Greening the camps is an idea that got out of control. It is a dream that has become practice. It is a realisation of theory and research by design. Imagined by the brains and built by the hands of many volunteers, this incremental project carries a tangible vision for a green and common future of plenty for all.
This project creates a necessary awareness about the poor conditions in the region. Working actively together with a community on topics that are dear to me is a very enriching experience. Positively improving women’s and youth’s self esteem by creating a green open space where they can develop themselves, building on a more sustainable way of living and creatively working together on a greener environment and a healthier diet are challenging but rewarding.
What is really important for me in this project is awareness. By building the first garden in Amman we were able to attract a lot of volunteers, who were in Jordan just to spend their holiday. Some of them also joined us to Jerash Camp, and some of them decided to come back after their holiday to volunteer for longer periods. To see people whose first priority was having a good time during their holiday give up some time to help us build these green spaces and opening themselves up to learn more about people’s situations in the camp has been an amazing motivator for me in this project.
This project is pushing me one step away from a system that is destroying our beautiful earth. And moving forward to push this system away from it.
This project merges two passions of mine: permaculture and helping people in need. Through this project I am able on one hand to enrich my permaculture knowledge and skills and in the other providing people with the space and skills to live an independent and sustainable lifestyle.
I fell in love with the project, because it succeeds in reviving the cultivation of own crops while combining ordinary methods with modern forms of urban agriculture and reusing material that people consider as garbage. The full engagement of the community makes this project unique. Accompanying families from the construction of the garden over harvesting the first vegetables to finally cooking delicious recipes creates space where volunteers and inhabitants meet on equal footing to share knowledge and experience.
My motivation to be part of Greening the Camps came first from my passion towards farming and finding new solutions to support people in this sector. And also, this project is a focused matter solving. It helps people who are really in need and who do not have the resources to do it by their own.
The project for me is about seeding love and watching it grow. Then we will harvest love and of course food!
I remember walking in the garden. In the spur of the moment an immense wave of positivity swiftly wrapped me, as if the plants ever reached to my mind and soul. Plants to me are a symbol of consciousness; despite our inability to clearly define it. If consciousness is what gives life to our soul – then plants, physically and spiritually, give us life in its purest form and in all its transience.
This project is a revolution. It’s one of the effective ways to overcome capitalism, become producers instead of consumers, live green and healthy.
I joined the project because I believe in the immense political powers that communities can have and in the big role that gardens can play to make communities more tightly knit, and therefore make people more active political agents.
It was my first day in Jordan. I simply could not say “no” to the shiny eyes of Machiel and Joric who were just about to storm Jadal’s rooftop. It was fantastic to get dirty and help to set the project on its journey. I wish you lots of success and many more rooftops to come.
Who could resist working with such a genuine, kind, and inspirational group of individuals; and in a country as beautiful as Jordan. Greening the camps is a truly unique and captivating project, built upon the celebration of nationalities joining hands to bring beauty and joy in a time of need.
Each project is like a seed: the construction of the rooftop gardens does not end in itself, simply improving the physical conditions of the camp, but it becomes a gathering place where the local community can grow its awareness of the environmental issue and find in urban farming an opportunity for self-empowerment.
What I love about this project is it involves both humanitarian and environmental aspects, which provides me a different perspective during my internship in human rights NGO here in Jordan.
I was so lucky to be a part of the project from the very beginning and have been able to see how it has grown into a beautiful, substantial and green gardening project. The people are inspiring and innovative, which creates a special vibe and atmosphere. I especially enjoyed the focus on collaborations with the local people in the project. Wish you all the best!
“Earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to Earth.”
I have decided to be part of Greening The Camps because I love practical, creative ways of helping others.
I like the project because it’s real and practical. Greening the Camps tackles important issues by engaging the community instead of just sending money to displaced people.
This project provides open work space for many people and it made me passionate about plants because of its simplicity in creating a useful green space.
What I love about this project is that it connects people with nature. No matter where in the world, we should be using local resources in a sustainable way. Greening the Camps empowers people to improve the quality of their lives by providing them access to something so simple: the tools to grow their own food.
Since we cut down most of the trees, dried out most of the rivers and covered everything in cement, we owe our planet to green at least our roofs.
Quoting a famous representative of the Permaculture movement: “you can solve all of the world’s problems in a garden”. That is why I firmly believe in ‘greening the camps’ mission and I am proud to be part of this initiative.
I’m part of Greening The Camps to do one’s bit to make the cities greener and life more sustainable. Additionally I’m enjoying to build boxes and learn about gardening.
Plants are the future of this planet and Jerash Camp definitely needs some. Helping people to grow their own food, and showing them that it is possible even if they don’t own land, seems so precious to me. I feel very lucky to contribute to this amazing project.
Discovering the passion I have for nature and farming was the transition point in my life. Because of nature and farming I started to understand the need of being more a producer and less a consumer. I was fortunate enough to attend the opening day for the pilot project, I could see Greening The Camps project has the full potential to improve the situation of the people who is less fortunate by providing them healthy organic local food and teaching them about gardening and sustainability. Therefore I’m so glad to be a part of this creative team which has humanitarian environmental purpose.
The project aims to support Palestinian refugees by teaching them about gardening, sustainability and environmental consciousness. Since Palestinians in Jordan are still facing discrimination, exploitation and segregation, both socially and economically, I want to help people, who have not only lost their farming land but also have been displaced from their home.
This project is great, because you can eat healthy food that is not fertilised with chemicals and at the same time you upcycle “useless” material. The most important thing is that you make everything by your own. It’s a revival of traditional handcraft.
When I first read about the project I was immediately motivated. At that time I was searching for an internship within the context of sustainable development and this project seemed perfect. Machiel, Joric and Evi seem like friendly and motivated entrepreneurs and I could immediately start working. A healthy workplace where there’s room for creativity.
Since I did my master paper on the urban conditions of the Palestinian Refugee camp “Gaza Camp” near Jerash in Jordan, I’m a great supporter of the Palestinian case.
This project of creating gardens in the camps not only makes the camp a nicer and more beautiful place, it also helps the Palestinians to find pride in creating truly “Palestinian products”.
I believe it’s a great way to develop a green, sustainable, eco-friendly, healthy and positive future for the Palestinian