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Under the initiative “My City is Clean” Jordanians and Syrians work together cleaning public spaces, recycling urban waste, all in coordination with local authorities and cooperatives around Bani Obaid and Al Kurah districts in Irbid. Together with other activities such as door-to-door visits and school events, these campaigns aim to improve people’s awareness on the importance of sorting and recycling waste.
As a team leader, Areej makes sure that the women under her supervision are on time, wearing their safety gear and masks, and promptly cleaning their designated areas. She would divide the women into different groups where one would collect scraps while the other group would collect plastic, cardboard, or paper for recycling
One of Areej’s favorite moments while being Team Leader is seeing the inclusion between women and men, whether they were Syrians or Jordanians. Rather than worry about the negative things in their lives, “We focused on the unity we had as a team,” she said joyfully. “It eased my soul!”
She obtained the opportunity to meet new people while sharing her views on the importance of having women playing a key role in the workforce. “She can help change and better her household’s financial situation by earning a living, which is not a disgrace in my opinion.”
She hopes that more Syrians and Jordanians, both men and women, can put their differences aside and work together in harmony. She loved working side by side with her Syrian and Jordanian brothers and sisters and wishes everyone else can gain the same experience she gained while cleaning the streets of Irbid. “We established a bond of friendship with one another,” highlighted Areej. “There is no shame in working side by side with a Syrian,” she said proudly.
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