Capacity Development
" Investing in people for a positive change ".

Enable people to take greater control of their own lives and to actively

engage in confronting economic, political, social and environmental challenges.

Community Service
" humanitarian assistance to people in need ".


Every person can make a difference.

If everyone did one little thing, we will have billions of acts of  kindness, social justice and social responsibility that will improve our world.

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" Connecting people for a more inclusive world " .

We educate and empower people to become globally competent.

We are morally compelled to confront global injustices and take responsible action to promote a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

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​​​​​​​INN@SE– Innovative Social Entrepreneurship with Youth Engagement

Desert Bloom is a partner in the above two-year project funded by EU (under Erasmus+ Prorgamme KA 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices/ Strategic Partnerships for youth). The project is in line with our mission to empower young people to thrive and harness their potential and have the opportunities and skills to contribute to a more prosperous and sustainable world. The project seeks to enable young people to meaningfully engage in social entrepreneurship makes them stakeholders of their immediate future and their community’s long-term well-being. It invests in young change agents that able to create innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. INN@SE will contribute to the development of critical skills and competencies of young people to positively engage in society, exercise leadership and become involved in social change focusing on social impact and innovative approaches.

Project website:

Target groups:

Young people and Youth workers, trainers and other professionals (and related organizations) supporting and promoting entrepreneurship among young people.


About Us

Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development

Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development

The history of Desert Bloom goes back to around the end of the second millennium, when a group of vibrant youth established the “Self-Improvement & Community Service” initiative at the University of Jordan Alumni Club in February 2000. The initiative aimed at improving graduates' life and professional skills. The repercussions of 2001 world Trade Center tragedy incited the group to do something. Hence, they established "Quested Peace Initiative" in February 2003 to restore trust and confront the growing hatred and misunderstanding between Western and Arab worlds.

Creating pathways for positive change

Behind every success there is a great team, together we can make our world a better place for all

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Study Visit - (Y) Wadi Rum, Jordan, from 12- 17 Dec. 2021

Study Visit - (Y) Wadi Rum, Jordan, from 12- 17 Dec. 2021

Focusing on Mental health, digitalization and diversity & inclusion inyouth work; the most pressing challenges we are facing in the future.

The project, which is funded by the Erasmus Plus program of the European Union, was coordinated by Jugendzentrum Perg - Austria and implemented by Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development in Jordan. 52 youth workers and civil society leaders took part in this study visit from 12 European and Southern Mediterranean countries. The project has fostered participants’ Mental Health, Digitalization and Diversity competencies which are needed to handle the aftermath of COVID-19 and tackle current and future global challenges. Below, are the major activities:     

  • On the first day, we focus on understanding Mental Health and the power of thinking and some digital skills. In the evening, we had the cultural night where participants had a chance to introduce their countries and culture.
  • On the second day, the participants had the chance to represent their organisations and share their experiences. Then we had an Art Psychotherapy session where participants had the chance to express negative experiences that are too difficult to put into words by drawing. In the evening, participants were divided into teams to play an outdoor digital game in the old city of Amman (Citadel and Roman Theatre).
  • The morning of the third day was dedicated to resilience and recovering from mental health problems. In this respect, we held a zoom session on prevention of mental health problems with the Royal Health Awareness Society. In the afternoon, we visited two civil society organisations; the “Forearms of change”, which focuses on mental health and “El-Hassan Youth Award” which focuses on youth empowerment.   
  • On the fourth day, we moved to the south and continued our experiential experience in Wadi Rum where participants had a chance to explore the desert and experience Bedouin local culture and traditions.
  • On the fifth day we moved to Petra (an ancient city that was the center of an Arab kingdom in Hellenistic and Roman times. It was the capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 B.C. and A.D.106) ·     
  • The sixth day was dedicated to raising awareness about the Erasmus Plus program, building partnerships and planning& drafting mutual projects under the Erasmus plus program.

Below is a short video about the project.

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Sports Day "Quality Physical Education" the aftermath of COVID 19

Desert Bloom organized the “Quality in physical Education project": the aftermath of covid-19 pandemic sports day on 18 Nov. 2021, within the framework of the "Advocacy for Quality Physical Education in the Arab Region" project . The project was implemented by Chabibeh Sporting Club Lebanon, in collaboration with Desert Bloom Jordan, and in partnership with the UNESCO Office Beirut.

The event was conducted in cooperation with the University of Jordan- College of Sports Sciences, Mutah University, the Hashemite University and the Ministry of Youth and the Paralympic Hope Jordan Volleyball Federation.

About 70 participants took part in this sports day representing students, coaches, sports educators and some Jordanian sports federations.

The project consisted of three main activities:


  1.  A training workshop for young people from different Arab countries on UNESCO's policy of supporting young people in designing and implementing advocacy campaigns for Quality Physical education and gender equality.
  2.  Organizing national events on “Quality Physical Education” in Jordan and Lebanon.
  3.  Organizing a webinar on the topic of quality in specific physical education.

Project target group included: trainers, teachers, physical education teachers in schools and universities, students from the Faculty of Physical Education, qualified sports workers, physical education teachers from different regions in Jordan (North, South and Central). Sports association with persons with disabilities of both sexes. We considered the gender balance and geographical distribution while selecting our participants and trainers.

The participants in the sports day were rotated over a number of stations (3-4 stations, 45 minutes each) as follows:

A- Empowering women through sports and gender equality station (focusing on leadership skills, non-violence, equality) using football game.

B - Team building station, focusing on teamwork and inclusion.

C- Refugee inclusion station, through exercises of inclusion, sports inclusion and diversity.

Participants built their capacities on the following area:

- Advocacy for working towards quality physical education.

- How to integrate people from different faiths and backgrounds.

- How to use sports as a tool to integrate people with fewer opportunities including refugees and other marginalized groups.

- How to manage sports activities that enhance inclusion and embrace diversity.

Below is a video about the sports day in Amman

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Secondary Traumatic Stress Developing Resilience (Trauma Healing Community Resilience Development)

Desert Bloom a long with 22 NGOs from 12 countries from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea are participating in “Secondary Traumatic Stress Developing Resilience” project that has started almost a year ago. The project, which is led by Feminenza International, UK and involves 14 workshops, aims at building youth workers’ competencies to better deal with secondary traumatic stress. Participants are acquiring:

  • Capacity to recognize and monitor the risk of Secondary Trauma Stress (STS)
  • Tools and skills to prevent and mitigate STS
  • Build inner resilience
  • Help to establish low-cost methods to monitor and reduce STS in their organizations.


Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) occurs when an individual is exposed to people who have been traumatized themselves. It can be observed for instance between first responders, nurses and physicians, mental health care workers or children of traumatized parents. Constant disposure for traumatic events and distress can eventually have dramatic effects. Symptoms of secondary trauma are similar to those of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and it can include depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate or compassion fatigue.


Topics covered so far:


  • Gender and Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • Managing Mental Trauma – The Anatomy of trauma in the brain
  • Managing Mental Trauma – Value & Resilience
  • Managing Mental Trauma – The Place of Value – a mind state
  • Forgiveness
  • Understanding



Working with marginalized and traumatized communities, especially forcedly displaced migrants and refugees and people with fewer opportunities, Desert Bloom staff is committed to equip its leaders with the competencies to mitigate STS.


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Creating The Way - Youth Exchange

Desert Bloom CC- Jordan participanted in Creating The Way - Youth Exchange,from 15-24 Oct. 2021, Romania

The Youth Exchange was hosted by Association Focus on Youth, Romania with participation of another three organizations; Desert Bloom, Jordan, Human Rights Research Center,  Georgie and Youth Empowerment Center, Greece. Under Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The exchange took place between 15th and 24th of October in the city of  Ramnicu Valcea în România. 

The 28 participants were selected from different cultural backgrounds and some of them suffered from different types of discrimination including ethnic discrimination, islamopohobia, social exclusion or marginalization due to fewer opportunities in life.

The participants had a chance to look deeper into themselves and understand their individuality as human beings. The workshops, discussions and other non-formal education activities enabled participants to learn about the diversity in the world, share their experiences and get to know each other. To help to understand the problem of intolerance and prejudices, part of the workshops also included participants’ presentations about the propaganda influences related to minorities in their communities. Everyone also had a chance to take part in the intercultural event to show and promote their countries through food, clothes, dance and video materials.

Below is a short video about the project done by Lina Heyari, one of Desert Bloom participants


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Quality for Change in Erasmus+ - Mobility of Youth Workers project

Desert Bloom participated in a Quality for Change in Erasmus+ - Mobility of Youth Workers project organized by Asociatia Euvolume Romania and funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The main gathering took place between 2nd and 8th of October in the beautiful city of Bran in Romania. 

The main goal of the project was to share experiences, knowledge and good practices for creating and managing socio-educational activities that support unemployed young people.  The target group is those young people who stay unemployed and do not receive education or vocational training (so called NEETs - not in employment, education or training). The aim was to achieve the highest possible impact for them and their local communities.

Thirty four participants from 10 countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Greece, Jordan, Lithuania, Montenegro, Palestine, Portugal, Romania and Turkey, had a chance to share their country's statistics related to young people representing the NEET group and exchange good practices to improve these people. After analyzing data and information on national and European strategies for NEETs, it was possible to introduce a measurable and quality methodology for youth workers that will contribute to the capacity building of the participants’ organisations. The other objectives of the project included designing a booklet with good practice and a recommendation document with specific suggestions for youth organizations in order to make use of all the accessible programs and resources to face the needs of NEET groups and develop innovative, solution-based tools available to all youth workers.

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“WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS” Youth Exchange

Desert Bloom participated in the “WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS” Youth Exchange, Turkey, from the 31 Aug. to 7th of Sept. 2021



Since the beginning of history most people in the world have had the experience of leaving the place where they grew up. Humans are in motion across time as well as geography. So why to divide people and label them as refugee, asylum-seeker, migrant and native?

The twenty-five participants of this project were from five countries: Italy, Portugal, Germany and Turkey representing five NGOs; Grup Farkındalık - Turkey (the project host, Youth from Kassel to World – Germany,  Associazione Internazionale New Humanity – Italy,  Associacao Juvanil de Deao, Portugal along with Desert Bloom for Training and Sustainable Development – Jordan.

“We Are All Migrants” took place in the city of Şanlıurfa in Turkey (1500 km south of Istanbul), and more specifically inside the campus of Harran University. The project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

During the project, several activities were concluded including presentations about migrant issues in the participating countries, filmmaking and film presentations, tourist visits of archeological sites, implementation of discussion sessions to prepare the group to cultural fair and the most exciting activity was the visits to refugee families, tree planting and the visit of the commission for Syrian refugees. The participants distributed some gifts to the refugees' children.

The project raised awareness about issues that forced migration and highlighted the problem of refugees’ integration into society. We Are All Migrants shed light on the main causes of the exclusion of migrants including societies’ ignorance about migrants and their cultures, lifestyle, language, religion or race. This lack of information leads to hate speeches, prejudice, and fear. Therefore, through the introduction of migrant’s culture, We Are All Migrants aimed to overcome these social divisions and to break down prejudice and stereotypes.

Please check this video about this project:



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Youth International Camp 2021- Sustainable Tourism

The International Youth Camp 2021 on Sustainable Tourism was co-organized by Dr. May Al-Hendi, Desert Bloom and the South Badia Center for Training, Awareness and Voluntary Work.  The camp was a serious attempt to promote the concept of sustainable tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts while addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities. About 50 people from Asia, Africa and Europe participated in this camp.

The camp provided many experiential learning opportunities related to personal development and sustainable tourism.

First day:

We visited Alia Ecovillage in Al Salt, a sustainable retreat house built from natural stones and recyclable materials. We learnt how to build eco-friendly houses made with natural materials and recyclable stuff. Then we did a hike at Wadi Daam forest and cooked our lunch. Then we did team building exercises in the forest. At night, we visited Prophet Joshua Cemetery where we listened to the Prophet Joshua story from the adherent Mosque Imam.

Second day:

We visited Madaba, a living example of Christians- Muslims cohabitation. It is known as the “City of Mosaics” where the cultural epicenter for Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. We visited St George’s Church & Mosaic Map, Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist and Mount Nebo where we enjoyed the panoramic views of the Holy Land. Then we headed to Karak, where we organized a “kids Carnival”; an entertainment program for orphans. Afterwards, we visited the Karak castle. Then we went to Dana Biosphere Reserve for camping.

Third day:

We enjoyed a yoga session overlooking Dana valley. Then we moved to Udhruh Visitors Center, where we visited Al-Hawashim Tent and the House of Hamad AlJazi. Then we were hosted by a Bedouin family where we had an authentic Bedouin hospitality experience. Afterwards we headed to Wadi Rum, where we enjoyed a jeep safari tour, night walk and a reflection session in the desert of Wadi Rum. Late at night, we moved to Aqaba.

Fourth day:

We started our day with Yoga eye exercises, followed by a workshop on Biogas. We learnt how to build our own simple environmentally friendly, renewable energy source from food waste, animal manure and agricultural byproducts. Then we had two workshops on leadership and grant management.

Fifth day (optional)

About half of the participants visited Petra and the rest went back to Amman.


More, photos and videos are available on the below link:


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Analyzing young people's challenges applying Problem Tree Technique

Analyzing young people's challenges applying Problem Tree Technique

As part of Desert Bloom effort to finalize the design of a digital educational game "Young Entrepreneurs, Play it Right" under “INN@SE- Innovative Social Entrepreneurship with youth engagement”. The president of Desert Bloom, Mamoun Khreisat, facilitated a workshop to identify the top challenge that is currently facing young people to be used as a practical example for the educational game. The hybrid workshop style (virtually via zoom and physically/ face-to-face) was chosen to enable better engagement. Eight experts and ten young people contributed to the discussion. The workshop was under the URI MENA Cultural Café.

The participants agreed that the most common challenges that currently facing young people are:

  1. Lack of employment opportunity (number one challenge)
  2. Ineffective educational system (costly, does not focus on social, emotional and practical skills, Mismatch between education and the labour market …etc).
  3. Horizontal inequalities (inequalities between similar groups with different identities, e.g. social class, origin, religion, gender- women and men).
  4. Lack of freedom of choice (Young people are controlled by their families, peer pressure and prevailed norms and customs)
  5. Social Media (Time wasting, peer pressure, cyberbullying, low self-esteem and mental ill-health).
  6. Body image (Young people tend to compare themselves to others, particularly with those they see in the media)

To analyze and explore solutions to number one challenge “Lack of employment opportunities”, the participants applied the Problem Tree Analysis technique.

  • We identified the direct causes of lack of employment opportunities
  • We identified the (Primary Root) of lack of employment opportunities.
  • We discussed the direct effects of this challenge on young people.
  • We discussed the impact (indirect effects) of this challenge on society.

To analyze and explore solutions to number one challenge “Lack of employment opportunities”, the participants applied Problem Tree Analysis technique.

Suggested solutions include:

  1. Promote entrepreneurial mindset.
  2. Skills training- provide adequate cognitive, non-cognitive and technical skills.
  3. Direct the young people to future jobs like IT and digital transformation jobs (Cyber security expert, Software developer, Big Data analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics engineer, etc)
  4. Promote continuous self-learning (consistently build new knowledge and skills)
  5. Raise the awareness of online jobs.
  6. Improve the educational system by integrating cognitive, non-cognitive and technical skills in school education
  7. Promote volunteering and Internships
  8. Highlight the importance of building social networks
  9. Improve the informal sector conditions.
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Bridges No Walls

Bridges No Walls, Training Course, Valencia- Spain, from 16-22 May 2021

“Bridges no walls” training course is a real attempt to create bridges instead of walls between people. The project was hosted in the beautiful city of Valencia by Joveslides- Spain from 16th to 22th May 2021 under Erasmus+ program. Participants came from Germany, Greece, Italy, Pakistan, Belarus, Egypt and Jordan. Desert Boom was represented by three Jordanian young women. The main objective of the one-week-training was to fight islamophobia and correct prejudices of gender islamophobia. 

Watch the video and listen what the jordanian participants say about their experience:

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Review of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" book by Stephen Covey

On 27 March 2021, Desert Bloom founder facilitated a Zoom session for URI MENA Cultural Café on "7 Habits of Highly Effective People".

Mamoun explained how people could change themselves, then tackled the habits of highly effective people as presented by Stephen R. Covey in his self-improvement book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People".

The following seven habits were explained and discussed:

  1. Be Proactive.
  2. Begin with the End in Mind.
  3. Put First Things First (manage priorities).
  4. Think Win-Win.
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.
  6. Synergize.
  7. Sharpen the Saw.

In addition, participants enriched the session by sharing their Personal Mission Statements.

Major takeaways:

- You can change yourself and others through five possibilities (1) when we change convictions; e.g. beliefs, principles, ethics, thinking, ambitions (2) when we change interests (3) when we change competencies (4) when we change relationships and (5) when we change role models.

- It is all about our own perceptions. The way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions.

-  Success is a function of personality, public image, attitudes, and behaviors.

 - As we grow up and become more mature, we understand the importance of teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills, and moving from independence to interdependence.

- Proactive people recognize that they have responsibility "response-ability" (the ability to choose how they will respond to a given situation). Reactive people take a passive stance; they believe the world is happening to them.

- To be proactive, we must focus on our "Circle of Influence/ control" that lies within our "Circle of Concern", we must work on the things we can do something about. This gives us positive energy and may expand our Circle of Influence. Reactive people, on the other hand, focus on things that are in their Circle of Concern but not in their Circle of Influence. This leads to blaming external factors out of their control, such as Marco Economy, COVID 19 pandemic...etc., emanating negative energy, and causing their Circle of Influence to shrink.

- Our self-awareness empowers us to shape our own lives, instead of living our lives based on the standards or preferences of others.

- We need to have a longer-term vision of what we will achieve in the long run from the things we do in our lives today.

- It is good to be a principle-centered person; identifying the timeless, unchanging principles by which you must live your life. This will give you the guidance that you need to align your behaviors with your beliefs and values.

- One should prioritize his/her day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent.

- It is recommended that everyone create his/her own time management matrix to start prioritizing.

- To establish effective interdependent relationships, we must commit to creating Win-Win situations that are mutually beneficial and satisfying to each party. If you can't reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial, there is no deal.

- We need to maintain an Abundance Mentality, or the belief that there's plenty out there for everyone.

- Most people with the Scarcity Mentality (people seeing life as a finite pie, so that if one person takes a big piece, that leaves less for everyone else) tend not to share recognition or credit and find it difficult to be genuinely happy about other people's successes.

- With Win-Lose, or Lose-Win, one person gets what he wants for the moment, but it will negatively affect the relationship between those two people going forward.

- Win-Win, is not only about being nice, it is about being courageous.

- To achieve Win-Win, keep the focus on results, not methods; on problems, not people.

- We must seek to deeply understand people and their perspective, before we expect them to understand us, through empathic listening. We should not prescribe a solution before we diagnose the problem.

- Synergy allows us to create new alternatives and open new possibilities.

- Synergy is valuing the differences between people.

- To be effective, we must devote the time to renewing ourselves physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially. Continuous renewal allows us to increase our ability to practice the habits of highly effective people.      

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Jordan Entrepreneurship Summit

Jordan Entrepreneurship Summit - From Resilience to Growth, 15 & 16 December 2020 

I enjoyed my participation in Jordan Entrepreneurship Summit 2020 representing Desert Bloom. The summit was a showcase of Jordan as an entrepreneurship hotbed, where a rich pipeline of diverse ventures delivers economic resilience and growth while providing exciting opportunities to investors. 

​Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, this virtual summit provided experts, thought leaders, and policy makers. The summit also provided a venue where over 140 participants had chances to discuss how to capture the promise of Jordanian entrepreneurship, and brought selected startups with matched active investors.​ 

This two-day event was Co-hosted by iPARK and Beyond Capital, and funded by the European Union through the JADE and The Next Society projects and in partnership with the Jordan University of Science and Technology. 


Mamoun Khreisat

Founder & President

Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development

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Global Entrepreneurship Symposium 2020

Global Entrepreneurship Symposium 2020

The Global Entrepreneurship Symposium was held from 7-9 December 2020 with more than 140 participants from 20 countries. The symposium was coordinated by Mr. Karim Sahli in cooperation with the following organizations:

  • United Religions Initiative- URI
  • We Love Souses
  • The 40 Foundation
  • Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development
  • AnnaLindh Foundation

The Symposium gathered a wide diversity of expertise including business, government, NGOs and academia. A good number of social/ business entrepreneurs and young potential entrepreneurs enriched the discussions by sharing their stories and experiences. The facilitating team comprising Karim Sahli (Libya), Dr. May Al-Hendi (Jordan) and Mr. Anis Bofrikha (Tunisia) played a dynamic role in enabling transdisciplinary Knowledge creation and integration.

Mamoun Khreisat, URI Regional Coordinator for MENA and the Founder of Desert Bloom, introduced URI as a global grassroots movement for positive change across the globe. He explained how URI engages people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities stressing the fact that URI includes hundreds of social entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries.

Mamoun also introduced Desert Bloom as a Social Enterprise that focuses on building young people entrepreneurial competencies. He shed light on Desert Bloom's "INN@SE– Innovative Social Entrepreneurship with Youth Engagement" project that will develop a multi-stage digital Educational Game dedicated to improving young people competencies in the field of the Social Entrepreneurship. Moreover, in his intervention under social entrepreneurship theme, Mamoun shared Desert Bloom's model of Community Needs Assessment.

At the end of the Symposium, a committee was assigned to launch the Global Platform of Entrepreneurship.

Major themes covered:

  • Opening speeches by participating organizations
  • Entrepreneurship: Success stories from different parts of this world.
  • Entrepreneurship : Concept , laws and advocacy
  • African Cultural & Creative Entrepreneurship: Potential and Challenges
  • Social Entrepreneurship, Concepts and vision
  • Entrepreneurship and social Media
  • Launch of the Global platform of entrepreneurship
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