The Olive Harvest, a painting by Sliman Mansour, a contemporary Palestinian artist whose work visually expressions the concept of resistence.
The Founding of the Rehabilitation & Welfare Society
The late Mohamed Ayyash Mulhim, lawyer and labor rights advocate, established the Rehabilitation & Welfare Society (Rewell Society) as a charity organization focused on combating poverty and unemployment.
The idea for the Society came forth in the wake of the First Gulf War when hundreds of thousands of Jordanians lost their jobs and livelihood in the state of the Arabian Gulf and returned to Jordan.
Between 1995 and 1997, the Society introduced courses for women to train them as executive secretaries. This had helped many find jobs in public and private organizations. The program was done through cooperation with the Al Wasfiya Center for Training, and it resulted in graduating 28 women at a cost of JD10,000.
In another program the Society engaged Al Fadi Center to discount costs for training and qualifying Jordanians in the Travel & Tourism sector.
No Time to Waste: Rewell Soceity Hits the Ground Running
The newborn society went to action immediately after its establishment, electing its first Executive Committee. The Society signed an agreement of cooperation with the Vocational Training Association of Jordan. The cooperation resulted in devising short-term training courses in the Jordanian governorates of Tafileh, Karak, Irbid, Zarqa and Amman. The training courses covered most of the Association’s 41 vocational disciplines.
The courses offered programs for training low skilled labor, training for job hunters and training for higher qualifications.
Advocating Labor Rights
The Society partnered with the EU to strengthen the Jordanian labor movement capabilities through labor rights, education, legal guidance and organizing. More than 1000 female and male trainees, 136 trainers and 595 from civil and union leaders enrolled in vocational training programs.
Rewell Society Intensifies Publicity
To solve the Society's narrowing financial resources, we started organizing charity events. This also helped create a much needed publicity for our work in local circles. The most memorable of these events were a charity dinner under the patronage of the late Prince Zaid ben Shaker; a fashion show in Philadelphia Hotel; a photography exhibition about Jordan under the patronage of HRH Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein; a charity dinner under the patronage of HRH Prince (then) Abdulla Ben Al Hussein.
Learning the Democratic Process
With the support of the European Union Commission in Jordan, the Society completed the “Democratic Electoral Process Support Project”. The Project's target-audience were male and female students from community colleges and universities of the age group 18 to 22. Over 1,288 male and female students attended the training programs in 8 governorates in Jordan. The training focused on human and political rights; training trainers; managing campaigns, and changing attitudes toward the democratic process.
Rewell Society Loses its Great Leader
For the many thousands touched by the life of lawyer-activist Mohammed Ayyash Mulhim, the day of his passing on the 26th of June was indeed a sad day in the Summer of 2015. Mulhim's extended family counted the poor, the dispossessed, the underclass and the voiceless masses across the Arab world. For decades on end Mulhim had worked silently and relentlessly, exploiting his vast network of bankers, influencers, politicians and other powerful Arabs, for the goodwill of the common people.
Wherever he landed, he applied his legal knowledge and expertise to change the lives of the people to the better. He advocated education, gender equality, the right to organize and unionize and labor rights. He challenged widespread injustice, and helped organize communities into stronger and more effective entities across the Middle East - from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to Palestine and Jordan. The endless eulogies pouring in from around the Middle East in his wake and the many voices praising his achievements and work attest to the great legacy Mulhim has left behind.
Society Restructures & Rebrands as Rewell Society
The eldest son of Mohammed Mulhim, Hazem (Founder & CEO of the Multinational company Eastnets), champions Rewell Society's cause as its new Chairperson. The Society elects a new Executive Committee of Jordanian influencers and is renamed Rewell Society to reflect its core strategy of helping Jordanians find wellness and empowerment through work. The Society sets an ambitious strategy for its charity work to carry out the legacy of its founder. Rewell Society expands its presence in social media, developing a Facebook page and a new website under the domain name Rewellsociety.org.