Ahmed Asadi Summer Service

This summer I volunteered at the King Hussein and Noor Al Hussein Foundation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (KHNHF). During my tenure, I worked with two of the seven institutions of the KHNHF, the Community Development Program (CDP) and the Institute for Family Health (IFH). I accompanied staff on their visits, provided logistic support and assisted trainers during the capacity building workshops and awareness campaigns.

I aided staff during their trip to Northern Ghour, which was part of the Poverty Pockets Empowerment Program of the CDP. The goal of the program is to provide the impoverished with means by which they may elevate their economic status. Mainly, the program connects them with a network of employers and aids them in the process of constructing a CV. With the rest of my time, I assisted the IFH staff during the World Population Day that was held in cooperation with the UNFPA for Syrian Refugees at the IFH locations in Sweileh, Amman, Jordan. I also had the opportunity to file, document and edit reports related to the project of promoting gender based violence (GBV) awareness and providing services to respond to GBV needs among Syrian Refugees, specifically women and girls.

Working with the refugees broadened my perspective with regards to the Syrian conflict. It was definitely more stirring to hear first hand accounts, than it had been to read articles while on a different continent. Also, while it was nice to see that the foundation I had volunteered with was taking active steps to aid the refugees, the institution itself was in shambles. I realized after my stay the importance of donations, even though one does not see a direct impact, the smallest of contributions really goes a long way. In all, I had a wonderful time, and managed to lend a helping hand to those in need.




2 thoughts on “Ahmed Asadi Summer Service

  1. Ahmed,
    Thanks for sharing your experience with the larger school community. Before reading your post, I knew little about the Noor Al Hussein Foundation. Thanks to your link, I was able to do a little reading about the Poverty Pockets Empowerment Program, in which you volunteered. I found it very encouraging to learn that this particular program has helped over 300 families through their Revolving Loan Funds, including 25 families with members who are disabled. It was also encouraging to note that 54% of the total loan beneficiaries have been women.
    What an incredible experience for you to get to work so closely with this foundation. I am glad that one of your take-aways was an appreciation for how much these organizations rely on donor dollars. Much good can come from the aggregation of donor dollars. How fortunate for you to see this first-hand.
    I wonder if the group traveling to Jordan might find it worthwhile to visit the foundation and learn a little about their work. I especially think students might be interested in learning more about the gender-based voiolence awareness project (GVP) for which you dedicated some of your volunteer hours towards. You should share this with Anna and Bram.

  2. Ahmed, this sounds like a fascinating experience with so many different responsibilities, both within the institution itself and face-to-face with the people they are helping. It must have been so frustrating to work in a disorganized situation! I appreciate that you fulfilled your commitment and that you gave so generously of your kindness and and intelligence.

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