drug addiction and aerosol abuse. Local women have also been trained to manage water consumption and ease water shortage problems as part of JOHUD’s national efforts to conserve water.
The Nuzha CDC also provides education and awareness-raising programs to help the community solve local social and economic problems. Educational programs help young people learn basic life skills to improve their employability and success, and community programs help ease communal tensions between refugees and local Jordanians. The “I Have a Story” program also provides local girls with the opportunity to discuss important issues related to abuse and violence through the medium of film.
Manager: Najwa Bdour
Address: Behind Istiklal Mall, Jabal Al-Nuzha
Telephone: 0775607638 / 065697587
The Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID)
The Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID) was established in 1994 to provide training courses and to archive national, regional, and international human development knowledge and expertise. ZENID’s developmental expertise largely depends on the knowledge that its parent organisation, JOHUD, has accrued in its role as Jordan’s largest development organisation. Although this past experience is vital, the trainers and teachers at ZENID are also careful to remain up-to-date with other lessons and recent developments emerging from across the globe.
The institute aims to support and assist a variety of organisations and individuals, ranging from voluntary groups, governmental agencies, students, and youth groups, to women's societies and field practitioners. Through training, awareness raising, up-to-date information and consultations, ZENID provides those involved in development with the tools, techniques, and knowledge required to strengthen the development process.
The institute is comprised of the Social Development Training Centre and the Development Information Unit. Both components have access to ZENID’s excellent conference facilities, which hosts a number of major regional events, welcoming delegates from throughout the Middle East and beyond. Overall, the group and its experienced staff and partners take pride in its practical, hands-on, and innovative approach to training and information-sharing.
Address: Northern Hashemi
Telephone: 00962 6 505 2431
The Princess Basma Youth Resource Centre
The 1995 UN International Conference for Women marked an important milestone for gender issues and the women's movement. The Beijing Platform for Action was issued as a result of that conference and called for the establishment of national mechanisms to promote and advocate for women's issues. The Jordanian delegation was headed by HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal and put forward the idea of establishing a women's resource centre upon their return.
JOHUD had long been an advocate for female participation in development, and the Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute seemed a natural and obvious choice to house such an initiative. The Princess Basma Women's Resource Centre was established shortly after.
The PBWRC rapidly gained recognition for its work on gender, reproductive health, and women's political participation, through workshops and training programmes that were conducted throughout the country. Over the course of a few years however, it became increasingly clear that promoting women's rights meant addressing the gender roles of both men and women, with positive change depending on both.
Young people throughout the world are often catalysts for change, and in Jordan, where 50% of the population is under the age of 28, they are essential to Jordan's development process. This, and the fact that the work of the Women's Resource Centre depended on growing numbers of young volunteers (both male and female) resulted in a decision to change the organisation’s name to the Princess Basma Youth Resource Centre in 2002.
The PBYRC's mission is to promote the active role of youth in society by encouraging their participation in the development process. The organisation provides a supportive outlet for young people to express their opinions, giving them the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to their communities.
Through its various activities, including debate clubs, theatre groups and youth-led initiatives, the PBYRC enhances youth civic engagement in the development process. The PBYRC facilitates youth technical training sessions and links qualified young people to employment opportunities in the labour market through three Employability Centres located across Jordan (in Irbid, Mafraq and Sahab).
The PBYRC mostly focuses on civic engagement, youth economic empowerment, and environmental awareness. The PBYRC also works closely with JOHUD's Media and Communications Centre, which oversees 3 Intel Computer Clubhouses, the Farah Al Nas community radio station, and the Media for Development Unit.
Director: Mohammad Al-Amoush
Address: Northern Hashemi
Telephone: 00962 6 505 2431
Al-Raja' School for Special Education
JOHUD places a special emphasis on the needs of children, including children with special needs. In 1983, JOHUD founded the first school for the deaf in Jordan, and it currently maintains classes from the first to the twelfth grade. The school continues to develop and update their methods in order to not only reach out to their students, but also to be a place where specialized methodologies and modern techniques are available for use as a reference. Students and teachers use sign language, lip reading, and a study of body language to communicate, and the school works hard to improve the students’ ability to communicate and integrate with their peers. The school has become a leader on a national and regional level, making use of an educational philosophy based on total communication, and focusing on developing teaching and learning processes that are adapted to the specific needs of each student.
Social Support Centre
The Social Support Centre was established in 2008 to serve working children by providing them with education, psychosocial, and recreational services. The centre features a unique creative room that allows children and young people to express themselves in a variety of mediums. Children are encouraged to share their stories and thoughts through music and voice recordings, storytelling, dolls, and theatrical presentations. The centre also has an excellent film club and 3D cinema, where children can use filmmaking to share stories and learn computing and technology skills.
A gym and sports centre has also been established, allowing both male and female students to direct their energies in a positive and healthy way. Exercise and activity sessions are held regularly to share and encourage the values of discipline and physical fitness.
Manager: Sireen Siuf
Beit al Bawadi
Beit al Bawadi makes and markets handcrafted ceramics. Drawing on the cultural heritage of the region for inspiration, skilled artisans in the Beit al Bawadi workshop create exquisite ceramic pieces that find their natural setting in any home, office or hotel lobby.
Manager: Diana Nabulsi
Address: Wadi Saqra
Telephone: 00962 6 539 0070