“Perhaps you are searching amongst the branches, for that which can only be found at the roots”.
Jalal Al-Din Rumi
The concepts of Good Neighbouring "Mujaawarah" and wellbeing "Aafiah" are central to our vision. "Mujaawarah" underlines the power that people have when they come together in solidarity and compassion, regardless of physical resources, modern technology or certificates, degrees and qualifications.
"Aafiah" highlights a holistic sense of wellbeing, referring to fostering a personal and communal sense of achievement and empowerment, rather than external measures of success or progress.
Since 2018, JOHUD has worked closely with Dr. Munir Fasheh, the Palestinian teacher and activist, whose pioneering work around the "Mujaawarah" philosophy calls into question the value of development and educational thinking in today’s modern world. Instead of relying on the decontextualized knowledge and mass education of largely western systems, "Mujawarah" offers a tangible and transformational opportunity for communities to come together to seek solutions. It enters into a meaningful dialogue, while celebrating authentic local identity, knowledge and culture. Munir's involvement with communities and our own centres has generated a powerful vision of people-centred local activism and engagement that lies at the heart of JOHUD’s own values and beliefs.