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Inside the Syrian Crisis: Social therapy in Jordan


Sabine Choucair shared International Rescue Committee‘s photo

An awesome social therapy project I did with International Rescue Committee. I love these girls so so so much

ps: In zaatari camp now, doing some other crazy lovely stuff with the women-mothers-sisters out there.

"They laughed again. Their self esteem is back."</p>
<p>Social therapy in Jordan for Syrian refugees. A video:

“They laughed again. Their self esteem is back.”

Social therapy in Jordan for Syrian refugees. A video:

Over 600,000 Syrian refugees are currently in Jordan, 80% of whom live in urban areas among Jordanian neighbors.

In February the International Rescue Committee organized a two-week social therapy workshop at our women’s center in the city of Irbid that brought together Syrian refugee teenagers and their Jordanian counterparts.

The program included dance, songs, storytelling, theater, community projects — and just clowning around.

“Most of the girls came with very low self-esteem,” said Sabine Choucair, who led the workshop. As a result of the program, she says, “they laughed again. Their self esteem is back.”

(Posted May 2014)

Learn more about the IRC’s work in Jordan


Your choice

No one can be responsible for where or how we each begin.

No one has the freedom to do anything or everything, and all choices bring consequences.

Habits are a choice

Giving is a choice

Reactions are a choice

Ideas are a choice

Connections are a choice

Reputation is a choice

The work is a choice

Words are a choice

Leading is a choice

What we choose to do next, though, how to spend our resources or attention or effort, this is what defines us.

Small differences, looming large

As we get more technologically advanced, more civilized and more refined, differences get smaller.

The Nikon SLR was in a different universe than the Instamatic.

Just about anyone could instantly see the differences between pictures taken with these cameras.

Taking pictures for online use with the Sony RX1 and the 80% less Canon pocket camera–not so much.

The rough peasant wine available on your table at a local restaurant was a totally different experience than a vintage Burgundy.

Thirty years after that vacation, it’s pretty tough (in a blind tasting) to tell the difference between a bottle that costs ten dollars at the local store and one that costs $200…

The speed difference between a Mac IIfx and a Commodore 64 was no contest.

One was for professionals, one was a game for kids. Today, there’s no dramatic functional difference for most users between the speed of the cheap Android tablet and the Mac Pro.

But of course, for those that care, the difference matters more than ever.

For those that care, the premium available to be paid for a better camera, wine or computer is actually far greater than it ever was before.

As the differences get smaller, the purely functional reasons for premium goods fade away, and instead they are purchased for the reason we’ve always purchased luxury goods: because of how they make us feel, not because of what they actually do.

The fur coat is not warmer than the down jacket, it’s merely harder to acquire.

Note: And to what luxury goods make us feel?  Is it related simply because harder to acquire? And why is it  so?  Less advertisements or expensive ads? Or acquired by the richer classes?




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