Equal Opportunity Initiative
ANNUAL REPORT 2012
ENGLISH LIVE 14 English LIVE programs, sponsored by the HSBC Bank, were held in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for underprivileged youth under their care. This innovative training program is designed to build self-confidence, boost communication skills and equip participants with needed English language skills and etiquette that can open up opportunities to ensure future success in their lives.
BULLYPROOF LITTLE WARRIORS A self-defense and anti-bullying program for 25 orphan boys who attended 18 classes of 90 minutes each, playing an essential role in teaching them discipline while at the same time boosting their confidence. The program curriculum was constructed by selfdefense experts, with classes taught by International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champions.
EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER Opened under the patronage of the Minister of Social Development, the Educational Development Center (EDC) is located in Jordanâ€™s largest juvenile detention center and includes a computer lab, an Arabic and English library and knowledge station. The goal of the EDC is to educate and empower the regular influx of marginalized youth by providing free access to educational resources and technology â€“ tools which will strengthen the capacity of the boys to engage their futures more effectively in the economic and social domains.
ARTS DAY 44 orphan children participated in dancing, art and singing workshops. This unique opportunity provided these children with a chance to recognize the critical role of artists in cultural advancement, and to enhance and promote their skills. Lunch and gifts all added to a wonderful day of fun and learning to remember.
MOTHERâ€™S DAY Ladies from rural areas who have overcome the challenges of cultural barriers and are supporting their family and community through handicrafts were honored for Motherâ€™s Day by visiting the Dead Sea for lunch, relaxation and gifts.
EXCURSIONS Children gathered for fun with our volunteer team at the cinema, enjoying ‘fun stations’ including games, face painting, balloon bending and arts and crafts before enjoying a 3D movie. Hearing the sounds of excitement and seeing smiles left our volunteers feeling honored to give these children an experience that they’ll never forget.
VOLUNTEER TEAM A youth volunteer celebration and teambuilding event was held in honor of their achievements, with all enjoying lunch and hotel amenities in celebration of the milestone successes of 2011. Our volunteer team shares in the successes of 54 events organized for over 4,000 marginalized children, making a measurable difference for those in need.