Hearing Aids for Refugee Children in Jordan
Support children with hearing disabilities in refugee camps to be fitted with hearing aids, significantly improving their communication, education, and self-esteem.
The ongoing conflict in Syria (since 2012) has resulted in more than 6 million Syrians fleeing to neighbouring countries and elsewhere. In fact, they are the largest single group of refugees in the world at this time.
The needs of people with disabilities are often not taken into account in the poorly-funded and stressed situations of refugee camps. That’s why, soon after Syrian families began arriving at Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan (which accommodates 80,000 refugees) the Diocese of Jerusalem’s Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (HLID) established an emergency relief and rehabilitation program for children with hearing disabilities in the camp. Five years later, the program expanded to Jordan’s Azraq Refugee Camp (40,000 refugees), assessing children for hearing difficulties and supplying those who needed them with hearing aids.
The Institute is very well-placed to do this work, as they are located in Salt, in Jordan’s north, within about two hours drive of each refugee camp. The Institute has eight specialist departments which provide K to 12 education leading to university and other further education, and its Deaf-Blind unit is the only such facility in the Arabic-speaking Middle East. This year, it will have been operating for sixty years.
The HLID focusses particularly on girls, since girls with disabilities are the most disadvantaged in the camps. They also provide this service to vulnerable children in the Jordanian hosting communities.
In 2024 the Institute hopes to assess more children for hearing difficulties and to fit those who need them with hearing aids.
Your donation to this project can make a world of difference to 20 of the world’s most vulnerable children, helping with their communication skills and self-esteem, and with their longer-term learning.
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. Waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.
– Isaiah 35.1-2a, 6b-7a
Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the living water
that cleanses and cools,
that freshens and that quenches thirst.
We give you thanks for all the ways
in which those who work with Anglican Development Services, Eastern
have learnt to look after their land and droughtproof it.
We rejoice in the way that farmers have been taught
to market their produce and gain additional income.
As COVID-19 and inflation have hit the Kenyan economy hard,
we celebrate the work of Anglican Development Services, Eastern
that has taught agricultural skills, land-care, and various crafts to the farmers
so that they can maintain their incomes,
purchase food and support their children.
We pray particularly for your blessing on all those
who make mats and handbags to sell
and on all who carry on with the work
of caring for the environment
and protecting the planet.
We ask this in your great and holy name.
In 2024 we hope to raise for this project:
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Your gift will be used to help our Sustainable Communities projects planned for this year.
Your donation will help ABM’s Anglicans in Development and our overseas church partners work with communities to combat poverty, overcome illiteracy, enable better access to clean water and sanitation, end gender-based violence, build equality, increase resilience to climate change and disasters and strengthen community-level leadership.
As noted, this is a tax-deductible project. All donations are in Australian dollars (AUD) and all gifts of $2 or more are tax-deductible.
Gifts are received by the trustee for the ‘Anglicans in Development Ltd’ ABN 86 647 293 481
Gifts will be applied to the support of projects selected. In the unlikely event of projects being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to similar projects.