Improving daily life in Rasoun

We provided support to Rasoun, a Jordanian village located near the border with Israel, from 2007 through 2009. During a May 2015 visit to the country, Brigitte Audy and Mary-Lisa Durban were able to see how life in Rasoun has changed.

We worked with the Jordan River Foundation and Orange Jordan to improve daily life for village residents. As is the case for all Villages programme projects, funding was provided to promote access to healthcare, education and culture.

Thanks to our support, the village of Rasoun underwent a series of transformations. The school was renovated to improve education for girls and a daycare centre was created to care for children while their mothers are at work. A new healthcare centre was also inaugurated, and the village doctor was provided with new equipment and trained to use it. A major step in improving healthcare access for local residents, particularly women.

A key role for women

In addition to support for education and healthcare, we focused on women and their personal development. Brigitte Audy, General Secretary of the Orange Foundation, and Mary-Lisa Durban, Philanthropy Manager for Europe and the Middle East, visited Rasoun in May 2015. They were able to see for themselves the resources invested to better residents’ daily lives.

>>>Photos taken during their trip to Rasoun, May 2015

Entrance of the village healthcare centre
Entrance of the village healthcare centre
In front of the entrance to the Rasoun daycare
In front of the entrance to the Rasoun daycare

The Rasoun Cooperative, a symbol of our support, gives women access to training and funding to create their own micro-businesses in the village. It is still in operation, and encourages the creation of businesses (grocery stores, multi-product shops, etc.) and jobs, especially for women.
In supporting all of these initiatives, we are proud of the ways that daily life has changed for residents of Rasoun, especially women. "I am thrilled to see female entrepreneurship developing in the village, thanks to support from the Orange Foundation," says Mary-Lisa Durban. She adds, "I met a woman who opened a drugstore in the village. It’s doing really well and she is proud to be able to provide for her children."

Six years after the village received our support, the daily lives of Rasoun residents have significantly improved. Access to healthcare and education has been made easier and women have asserted their position within the village.

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