For how long does Ahel coach a campaign? 

The time to accompany each campaign differs based on the campaign objective, and the need of its leadership. However, our objective is to decrease and stop coaching the campaigns as they build their leadership and collective capacity. The longest campaign we have coached is 3 years and the shortest we have coached is 6 months.

Campaigns Coached

Community Based Organizations

Ahel’s long term impact is with community based organizations or human rights organizations that apply some or all of the community organizing framework and practices to their operation. Ahel partnered with Ruwwad Al Tanmieyeh in Jordan, and trained all of its staff on organizing. With Ruwwad’s guidance and Ahel’s coaching, the Jabal Natheef community led and succeeded in two campaigns: : 6 Minutes For Reading Campaign and : ​Safe Homes Campaign to prevent physical abuse of children at home. Ahel also invested in forming and training an in-house community organizing team. Remarkable is that Ruwwad’s board of directors decided in its 2011 strategy meeting decided to adopt community organizing as the approach that will grow leadership and power of its constituency to achieve the change they seek. 

 **Click here to read Harvard University case study of the Six Minutes Campaign

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Women’s Rights

Ahel coached three campaigns dealing with women’s rights in Jordan. ​Ayna Naqef (Where Do We Stand?) is specifically to encourage parents not to relinquish their right over their murdered daughter to protect her brother or cousin who murdered her in the name of “honour”. Sadaqa (Friendship) is to ensure that Article 72 of the labour law is applied. The article necessitates private companies need to establish a daycare center if it has more than 20 women employees with 10 children under 4 years old.

Workers’ Rights

Qom Ma Almoalem Campaign (Stand Up with the Teachers) for pay equity is a workers rights campaign in Jordan and Ahel’s longest project. Ahel has been coaching and training this campaign for the past three years and the campaign has been achieving successes and continuing with stride. Recently, Ahel added a popular education program to complement its public narrative and community organizing support to the campaign. Ahel is now working with Qom Ma Almooalem to move it from a campaign to a movement present in 4 cities in Jordan.

** Click here to read Nisreen Alami case study about Ahel’s coaching to Stand Up with the Teachers

Rights of People with Disability

Ahel ran a public narrative workshop with the 20 leaders of the Takafo campaign to collectively articulate the values that bring them together and build a stronger team spirit between them. The public narrative workshop came at a juncture in their campaign where they just won their demands with the ministry of interior pertaining to elections. The story of now specifically helped them clarify their call to action at that juncture. More recently, Ahel ran a couple of public narrative workshops for people with disability whose collective action revolves around making work spaces accessible to people with disability.

Ahel ran a public narrative with a group of university students with disability that motivated them to action. After the workshop, a core team was established to lead a campaign in the university of Jordan demanding accessibility and equal rights. Sar Waqth (It’s Time) organized teams of students in a series of actions that led the university to respond to their demands. Although the campaign was successfully completed, it should be replicated and scaled in all universities. Not only because it presented a good model, but also because it is incredibly needed.

Freedom & Anti Discrimination

Ahel started this field of its work with a campaign called Love in the Time of Apartheid. The campaign was to resist Israeli discrimination laws and policy that prohibit family unification of a Palestinian from Israel married to a Palestinian from anywhere else. The campaign lasted for a year in which the issue was highlighted at an international level especially when they organized a wedding at the checkpoint.

After that Ahel entered in a coaching and training relationship with the Prawer Won’t Pass campaign in the Negev to prevent the passing of a draft law destined to confiscate thousands of dunums and expel 70k people from their homes. 

**Click here to read Beautiful Rising’s documentation of Prawer Won’t Pass 

Once Prawer Won’t Pass campaign was won, a group of activists in the north asked Ahel to support them launch a campaign to encourage the Druze youth to resist the obligatory army service. Orfod Shaabak Bi7meik (Resist and Your People Will Protect You) is the name of the campaign and it is ongoing to date.

With one of the organizers of Orfod, Ahel trained and coached a campaign to build a community of Palestinian students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Sayr and Sayroura campaign is power with campaign led by youth not only to support each other, protect their identity but also influence the university especially in a time when the university restricted Palestinian political organizing on its campus. 

Ahel also trained and coached a campaign for Palestine out of Jordan, Al Aqsa Kul Al Sur Campaign that was facilitated by the Jerusalem Cultural Forum to create knowledge about the 144km2 of AlAqsa as well as to urge the Ministry of Religious Affairs to protect AlAqsa.

Refugee Rights

Ahel coached and trained Tabek Nithamak Campaign (Implement Your Laws) in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. The campaign demands that the PLO implements its bylaws and organize elections to choose the refugee camp committees. Two years ago, Ahel partnered with Habaq in AlHosson Camp in Jordan to train and build grassroots leadership organizing for the cleanliness and hygiene of the camp after UNRWA decreased the number of workers there due to loss of funding. Currently, Ahel is coaching a community campaign facilitated by Women Now in Lebanon where Syrian men and women refugees are organizing themselves against early marriage in their communities under the name Lissatna Sghar (We Are Still Young).

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Ahel supports community groups and organizations that lead collective action to bring about change for freedom, justice and protection of human rights