Anera Helps Disabled Children of Sukhneh, Jordan
American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) is pleased to announce the implementation of a project to help disabled children of Sukhneh Camp and the town of Sukhneh. The year-long, three-phase program will identify 100 cases of hearing and visual impairment and other physical disabilities and provide appropriate diagnostic and rehabilitation services. It will also include an awareness campaign and training workshops for parents.
ANERA is developing the program in cooperation with Ladies of Sukhneh Society and the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf -- a leader in the field of deaf education -- and its network of service providers.
Sukhneh Camp was established in 1969 near Zarqa, about 50 miles north of Amman. It is home to 7,000 Palestinian refugees. Surveys indicate that residents with disabilities are numerous. The UNRWA camp has one health center with a doctor who comes three days a week. There is no community rehabilitation center, specialists or private clinics to treat the disabled. The town of Sukhneh has 18,000 residents and limited health services.
“With these services, ANERA hopes to remove some of the isolation of these children who endure disabilities and live in the poverty of a refugee camp,” explained ANERA president Bill Corcoran.
ANERA is currently expanding its programs in Jordan, which include after-school activities for Iraqi and Jordanian youth and the distribution of educational supplies and hygiene kits.
For more than 40 years, ANERA has been a leading provider of development, health, education and employment programs to Palestinian communities and impoverished families throughout the Middle East. In FY 2009, the relief and development agency delivered $50 million of programs to the people of the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan.
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