We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
The Building Peace by Building Homes delegation arrived in Amman in the late afternoon of Saturday, May 26th. Over our first dinner in Jordan at our hotel in Swefieh, we discussed our expectations for the trip: to experience life in a Jordanian village, to be of service to a family in need, to do some hard, hands-on work, and to practice Arabic.
Later that evening, we set out on foot to explore the neighborhood. There were stores selling fruit, candies, hookahs, as well as familiar businesses with unfamiliar scenery – such as this Starbucks. To our surprise, most of the billboards we saw as we wandered through Amman were either for Snickers or Burger King.