IOCC continued its steady expansion in the Middle East in 2005 when it opened an office in Amman, Jordan. Since that time, IOCC has provided millions of dollars in Gifts-in-Kind, including medical supplies and pharmaceuticals donated through the Jordanian Ministry of Health to support hospitals and clinics around the country; blankets, quilts, hygiene kits, school kits and baby layettes for local charitable societies, churches and needy families through the Ministry of Social Development; and new textbooks for public school libraries and for correctional and rehabilitation centers through the Ministry of Education. IOCC also distributed wheelchairs and other equipment for persons with disabilities across the country.
In 2009, IOCC launched a new program to assist Iraqi refugees who are living in Jordan. The goal of the project, funded by Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, is to address the psychosocial and economic needs of Iraqi refugees living in Jordan, particularly children and women. Activities include art and drama therapy to reduce the lasting effects that displacement and migration have on Iraqi refugee children. Vocational training is also provided in the areas of computer literacy, English, and secretarial skills including typing. Emphasis is placed on providing training to female Iraqi refugees who are disproportionately underrepresented in the local workforce. These women also represent a large number of single-headed households.
Programs Prior to 2008
Other IOCC Jordan projects have included: rehabilitation of a sewing center for the Jordan River Foundation, which provided job training and generated income for women; equipping of the emergency clinic at Saint Luke Association for Medical Care/the Greek Orthodox Church in Amman; establishing a Special Education Class for Students with Learning Disabilities at the New Greek Orthodox School in Madaba City; and, establishing a small Dairy Products Factory in the Madaba Governorate.
Jordan stories from the archives
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