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by Colin Campbell
Working A Refugee Crisis: Jordan

Episode 2: Maddie Ulanow (Reclaim Childhood) empowers refugee and local girls and women in Jordan to play sports, gain leadership skills, and receive psychosocial support


In our second episode we have a great conversation with Maddie Ulanow, the Jordan Country Director for Reclaim Childhood, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Amman, Jordan that seeks to empower refugee girls and local Jordanian women through sport and play. We talk about how Maddie came to Jordan, how much the RC girls love a unique of variety of sports including basketball, skateboarding, and squash, and we dissect life and traffic in Amman. We also delve into how funding cuts may affect her programs and how the new USA Syria refugees policy has impacted her coaches. Please NOTE that Maddie's interview represents her personal experiences and views, not the official views of the entire Reclaim Childhood organization.

ABOUT RECLAIM CHILDHOOD "We believe sport has the power to inspire confidence, hope and ambition in athletes. Team oriented games at all levels provide the psychosocial support necessary to improve self-esteem, strengthen peer relationships and foster leadership. Today, girls living in the Middle East have few opportunities to play sports. RC targets girls living in the most underserved communities in Jordan, including refugees from Syria, Iraq and Palestine." Reclaim Childhood operates regular after-school sports leagues and a month-long summer camp for girls ages 8 – 16, and coaching clinics for local adult women. Visit www.reclaimchildhood.org for more information or to donate to their programs.



by Colin Campbell