By: Maya Chivi


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By: Maya Chivi

  • By: Maya Chivi

  • Research question: How can prevention programs overcome challenges to community involvement in areas where children and youth: 1) are victims of abuse and 2) live in environments in which such maltreatment is prevalent?


Population:

    • Population:
      • 70% under age of 30; 60% under age of 24
      • Jordanians, Palestinians, Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, Circassians
    • Almost half of Jordan’s children face abuse in their homes, schools, and communities*
    • In 2009, 4 children died as a result of
    • abuse; none of whom were over the
    • age of 5*
    • Case study research was conducted in
    • Jabal Al Nasr, located in Eastern Amman


Data collected in June, July, and August 2009

    • Data collected in June, July, and August 2009
    • Conducted 54 semi-structured interviews with workshop trainers, program directors, and participants
    • Observed child, youth, and adult programs
    • Collected field notes


In the Community:

    • In the Community:
  • Poor family communication

  • Poor marital relations

  • Neglect & all types of abuse at home

  • Kidnappings

  • Road accidents

  • Child labour

  • Street children and youth

  • High rates of unemployment

  • Dependency on drugs, glue sniffing, & alcohol

  • Lack of playgrounds



Not allowed to participate in physical activities

  • Not allowed to participate in physical activities

  • Not allowed to leave the house unaccompanied

  • Honour killings as a result of sexual abuse

  • Early school dropouts

  • Early marriages



Population of over 250,000 people

    • Population of over 250,000 people
    • Approximately 100 schools
    • The QRFCC:
      • Established in 2005 to focus on child and youth abuse prevention
      • Only non-religious community center
      • Funded by donors; Free to community members
      • Working to realize children and youth’s rights to:
      • Safety and security
      • Health
      • Care and nurture
      • Mental and body integrity
      • Protection from abuse




Local Community Center

  • Local Community Center

    • Interactive Mediums Unit Workshops (Arts in child safety, drama, IT lab, interactive library, and fit for life {for women and girls only})
      • Children, Youth, Mothers
    • Youth Programs
  • Training Center

    • Mothers, Fathers
    • Community Leaders
  • Safe Schools Project





The center’s strategy focuses on a slow growth into the community versus a shift in target group focus

  • The center’s strategy focuses on a slow growth into the community versus a shift in target group focus

  • The center’s adopted model covers a full spectrum of social needs

  • Affects individuals in two stages:

    • Causes changes in attitudes and behaviours which then causes active responses
  • Reaches indirect beneficiaries by empowering those around them (e.g.: women who cannot leave their homes).



Seen as “foreign” by local community members

  • Seen as “foreign” by local community members

  • Cultural taboos and gender stereotyping continues to discourage participation

  • Lack of program continuity with former participants

  • Changing municipality and government officials

  • Tension between a fast growth to meet the community’s needs and a focus on slow community change



The QRFCC’s successes are the result of:

  • The QRFCC’s successes are the result of:

    • Their flexibility and adaptability in response to the community’s needs
    • Their targeting of the social population and community issues versus focusing on individual problems
    • Their adopted model covers a full spectrum of social needs
    • Grew to cover additional target groups versus a shift in focus


What will the QRFCC’s long term impact on the individual level be?

  • What will the QRFCC’s long term impact on the individual level be?

  • What will the overall impact be in the community as a whole?

  • Target: social Impact: Individual Result: Community?











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