- Health and Social Services
- Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
Number of Members: 25
Muslim Sunni, Christian Greek Orthodox, Christian Roman Catholic, Bedwen tribes
Conducting intercultural programs with international volunteers
“Our purpose is to promote intercultural understanding and global common action for global equal citizenship, respecting human rights, and building peace across the globe.”
Al Badiya for intercultural dialogue CC (Al Badiya Center for Awareness and Voluntary Work) is a none profit organization aims at empowering Bedwen communities through capacity building programs and enhancing their interaction with other Jordanian communities and foreigners. It is based in Jordanian South Badiya (semi desert area) in Province of Ma’an, South Jordan. It was founded in 2012 by Mr. Khalid Al-Jazi, active social worker, in cooperation with a number of civic society activists in the neighboring cities and villages. The CC succeeded in fostering the intercultural understanding and cooperation between foreigners and Badiya communities. In a nutshell, the CC introduces people to Badiya Culture and empowering the people of Badiya. This is so important given the tough nature of Al-Badiya where the people only live on livestock (the soil are not suitable for crops growing), and people have limited resources and poor infrastructure (including schools and public services). The “international volunteers program”, is the flagship program of Al Badiya CC, where volunteers from overseas (mostly American students who would like to volunteer abroad) are attracted to provide services to local communities such as teaching children English language, entertain orphans, cleaning environment, helping the needy and the elder, etc. The foreigner in return can learn some Arabic language and culture. Moreover, Al Badiya CC organize workshops for local communities on startup projects, women rights, etc. Finally, it worth mention that Al Badiya CC managed to introduce other faiths to Al Badiya which is mainly Muslim Sunni, so its people became more aware of other religions in the world.
Al Badiya CC breaks the walls between Bedwen Muslims and other Muslims on one hand, and between Muslim and Christians on the other hand. They build relationships based on respect and cooperation instead of deepening stereotypes and highlighting differences.