Project information

The Family Centre in Sahaab, Jordan

Our vision is to empower the women and children of Sahaab area to develop their full potential in a safe and encouraging environment.

We provide classes and activities that are affordable to families and provide the same services to the low income families through community scholarships.

March 2009 - December 2015

Charity information: RED International

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  • Need

    Need

    Rapid industrialization has put the city of Sahaab on the national map but has also left many of the 65,000 residents of Sahaab behind. According to 2008 statistics, the families of Sahaab still suffer from a 12.3% unemployment rate with 14.2% of the people living in poverty. As a result, the women and children of Sahaab have very few opportunities to pursue the development of marketable skills or participate in simple life-enhancing leisure activities.

    Solution

    We provide classes and activities that are affordable to families and provide the same services to the low income families through community scholarships.
    The project will empower the women and children of Sahaab to develop their full potential in a safe and encouraging environment.
    Their husbands and fathers are offered classes and activities during the evening. These are directed at their social and occupational needs, thus enriching their contributions to the families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empower rural women professionally

    Activities

    » Classes for women including English and cooking

    Success will be ... Improving their financial situation


    Aim 2

    Empower rural women socially

    Activities

    » Classes for women including aerobics and art

    Success will be...Improving their family's life with healthy habits


    Aim 3

    Empower rural children academically

    Activities

    » Classes for children including English, art, music and sports

    Success will be...Enhanced self confidence and English


    Aim 4

    Empower rural children socially

    Activities

    » Montessori kindergarten

    Success will be...English above the level of other grade one children


  • Impact

    Impact

    Ladies participating will experience enhanced confidence and increase their English proficiency or skills in the area of study.
    Ladies participating will have increased self confidence. They will take their newly acquired knowledge and apply it to improving their family's life.
    Young English students will experience enhanced confidence and increase their English proficiency or creative ability.
    Children will have an acceptable level of fine motor skills, English & enhanced self confidence.

    Risk

    The primary risk is the potential for our volunteer staff to be denied entry visas hindering the work of the Family Centre. Although we are in good standing with the communities amongst whom we work, 50% of our staff are foreigners on temporary visas. With this always comes the possibility of visa problems.
    We have minimised this risk by fostering a strong relationship with the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development through joint projects and personal relationships.

    Reporting

    The Family Centre publishes quarterly progress reports including updated information about finances, achievements, the status of programmes, and goals for the next quarter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £33,633

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,108 Kindergarten Costs Kindergarden Costs
      £2,847 English Classes Cost of running English Classes
      £6,293 Women’s Activities Aerobics, art, cooking, etc
      £3,339 Special Needs Rehab Special needs Costs
      £10,046 Operational costs rent, national staff salaries, administration

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Fees £6,800 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    Sahaab was originally a commercial centre for the Bedouins in the region. In recent years it has grown to an industrial city with a population of 65,000. According to 2008 statistics, the families of Sahaab still suffer from a 12.3% unemployment rate with 14.2% of the people living in poverty.

    Beneficiaries

    The primary beneficiaries are the women and children of Sahaab and surrounding villages.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our preferred partner Operation Mercy’s commitment to embracing the culture and language of our host community makes them the best organization to carry out this project. All of our foreign staff members live in the village of Sahaab and have reached proficiency in the Arabic language. Even though the Family Centre is only two years old, our Family Centre Director has lived with her family in a neighbouring village for the past eight years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Adele Hermiston

    Adele is the founder and director of the Family Centre. She and her family have lived in and served the community of Sahaab for almost a decade.

    Wendy Hoogstrata

    Wendy is the supervisor of the Kindergarten programme at the Family Centre. She organizes the programme, teaches classes and helps local teachers.

    Jeane Nunes

    Jeane is a full time volunteer who spearheads our life enhancement programmes to women. She teaches aerobics, cooking, art and provides counselling.

    Buthayna

    She is a local young lady who has a passion for her community. She now volunteers, teaching English classes for Bedouin youth