In celebration of World Water Day, we visited Souf and Ein Rahoub springs

Ein Rahoub by Mohammad Asfour

Last week, The Public Action Project, a USAID project that aims to help promoting water and energy conservation and preservation behaviors in Jordan, planned two trips: On Wednesday we went to Souf’s town in Jerash, and on Thursday we visited Rahoub and Al Moghayyer in Irbid. The trips were organized to bring a group of journalists, youth, bloggers and environmental activists, all eager to go visit those springs in these lovely towns, document the effect of water shortages and depletion, and interact with the local communities in order to record their stories and bring them out to the public on the world water day this upcoming Thursday 22th, March.

One our way, we realized that this is probably the best time of the year to go sight seeing around the country. The scenery was so beautiful with green fields on all sides. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit cold and pretty wendy.

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Train the Trainers Training program for Jordanian Organizations


Round one: March 25th to March 29th, 2012 (5 days)

Round two: April 1st to April 5th, 2012 (5 days)

Venue: Crown Plaza Hotel, Amman- Dana meeting room

The USAID Public Action for Water, Energy and Environment Project is cordially inviting you to a “Train the Trainers” Training Program at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Amman- Dana meeting room. This generic ‘Training of Trainers’ course is a five day participatory course. Its major goals are to provide participants with the opportunity to acquire and practice skills in designing, developing and delivering  the most professional training programs using current adult learning theory and new knowledge about how the brain works. Participants, at the end, will be proficient in all forms of training, and will be able to make important and critical input in the design of training materials and to conduct training in their specific technical fields.

The workshop expert trainer is Deborah Laurel an international training expert. Ms. Laurel has more than 35 years of professional experience as a training consultant, facilitator, and curriculum designer. She is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASCD). She is the Owner and President of Laurel and Associates, Ltd which is an international human resource development training and consulting firm that specializing in enhancing interpersonal dynamics within organizations, designing and presenting tailored participant-based training programs, and training and development services including training needs assessments, program design, curriculum and trainer manual design, program delivery, train-the-trainer certification, and program evaluation.

Ms. Laurel has 13 publications covering diverse training topics. Over her professional life, she has represented key training and organizational development institutions in the US and internationally.

PAP is offering two back-to-back “Train-the-Trainers” training programs to satisfy the need of its partners; first round will be from March 25th to March 29th, 2012 and the second round will be from April1st to April 5th, 2012. Both training programs will take place at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Amman- Dana meeting room.

Because space is limited and demand high for this training we encourage early registration by email to Registration window will close on March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm. When register please include the following details:

1. Full name (Forename, Middle Name, Surname)
2. Mobile No.
3. Organization & Title
4. You must identify the round you want to participate in (March 25th or April1st).

PAP is welcoming two representatives from each organization. Big organizations that include different centers can book a space for two representatives from each center/department.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Maha directly at 077-555-65-90.


A location based social game idea: The Flock

An idea for a location based game

It is funny when an idea hits my mind and occupy it for sometime. Usually it gets me all worked up, and most of the time it turns out not to be that original or feasible to implement. With time, I learnt to kick ideas out of my head, but I will never stop having good feelings about them, and if I won’t have the time or energy to implement them, I still can share them with other people who may.

Well, today I attended the Jordan Gaming Summit at the dead sea. I attended as a representative of my new job which is a social media specialist at Public Action Project. It is a USAID project that aims to help people in Jordan preserve and conserve our limited resources of water, energy along with protecting our environment by focusing on finding better ways to manage our solid waste. We basically give grants to local NGO’s who are willing to implement projects tackling these issues. Along with our new batch of requests for proposal we have in mind gaming as a good and fun tool to reaching a wide audience in the country.

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