Sports for All
Ala' al Qararha (Jordan)
Ala’ al Qararha is a Jordanian educator who works with children and teenagers at Collateral Repair Project’s community centers in Amman, Jordan. Ala’ is trained in trauma sensitivity and implements this philosophy while working with kids from refugee communities. As a Blossom Hill Fellow, Ala manages Sports for All. This project integrates children and teenagers from diverse refugee groups with the local host population to strengthen the social fabric of the community and reduce social isolation and tension. Teenagers from the local community undergo sports and leadership training in order to organize and coach weekly games for a group of younger boys and girls. Sports for All gets kids moving and, in a structured and supportive environment, builds a team spirit that unifies the players across differences of age, gender, and nationality.
Sports for All
Ragheb Al-Fakhouri (Jordan)
Having fled the war in Syria to seek refuge in Jordan, Ragheb Al-Fakhouri experienced first-hand the difficulties so many children and youth face as a result of displacement. He also understands the role social inclusion plays in enabling refugees to participate in their host community. That’s why he is running Sports for All – a program that brings refugee children and youth from all parts of the world together with Jordanians to play soccer and basketball. Through their love of sports, Ragheb is working to unify them on a common ground. Location: Jordan
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