Recent events in the region have led to the displacement and fragmentation of communities, and have left many young people without a connection to their cultural heritage. Turquoise Mountain is working with children and families to support them in the regeneration of their heritage practices through hands-on activities.

Turquoise Mountain runs a cultural heritage outreach programme with Syrian children in Azraq and Zaatari refugee camps, in partnership with Mercy Corps. This two-month cycle is built around the concept of the Syrian house. By building a model of a house, the children engage in discussion with the facilitators as well as their parents, and can try their hand at embroidery or Islamic geometric design as they decorate their piece.

Over the past two years, Turquoise Mountain has also been running outreach programmes in different communities across Jordan, such as Amman, Zarqa and Mafraq. These programmes have a broader focus and look at heritage from a regional perspective, creating opportunities for inter-community dialogue. Here, the participants are from Jordan, Syria or Palestine, and they work as groups on activities such as mosaic-making and embroidery, exchanging traditions and stories.