Leen expresses: “This is the least I can do to give back to my community. If it weren’t for the opportunities, I received at the age of eleven participating in sports activities, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Leen, or ‘Ms. Leen’ as the participants at the Riadati sessions prefer to call her, is a university graduate who volunteers her time and effort to contribute to the community of Sahab, Amman. At Balcony Centre Community Based Organisation (CBO), she witnessed firsthand the transformative power of sport in changing lives. Today, she reflects on how her participation in Riadati not only contributes to improving physical health but also enhances the psychosocial well-being of young participants.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in English language from the University of Jordan, Leen is currently unemployed but remains determined to devote her time to Riadati sessions, motivated by her desire to give back to her community.

“I totally understand where the children come from; I was in their position ten years ago,” Leen says with a big smile on her face.

Recognising the profound impact and the safe space that the sport sessions designed by Generations For Peace (GFP) provide, Leen embarked on a mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Riadati’s participants. Working alongside 18 volunteers across the Kingdom, she implements Riadati sessions to support youth affected by displacement and their host communities.

Riadati, implemented by GFP with support from Olympic Refuge Foundation (ORF), aims to improve mental health and psychosocial well-being of 15,000 displacement-affected Syrian, Palestinian, and Jordanian youth through sport. The Programme was launched in 2022 and will continue over the span of three years. Riadati will enable equal number of female and male children and youth to engage in high-quality sport activities. The sessions are delivered in partnership with Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), the UNICEF-supported Makani Centres, and during the Summer Camps organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Jordan School Sports Federation (JSSF).