NAFE draws upon a variety of sources for funding, including grants from the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) and the Canadian government’s Global Affairs Committee (GAC). Without the generous support of our donors, NAFE would not be able to reach all of our current beneficiaries.
As part of the women and youth economic empowerment project in the Jordan Valley, NAFE received members of MEDA on February 6, 2019, for a visit to learn about the projects that have been implemented in Jordan and funded by the Canadian government.
The delegation visited NAFE’s partner organization in Al-Sheikh Hussein in the Northern Jordan Valley region, where they were received by NAFE CEO Rania Hayouk and members of the Al-Sheikh Hussein Charitable Association. The visit included a meeting with savings and loans groups that were beginning to implement the first step of the project.
They also attended an interactive theater performance that addressed current societal issues regarding gender-based violence (GBV). Many local women participated in the performance, and these women are also part of NAFE’s project that supports women from poor areas of Jordan in producing and selling handcrafted goods.
Hayouk noted during this visit that this project is part of the organization’s broader projects to integrate more women into the labor market and to encourage youth to develop their skills and participate in society in a meaningful way.
The MEDA team expressed their delight in seeing the preliminary results of the implemented projects and their desire to support current and future development initiatives and projects through continued funding.