MEET OUR TEAM

AMMAN

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Wala'a Al-Samarae

Coach & Teen Mentor

Wala'a joined the RC team in the summer of 2016. She also co-leads the Qudrati Teen Leadership Program and is the mother of a RC participant. Wala’a first arrived in Jordan as an Iraqi refugee and serves as a link between RC and the Iraqi refugee community. Outside of RC, she spends time mastering her English. 

MAFRAQ

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Wajed Abul Roos

 Coach

Wajed, originally from Syria, joined the RC team in 2022. In school, she participated in every athletic activity she was offered, sparking her love for sports. She has experience lecturing on the development of social skills and enjoys drawing and writing poetry. She is passionate about continuing to improve herself as an athlete and a leader with RC.

ZARQA

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Wala'a Abu Shihab

Head Coach

Wala’a is one of RC’s longest-serving coach and hails from Jordan. She is currently the Zarqa Head Coach and has previously served as a Qudrati Teen Leadership program mentor. An avid soccer player, Wala’a also works for the Waldorf School as a physical education teacher.

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Bushra Hamki

Coach

Bushra, originally from Syria, joined the RC team in 2022. She is a previous RC participant and graduate of the Qudrati teen leadership program. As a coach, she loves working with children for their ability to fuel everyone around them with energy, love, and motivation. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and photography.

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Emtyaz Elimat 

Coach

Emtyaz is a Jordanian coach who joined RC in 2022. She is a soccer player and holds coaching certificates from various international organizations and local federations. She shares her love for soccer with our RC participants and is a strong believer in equal opportunities for girls and women in sports. 

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Rasha Al-Ghuwari

Coach & Teen Mentor

Rasha first joined RC in 2016 and, although she is Jordanian, she recruits the most diverse group of participants in Zarqa. In Fall 2018, she became a mentor for the Qudrati Teen Leadership program and works tirelessly to give girls access to resources that will help them thrive off the field. Her daughter is also a participant in the program.

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Elham Khaled

Coach

Elham, born in Yemen to Somali parents, graduated from RC as a participant in 2018 and officially joined the RC coaching team in Amman in 2022. She is eager to learn and break norms for refugees living in Jordan in order to pursue her dreams. Elham loves to dance and create Zumba choreography. Through her seasons of RC, Elham particularly enjoyed playing Frisbee.

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Bayan Fheli 

Coach

Bayan, originally from Syria, joined RC in 2022. She graduated with a degree in hotel and tourism management, worked with several local organizations over the past few years, and volunteered with ActionAid to raise awareness among women about early marriage. In her free time, she enjoys doing cardio, swimming, singing, and playing the Oud.  

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Razan Gazawi

Coach

Razan first joined RC as a participant in 2017. She graduated from the Qudrati Teen Leadership program the next year and joined the RC staff in Zarqa in the summer of 2019. Originally from Syria, Razan  serves as a connector between RC and the Syrian participants in Zarqa. She can usually be found working with RC's youngest participants.

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Fathia Musse

Coach & Teen Mentor 

Fathia, originally from Somalia, joined the Amman Team in Summer 2018. Since Fall 2018, Fathia has also mentored in our Teen Leadership Program and currently acts as the coordinator. Outside of RC, Fathia loves learning and is currently pursuing an online degree from Rutgers University in case management.

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Bara Ghanem

Coach

Bara joined the RC team in 2022. She has a Bachelor’s degree in physical education, a fitness training certificate from the Ministry of Youth, and holds a black belt in Taekwondo. Bara loves to dance and be active. She strives to help refugee girls feel integrated in the Mafraq community through the power of sports.

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Yasmine Owaimer

Coach & Teen Mentor

Yasmine, a Gazan refugee who has lived in Jordan her whole life, was one of RC's earliest participants. After graduating, Yasmine volunteered with the RC program before becoming the first former participant to join the staff in 2018. She currently serves as a Qudrati Teen Leadership mentor, and her two younger sisters also participated in RC.

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Heba Sawafhah

Zarqa Coach

Heba is the newest Jordanian coach in Zarqa. She joined the team in Summer 2019 when she was thrown into the chaos of working with the oldest group of girls at camp. Now, Heba, full of energy and humor, excels at connecting with girls of all ages.

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Rima Yacoub

Jordan Program Director

Rima joined the Reclaim Childhood team in June 2020. She has worked with various national and international NGOs and has experience employing sports for development and female empowerment. She graduated with an M.B.A from the German Jordanian University and a B.A. from the University of Jordan. Rima is an active Jiu Jitsu competitor, and she hopes to share her love of martial arts with RC participants!

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Afra'a Qahtan

Coach

Afra’a, originally from Iraq, joined the RC team in July 2020. Outside of RC, Afra’a is currently working to earn her BA in Medical Analysis. She is an accomplished badminton player, winning multiple local championships, and she also enjoys playing soccer and chess. She is passionate about volunteering in her community, and she inspires a love of sports for girls at RC.

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Heba Sawaftah

Coach

Heba is the newest Jordanian coach in Zarqa. She joined the team in Summer 2019 when she was thrown into the chaos of working with the oldest group of girls at camp. Now, Heba, full of energy and humor, excels at connecting with girls of all ages.

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Rima Yacoub

Jordan Program Director

Rima joined the Reclaim Childhood team in June 2020. She has worked with various national and international NGOs and has experience employing sports for development and female empowerment. She graduated with an M.B.A from the German Jordanian University and a B.A. from the University of Jordan. Rima is an active Jiu Jitsu competitor, and she hopes to share her love of martial arts with RC participants!

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Anna Barrett

Executive Director

Anna joined the Reclaim Childhood team in 2018 after working with sport for development organizations in South Africa, the U.S., and across Latin American and the Caribbean. Anna graduated with a M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a member of the soccer team. 

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Reena Nimri

Program Associate

Reena joined the RC team in February of 2022 with a passion for gender equality, women's rights, and multiculturalism. She graduated with her BA from Hashemite University and pursued her MA in Hungary. Reena also volunteers in a Dabkeh folk band to spread the Jordanian culture and music through dancing.