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.
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.
The project is necessary for our physical and mental health, but also for our survival. It’s part of a long-term vision of the future that we can embrace. The environment is as much a priority as political issues and conflicts in the region. Plants are alive, like us, and we need to take care of them like we take care of ourselves and each other. “Don’t forget to drink water and get some sun because you’re basically a plant with more complicated emotions”.
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.
Greening the Camps is a magical journey with other living things, a journey of survival and change.
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.
“Earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to Earth.”
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.
Greening the camps is from people for people. Awesome people from all over the world come together and move rocks to bring greenery into concrete jungles, to give people an opportunity and happiness. Back to the roots, plant your own food and you’ll know what matters in life: healthy plant, healthy you.
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 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.
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.