Urwa Ahmad Mehrem, New Day

Urwa Ahmad Mehrem, New DayUrwa came to us from our flow fund partnership with Youth for Environmental Sanity.  His project is to engage the community to clean up and beautify special neighborhood in Amman, Sahab, Jordan.  The neighborhood is full of stereotypes, bad habits and daily routines. The street is dirty, ignored from development organizations and devoid creativity and street culture. Urwa and the New Day project wishes to bring positive change to the street by bringing residents together to clean the street, paint wall murals ,build a bench, plant flowers and trees and put up a basketball court.  This neighborhood is important because it is where children walk on their way to school, where people pass to get to the mosque and playground.  It is a prime point of inspiration.   People in this town have never experienced such change in a street.  When the project is successful, it will be, according to Urwa, “an invitation to leave the TV and be a part of the street-culture, an invitation to change the air we breathe, to share and feel equal, to help the street voice to develop, to build upon peoples’ knowledge, and to return power to the street.”

GRANT AWARD DATE:  MARCH 20, 2013