What's New at RC?

RC MENA finalist for UNHCR nansen refugee award and winner of beyond sport's sports for refugeeS award 

September 25, 2018

Last week, the UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) announced Reclaim Childhood as the Middle East and North Africa  regional finalist for the Nansen Refugee Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding work on behalf of forcibly displaced or stateless people. Reclaim Childhood was one of only four organizations selected globally for this honor. The UNHCR will host an award ceremony in Jordan in October for our coaches, program director, and other local stakeholders. Representatives also visited practice this summer -  check out the article and video that they produced to hear more from our participants and coaches!

Just one day later, we were announced as the Sport for Refugees Award winner, sponsored by Generation Amazing, at the Beyond Sport Global Awards in New York City. The Beyond Sport Global Awards celebrate organizations and individuals that use sport to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In its early years, Beyond Sport nominated Reclaim Childhood for Best New Project. Almost a decade later, we are honored to be recognized once again in this field.

The Nansen Refugee Award and the Sports for Refugees Award simultaneously recognize both Reclaim Childhood's work and the reality that the refugee crisis remains one of the most pressing issues of our time. We remain committed to continuing - and growing - the programming that Reclaim Childhood offers, starting with getting back on the field this past week to kick off our fall season.

RC Announces Executive director

June 20, 2018

We are pleased to announce Anna Barrett as the new Executive Director of Reclaim Childhood (RC). Anna will lead the organization in implementing our mission to empower girls and women in Jordan through sport and play. With nine years of experience in Sport for Development, most recently as the A Ganar Coordinator at Partners of the Americas, Anna has demonstrated a passion for and dedication to using the unique power of sports to improve lives. As an accomplished female athlete and coach, Anna represents the leadership that Reclaim Childhood seeks to inspire.

As Reclaim Childhood’s first Executive Director, Anna’s hiring is a meaningful step forward for our organization. She joins Reclaim Childhood at an exciting time. We continue to expand the number of girls that we serve, improve the quality and training of our local coaches in Jordan, and monitor and evaluate impact and outcomes of this work. As we prepare to welcome over 400 participants in our upcoming summer camp, we are also building a strong network of supporters, particularly among female leaders and athletes, in the United States and in Jordan. Amidst this growth, we are diligently focusing on the sustainability of our practices to ensure the long-term outlook for our mission and organization.  

In addition to A Ganar, Anna has consulted for PeacePlayers International and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, implemented programs for Soccer Without Borders and Grassroot Soccer, and worked as the assistant coach of the Tufts women’s varsity soccer team. Anna has a M.A. in international affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a member of the varsity soccer team. Anna will officially begin her tenure on July 9.

RC Hosts US Embassy Basketball Envoys

October 19, 2017

Female  coaches of the Reclaim Childhood organisation from east Amman and Zarqa on Thursday got together with former WNBA/NBA players for a coaching-for-coaches clinic where they learned drills from professionals with the aim of transferring them to the young girls in their communities.

Organised by the US embassy on the Riyadi Aramex court in west Amman, Thursday’s clinic was part of a one-week programme during which WNBA/NBA veterans Sue Wicks and Neal Meyer coached training sessions and held workshops for university physical education students, PE teachers from different governorates, and youth from local basketball clubs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education... [Read more]

RC coach Reem Wins UN Humanitarian Award

August 20, 2017

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Jordan has awarded its 2017 Youth Empowerment Award award to RC's Reem Nyaz for her work empowering Syrian girls in the aftermath of the US travel ban.  

Reem herself and her family were preparing for their resettlement in Arkansas before the ban came down. But in February 2017, her hopes were destroyed. Instead of despairing, Reem redoubled herself to her work at RC, expanding her coaching to dozens of new cases in the Marka Janoobia and Marka Shemalia neighborhoods, and training herself in case management to better serve her players. The RC team is proud to see Reem get the recognition she deserves!

RC Represented at Europe Peace and Sport 2017 forum

December 6, 2017

US Director Maddie Ulanow and Jordan Director Jessie Wyatt were honored to represent Reclaim Childhood at the 2017 European Peace and Sport forum. 

According to the forum organizers, the Peace and Sport conference is the largest global event convening the world of sport for peace. Each year, the Forum has united more than 600 major decision-makers from over 110 countries including Head of States, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, sports governing bodies and high level athletes, international organizations, NGOs and academia.

Ulanow and Wyatt (pictured here with a partner from Modarraba - Morocco) were excited to learn more about Peace and Sport around the world and learn from international actors in the field.

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