Reform Jordan: Making our country a better place for you and for me

Reform Jordan: Making our country a better place for you and for me
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A good friend of mine Ali Dahmash of Under My Olive Tree (http://www.undermyolivetree.com/) has shared some of his thoughts on Facebook highlighting that the recent attacks on Jordan and doubting the security and stability of the country can be handled if done properly. If anything we are all aware of the current Economic situation that everyone has been suffering from, but as Ali has simply referred to the current circumstance “Instead of complaining about the situation, we are here to create a dialogue with the people and the government on how we can work together to improve our country”.

While many might argue that pointing fingers to those responsible is easier than trying to fix something that is not exactly broken, that just seems like the easy way out. My mother has always told me since I was a little kid, when you point at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you, so instead of pointing fingers left and right and trying to hold other’s responsible perhaps the best change of reforming our beautiful country is to start within. I understand this is not lala-land, a rainbow with gummy bears dancing on it or simple a fairy tale, doing the right thing is usually harder than taking the easy exit out, so while am already here and writing away, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on this subject:

I think it’s time to give back to the community, sounds easy but as someone who has volunteered for many causes I know it’s harder than it sounds, it’s emotionally demanding, as there are many times when reaching out to the unprivileged can move you in ways and bring out emotions that you never you had to start with.

Everywhere I look, I look at advertisements, commercials, millions of Jordanian Dinars spent left and right to brand and cater to different segments of consumers in the markets, where I would like to see more Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) being implemented in Jordan.

While many may argue that CSR is something that is costly and not everyone is wiling to invest in, I believe CSR should start with individuals before it’s adapted in corporations. When was the last time you saw an old lady or a blind man standing on the side walk scared to cross the street and you got out of the car to help them out? Most of us just pass by and figure, someone else will do it.

While most of see the streets of Western Amman clean and well maintained and taken care of, have you stepped outside the boundaries of your closed community to see how other’s live in their communities? Broken crooked roads and streets? People living in houses with no roofs barely covered in aluminum shields? Can barely afford a living, basic clothes and food? How about we stop contributing to huge NGO’s and start serving our community as a whole instead of targeted communities. Don’t get me wrong, many of those NGO’s have great causes but their causes are targeted to a certain segment of our society. It’s time to take a step back and look at the picture as a whole.

Be your own citizen, feel good about your self and make a difference in someone else’s life. If you’re clothes have outgrown you, don’t give them to an organization that will act as they see fit, go out on your own and meet families outside your community, communicate with them and listen to them, even if it’s something that you can do for a couple of hours a week. Maybe help a student who goes to public school with his/her English because you know very well that their parents won’t be able to tutor them.

It’s the small things that matter than can make a difference, CSR Policies for corporations need to serve a better purpose beyond advertising, but unless we start with the little things that will make a difference tomorrow, next week and next year, we won’t have a reformed future that will make Jordan a better place.

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Director of Digital Marketing Strategy by Day, Blogger by Night. Mother to my lovely Hana and a food addict.

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  1. “Be your own citizen, feel good about your self and make a difference in someone else’s life. If you’re clothes have outgrown you, don’t give them to an organization that will act as they see fit, go out on your own and meet families outside your community, communicate with them and listen to them, even if it’s something that you can do for a couple of hours a week. Maybe help a student who goes to public school with his/her English because you know very well that their parents won’t be able to tutor them.”

    I love this statement because.. It’s simple. These words can be understood and performed by anyone. There is always something, somewhere,somehow that each individual can initiate themselves to use. To reach out to someone who is in need it takes one thing and one thing only.. Willingness. This willingness is being drowned by 2 things though. 1. Trust- will the person I help misuse my help? 2. Quantity- I don’t know what to do.

    When it comes to trust.. I don’t know what the man on the corner does with the money I give him, that’s between him and God if he uses it for wrong things. I don’t know if the woman I give my clothes to turns around and sells them to a resale shop, but I know I filled her need for her. I don’t know if the family I buy bags of groceries is secretly ungrateful because they might not like the selections I made. But i know that each one of the individuals I help are getting their needs met.

    There is always SOMEthing EVERY person can do. Nothing is too small.

    God Bless!
    Kelly

  2. Thank you ladies for your thoughtful insights, but I would like to add, that we must pray to be passionate when we help our community and be assured that what goes around comes around! Lets pray for God first to give us the the heart of serving others, the strength, the ability and the willingness to do so lovingly.

    It is essential not to expect anything back..My fellow Jordanians, we need God back into ourlives, I am not calling for a particular religion, not at all.
    When God is in your life and heart, He will implant the passion to do good and watch Him transform your life inside out, I believe what we really need is transformation first from within and then Reformation.

    God Bless,

    Majda A

  3. I can’t believe I am reading that the well off in Amman should consider giving the clothes they have outgrown – second hand clothes – to their poorer compatriots. I can’t think of anything more insulting. Don’t you think the not so well off would also like new clothes, as opposed to so stranger’s hand me downs? It’s like eating well from a plate and then offering the poor the left overs. Gross!

  4. Lara, Im not a Jordanian, but I agree with what you wrote. It has to start with us, and like Kelly wrote must begin within us. Regarding outgrown clothing, Im all for it ( I realize you used this just as an example), I myself have been BLESSED by hand-me-downs, all my children’s needs have been met through the generosity of others in this way. Where Im from ppl easily thrown things in the garbage, so Im very grateful they thought of me rather than just chuking it! Those who wouldnt want second had clothing , in my opinion, have a problem with pride and really, they are not in true need, for like someone I know said once: when you are hungry, ‘one lives on the scraps that fall under the table of those who do have!’ I have gone through periods of hunger, I know even then that I’d be willing to eat off the garbage- I have been in need, and I teach my children to be grateful for anything anyone gives us. Regarding what DEBBIE wrote, if we have the capacity to give new items, why not? There is no sin in giving second-hand-items and there is no sin in giving new items. JUST GIVE! Lets not demand of others, like Lara wrote, and sit on our rear-ends and do nothing.Dont demand of others that what we oursleves arent willing to do.
    May God help us carry out His work to help our brothers and sisters in Jordan and around the world!.
    Amanda

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