Capacity Development & Community Building
" Investing in people for a positive change ".

Unleashing people’s full potential to contribute to the three pillars of sustainable development: Social Equity (People), Environmental Protection (Planet), and Economic Viability (Prosperity).

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.

Global citizens
" Connecting people for a more inclusive world " .

We educate and empower people to become globally competent.

We reinforce global competence and universal morality promoting values of respect, cultural diversity to create opportunities for all and advance a shared respect for human dignity.

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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: https://innose.up.krakow.pl

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
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Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development

The history of Desert Bloom goes back to around the end of the second millennium, when we established the "Self-Improvement Initiative" to enhance graduates’ employability skills under the University of Jordan Alumni Club. The repercussions of World Trade Centre tragedy in 2001, particularly the growing distrust between the west and the Middle East, incited us to go global establishing "Quested Peace organization" in 2002. Quested Peace contributed to building bridges of understanding and restoring trust between the West and the Middle East. In 2004, Quested Peace joined the United Religions Initiative (URI), the largest grassroots interfaith and peace-building organization worldwide.  In July 2018, Quested Peace changed its name to Desert Bloom.

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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Innovathon in INN@SE

Innovathon in INN@SE

Desert Bloom organized a day-long Innovathon (borrowed from hackathon methodology; integrating the concepts of “innovation” and “marathon” to unleash innovation). It was a full day of hands-on learning, co-creation, innovation, enrichment, perseverance, hard work, networking and fun. The event brought together more than 50 people from diverse backgrounds including academia, public, private and voluntary sectors. A good number of seasoned social entrepreneurs worked hand in hand with the majority of young people who are either engaged in social entrepreneurship in different capacities or aspiring social entrepreneurs.

The Innovathon was organized under INN@SE Project “Innovative Social Entrepreneurship with Youth Engagement”. The project was co-founded by the European Union, Erasmus Plus Programme. To learn more about the project and its results, please visit the project website: https://innose.up.krakow.pl/results/


The day started with getting to know each other through Human Bingo, then we built a common understanding of key concepts including Hackathon methodology, open innovation, social entrepreneurship and its ecosystem, design thinking and business modeling. Additionally, common tools usually used by entrepreneurs were introduced such as community needs assessment, problem analysis, ideation and business modeling.

Together, we conducted a PESTEL Analysis to explore new trends and challenges in our community that incite problems and needs. As a result, the participants highlighted the following 8 focus areas:

1) Lack of care for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

2) Food security.

3) Young students are making rushed career decisions too early.

4) Lack of interest in recycling5) Increasing divorce rate across Jordan.

6) Lack of awareness about metaverse possibilities.

7) Lack of entrepreneurial education at an early age Lack of awareness about renewable energy benefits and potentials.

The participants were divided into 8 groups according to their interests in the above-mentioned areas (between 5-8 in each group). Each group had at least one expert. Then the Innovathon competition started. The groups framed the problem statements, analyzed the problems (through problem tree and Solution tree), then brainstormed to develop their innovative ideas and translate them into a social business model. They were given time to prepare for pitching their ideas.

The groups pitched their project ideas in front of an expert jury panel and audience. The following two projects won the prizes:

1) Developing a mobile application to translate audio to Sign Language. To help deaf and hard of hearing to fully integrate in life.

2) Develop a video game that enables young students to gain a sense of real work experience of certain jobs to make the right study decision. The event lasted for 9 hours, while it was planned for 8 hours. It was so engaging and many participants lost their senses of time.

The Innovathon not only raised awareness about social entrepreneurship, it has also built young people entrepreneurial skills and capacities.

More photos are available on our facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/1897662867208689/posts/pfbid02fKxnw1TEhsPcopPzfuxKzJnRYdshFBu83q7dtNLghDhiEKuqHavpHNcWYhoWtHKpl/?sfnsn=mo

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INN@SE– Innovative Social Entrepreneurship With Youth Engagement

INN@SE– Innovative Social Entrepreneurship With Youth Engagement

The two-year project is approaching its end.

The four partners of INN@SE project; Pedagogical University of Cracow- Poland (Project Coordinator), Desert Bloom- Jordan, ART-ER- Italy and ARNO - North Macedonia met in Krakow- Poland from 7-8 July 2022, to discuss the achievements, lesson learnt and the final requirements for closing the INN@SE project. We are happy that we managed to accomplish all project’s intellectual outputs despite the challenges of COVID 19.

The Project has fulfilled its objectives; it has raised awareness about social entrepreneurship as a wide range of development strategies that contribute to efforts to realize the sustainable development goals. Also, it has enhanced existing services and creating new practices and methods to promote young people engagement in social entrepreneurship. Finally, it has contributed to the development of entrepreneurial competencies of young people to positively engage in society, exercise leadership and become involved in social change. It inspired them to act as change agents who create innovative solution to face their communities’ issues and challenges adopting social impact and innovative approaches.

The INN@SE has been a good example of cross continent cooperation under the EU funded projects (Erasmus+ Prorgamme KA 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices).

Please visit the project website and check out its results (https://innose.up.krakow.pl). Don't miss the “Young Entrepreneurs, Play it Right” Game, an educational game on social entrepreneurship. Please play and let’s hear your feedback.

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PEACE: Psychological and Eco-social Aspects of Climate ChangE

PEACE: Psychological and Eco-social Aspects of Climate ChangE  

Desert Bloom hosted a Training Course on Psychological and eco-social aspects of Climate Chang, Jordan from 12-20 May 2022

The training drew on “ACTIVATE Approach proposed by the Climate Change Empowerment Booklet of the Australian Psychological Society, which is an acronym for:

A: Acknowledging feelings about climate change and learning ways of managing them “Not avoiding them.

C: Creating new social norms about protecting the environment where “Green is the new black”.

T: Talking about climate and breaking the collective silence.

I: Inspiring positive visions to identify steps to get there.

V: Valuing how restoring climate reinforces our core values.

A: Acting, both collectively and personally and feeling engaged.

T: Time is now. Showing climate change impacts on what we care about in order to create a mindset shift.

E: Engaging with nature to re-discover the connection with it.

The Training Course was designed for Youth Workers and included the above-mentioned guidance and be based on the 4 blocks scheme from according to our main project’s areas and partners’ expertise, namely:

  1. From Climate Change to Climate Emergency: Environmental Side (main expert: Permacultura Cantabria, Spain)
  2. From Eco-anxiety to Eco-involvement: Emotional Side (main expert: Agrado- Italy)
  3. From separation to collaboration: Social and Community side (main expert: Desert Bloom, Jordan)
  4. From social networks to social work-in-net: Digitalisation side (main expert: Education Innovators Kosovo, Kosovo)

 

PEACE project is co-funded by European Union, under Erasmus Plus. Project No. 101051323 ERASMUS-YOUTH-2021-CB. The project duration is 24 months and it had started in January 2022.

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Youth in Action - Youth Exchange

Desert Bloom participated in “Youth in Action” Youth Exchange, from 6-14 May, 2022, Gåsbustua Norway

The youth exchange was hosted by Intermezzo Ungdom, Norway and co-funded by Erasmus plus programme of the European Union. It aimed at building life skills for young people, including those with fewer opportunities. The exchange gathered 50 people from 11 countries (about 40 youth and 10 group leaders) coming from Norway, Lithuania, Jordan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Poland, Tunisia, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Belarus and Ukraine.

The youth exchange was based on a holistic experiential education model - experiential learning cycle described by Kolb (1984). First, participants were asked to undertake an activity, then they reflected on what happened and why, how. Finally, the facilitator transferred these experiences in their practices and realities. The youth exchange contained behavioral simulations, activities based on theatre technique, role plays, outdoor exercises, case studies and problem-solving, group discussion, small groups, displays and field trips, etc. The young people were able to develop a set of skills including:

Decision-making.

Problem solving.

Creative thinking.

Critical thinking

Effective communication.

Self-awareness building (identifying personal strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities; clarifying personal values and beliefs; recognizing personal worth and personal happiness)

Empathy.

Coping with emotions and stress.

Please check this video about this youth exchange

https://youtu.be/a8dtE5qezqc

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“Back to 7000 BC” Youth Exchange

Desert Bloom participated in “Back to 7000 BC” Youth Exchange, from 5-12 March 2022 in Aswan- Egypt

The project focused on promoting intercultural dialogue among young people. It created a safe space for dialogue and sharing experiences on tolerance and social integration in a culturally and religiously diverse setting. The project involved 36 participants (including 6 team leaders and 30 young people aged 18-30).

 The project has improved participants’ dialogue and intercultural communication skills. It has broken down many cultural stereotypes and misconceptions. Also, it has promoted cultural diversity and pluralism. Young people learnt about meaningful differences between different cultures and identities. They enjoyed expressing their culture through art and role playing. We visited two Nubian villages nested on islands on the Nile where we experienced the Nubian culture and tradition. The Nubian people are so friendly and overwhelming, great hospitality was waiting for us in every place we visited. The project was led by LEVEL UP, Poland and hosted by Have a Dream, Egypt in partnership with Desert Bloom, Jordan, United Societies of Balkans, Greece and Associacion Cultural YOUROPIA, Spain. It was Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Some feedback from Ahmad Al-Masharga, Desert Bloom - Jordan 

My experience in Egypt - Aswan - Nubian culture

What a great combination of Culture, History and Antiquity!

A combination of an old lifestyle with modern trends!

I spent 10 days Hosted by the Nubian civilization,

I was surprised by how much beauty and generosity that I wasn't expecting at all !!

Thanks to  LEVEL UP and Have A Dream organizations for organizing this youth Exchange in magnificent place!

And I am thankful for my organization, Desert Bloom, for choosing me to Represent Jordan in this lovely youth exchange!!

I'm very thankful because I got a lot of knowledge and great information about cultures, habits, and traditions of different cultures, in addition to I had new friends from Poland, Greece, Spain and Egypt !!

And I am very very thankful for my team (Jordanian team), we represent Arabic culture in Jordanian Style!

At the end, thanks for our leader Ma'moun Khreisat he was a Brother, friend and father for us !!!

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The International Cooperation Evolution+ (ICE+), a “Contact Making Seminar”

Desert Bloom, participated in the International Cooperation Evolution+ (ICE+), a “Contact Making Seminar” in Belgium, from 11-17 Feb. 2022.

The youth workers project which was organized by EUROMED EVE Belgium, brough together 20 organization, from 20 different countries: (Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Ireland, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Montenegro, Albania, Moldova, and Georgia). The ICE+ project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. It fulfilled the following objectives:

  1. Bringing together youth workers professionals (Presidents, Founders, Trainers, Managers, Youth Project Manager) from 20 youth organizations (12 programs and 8 partner countries), to lay the foundations for a long-term partnership and develop mutual projects under Erasmus + programme.
  2. Promoting cooperation in working with young people at international level through the exchange of knowledge, ideas and good practices and experiences related to youth participation and non-formal education in a spirit of openness and tolerance.
  3. Promote existing European tools and methods to improve youth participation.

We developed together at least 10 ideas for future Erasmus + projects in the framework of non-formal education as well as others subjects, these projects will be implemented in various national agencies (2022- 2023).

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Youth stand up to Violent Extremism Training Course

Youth stand up to Violent Extremism Training Course – Jordan, from 12-16 February 2022

The training aimed at building the capacity of youth workers in the field of the prevention of violent extremism while reinforcing global competence and universal morality that promotes values of respect, cultural diversity, continuous improvement and self-confidence to advance a shared respect for human dignity.

The training achieved its main objectives of:

  1. Supporting the professional development of youth workers in the field of P/CVE through non-formal and informal methodologies, tackling the Root Causes of violent radicalization, Radicalization Process, Intercultural Citizenship, Digital & Media Literacy, critical thinking and effective communication.
  2. Fostering youth civic engagement in public life (economic, political and socio-cultural participation), through:
    1. Economic empowerment by building youth entrepreneurial competencies)
    2. Enhancing young people engagement in political and public life by developing youth advocacy skills to develop effective youth policy, improve youth access to service, defend youth rights and challenge horizontal inequality.

The project was coordinated by EUROMED EVE Polska (Poland) and hosted and implemented in Jordan by Desert Bloom for Training and Sustainable Development (Jordan). is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Thirty youth workers/leaders participated in this training representing the following 9 partner organizations; EUROMED EVE Polska- Poland, Desert Bloom- Jordan, Have A Dream- Egypt, ASSOCIAO MEDESTU - Portugal, BRIDGES-Eastern European Forum for Dialogue- Bulgaria, Beit Ashams for Self-Development - Palestine, Moroccan Youth Forum for Cultural Exchange & Scientific Research - Morocco, Kalamáris Egyesület- Hungary  and Association Euro-Med EVE Tunisia- Tunisia.

The participants are committed to developing a practical and user-friendly Toolkit to serve as a guide on building youth resilience to PVE. Also, they launched a Facebook page under the name “United Against Violent Extremism” to serve as a Social Media platform dedicated to preventing violent extremism (VE) through raising awareness of the root causes of VE, and counter extremists and terrorists’ online propaganda.  

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Kick-off meeting of PEACE (Psychological and Eco-social Aspects of Climate ChangE) project

Great news!

PEACE project kick-off meeting was held early this month to officially start the Erasmus+ project: PEACE Psychological and Eco-social Aspects of Climate ChangE (101051323 ERASMUS-YOUTH-2021-CB). 

This meeting held from 2-3 February 2022 online due to Covid-19 and the partners: Permacultura Cantabria (Spain), Associazione Agrado (Italy), Desert Bloom for Training & Sustainable Development (Jordan) and Education Innovators Kosovo (Kosovo) will prepare everything necessary to start this very interesting project on the social and psychological effects of climate change.  

Stay tuned for more news!

And thanks to all the people attending the meeting for the great work we are doing!

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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.

https://youtu.be/Zeuw7Fw5CVs

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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

https://youtu.be/YDRja-J0h3E

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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.

 

For more details, please visit the project page at project leader website:   https://www.feminenza.org/stsproject/. 

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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

https://youtu.be/zxbGMnC_bzk

 

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