Education supplies and art kits delivered to schools serving 8,000 children in need.

 

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60 children from the SOS Children's Villages and Dar Al Ri'aya have started weekly Bullyproof training, building self-confidence, boosting fitness, and preparing them for a bully-free life style!

Ten months after Equal Opportunity launched its Bullyproof program for 2013, a grand closing event was held to celebrate the milestone successes of all participants. HRH Princess Iman bint Al Hussein and Minster of Social Development, Reem Abu Hassan joined the 150 excited and empowered orphan children and youth.

60 more children and youth benefit of the Bullyproof program and complete their 22 classes of training and workshops.

120 students from South Amman each experience four days of full English immersion with native speakers, through four more English LIVE workshops. Participants also enjoyed a fifth day of excursion and an event in celebration of their accomplishments.

The next two sessions of the Bullyproof programs conclude, with the 60 students (from the Dar Al Bir orphanage) enjoying a dinner together and celebrating their successes.  Ten of the female students from this group who have displayed talent will continue to receive ongoing training in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Children and youth from the Mabarrat Um Al Hussein visit Jingo's Jungle for fun and games and a yummy meal. Special thanks to Jingo’s Jungle and our volunteer team who made this possible!

60 children and youth from Dar Al Ria'ya and Al Hussein Orphanages benefited from and completed the 22 session Bullyproof program. Students concluded their training with a celebration and will enjoy a grand closing ceremony later this year with all Bullyproof beneficiaries.

120 children and youth benefit of the English LIVE Program. Workshops were held in North Amman (Baka Camp) and Zarqa (Amir Hasan).

Collaborative learning and cross-cultural communications through video conferencing between Toronto District School Board students and English LIVE participants in Jordan were introduced during these workshops.

Equal Opportunity Initiative launches the Building Blocks project, sponsored by Future First, HSBC's global education program for children at risk.

Building Blocks implements two training programs; English LIVE and Bullyproof whereby participants gain confidence, communication skills and self-defense guidance for a positive lifestyle. The program aims to directly benefit 1,170 vulnerable children and youth during 2013-2015.

Sponsored by HSBC Bank, the Equal Opportunity Initiative conducted eight more English LIVE programs in benefit of 240 children and youth around Jordan, providing them with English-language communication skills and etiquette.

Bullyproof Little Warriors, a self-defense/ anti-bullying program was sponsored by Samarah Dead Sea Resort and run in cooperation with Team Mirza for 25 children from the Mubarrat Um Al Hussein Orphanage, Jordan.

The boys attended 18 classes of 90 minutes each; playing an essential role in teaching them discipline and self-defense while at the same time boosting their confidence. The program curriculum was constructed by senior instructor and self-defense expert, Mohammad Bilbaisi with classes taught by Middle East BJJ champions Hamzeh Rasheed and Zaid Grandouka.

Today marked the completion and grand opening of a new Educational Development Center (EDC), which was created by the Equal Opportunity Initiative and funded by the HSBC Global Education Trust -- ‘Future First’ program.

Opened under the patronage of the Minister of Social Development, H.E. Nisreen Barakat, the EDC is located in the Juvenile Detention Center (Markaz al-Ahdat) in Ma’an and includes a Computer Lab, an Arabic and English Library, and Knowledge Station.

The goal of the EDC is to educate and empower the regular influx of marginalized youth by providing free access to educational resources and technology; tools which will strengthen the capacity of the boys to engage their futures more effectively in the economic and social domains.

Invited by DFC President Zaid Mirza, youth in the Bullyproof Little Warriors Program from the Mubarrat Um Al Hussein Orphanage joined the Desert Force Championship Event showcasing regional talent in Jordan’s capital city of Amman.

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The Equal Opportunity Initiative joined Music House in providing a fun day of the Arts for 44 orphan children from Jameiat Omar (Zarqa). The children participated in dancing singing and art workshops led by the Music house team.

The Arts play an enormous role in society's development and well being and this unique opportunity gave the chance for the children to recognize the critical role of artist in cultural advancement, and to enhance, and promote their skills.

Lunch, snacks and gifts were donated by McDonalds, Bread Talk and Hikayat Simsim, all adding to a wonderful day of fun and learning to remember.

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