NHF – Community Development Program
In partnership with the Noor Al Hussein Foundation
NHF’s Community Development Program employs an integrated and sustainable approach that empowers individuals by equipping them with the skills they need to effect change in their own lives and communities.
Through capacity building, business development services, loans and grants to establish income-generating projects (IGPs), as well as the creation of job opportunities at the grassroots level, we assist in reducing poverty and unemployment, and enable thousands of underprivileged people to increase their family incomes while improving their quality of life.
The Noor Al Hussein Foundation was founded in 1985 and is a non-profit NGO that makes a lasting, positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged people in Jordan. The foundation serves as the implementing arm of the King Hussein Foundation’s community development initiatives of which the Community Development Program (CDP) is one of its major and most widespread programs. The CDP is a national and regional development program aimed at improving the quality of life of underprivileged rural and urban communities.
This joint project focuses on improving the lives of children in nurseries and kindergartens in the impoverished villages of Jeizah and Al Muwaqar in the governorate of Amman, which are defined as poverty pockets that suffer from high unemployment and very poor economic conditions. The underlying idea is the philosophy and methodology of integrated community development approach which focus’s on empowering the community in all aspects of life; socially and economically.
Since the first five years hardwire a child’s brain for future learning, we believe in the importance of intervening at an early age of child development and therefore the overall goal of the project is to support, assist and improve the lives of children.
Equal access to good-quality early childhood education is essential to the healthy development of children and contribute to improving the quality of life, alleviating poverty, preventing ill-health and reducing inequities of access to other services.
The program provides the nurseries with essential items, including upgrading the depleted and non-existing educational and recreational tools and supplies. The aim is also to train and empower teachers on how to deal effectively with babies and children to the age of 6, as well as introduce the “Family Education for Early Childhood Development” program to teachers and parents. Parents participate is creating inexpensive toy-kits for their children, which in turn contributes to children’s healthy development and pre-school skills.
The specific objectives of the project include the following:
- To upgrade nursery and kindergarten resources with educational and recreational tools and supplies;
- To enhance the capacity of teachers to communicate effectively with children and detect child disabilities;
- To involve parents in children education through the family education for early childhood development program
Workshops and training sessions are conducted to enhance and empower teachers’ interpersonal skills and to introduce parents, caretakers and teachers to the innovative childhood development program, whereby they are taught to develop inexpensive toy-kits for children, to assist them in their healthy development.
This project is part of a wider effort to assist in improving the lives of children and babies in impoverished villages throughout Jordan and to facilitate lasting change in these underprivileged communities by creating opportunities, building capacity for self-reliance and improving the overall quality of life.
BEI has been supporting NHF – CDP for over a decade and is proud to be a part of the ongoing effort to improve the future prospects of children in impoverished areas of Jordan.