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AVSI in Jordan

Current and Recent Projects

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AVSI in Jordan

map JordanAVSI initiated activities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 2001. Education programming began with a distance support program, which paired sponsors in Italy with children in primary and secondary school. Sponsors covered the costs of school fees and corresponded with students throughout the year through exchange letters. Currently 372 children are enrolled in the distance support program at Latin Patriarchate Schools in Amman, Zarqa and Anjara.


AVSI's field office in Jordan opened in 2003, followed by a five year program to improve conditions for people with special needs through information communication and technology (ICT) tools. The project was funded by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP and implemented in partnership with local organizations, such as Al Hussein Society for Habilitation/Rehabilitation of the Physically Challenged (AHS), and local authorities. Major accomplishments include establishing eleven ICT centres and providing vocational training for PWDs.

In confirmation of the organization's success, in 2010 and 2011 AVSI was asked by two private companies, PepsiCo and Aramex, to refer persons with disabilities to be employed in their companies. With PepsiCo (operating as Jordan Ice and Aearated Water Company), AVSI developed a program to select PWDs through personal assessments carried out at a job fair and the subsequent development of a recommendation plan.


Additional programs were launched in 2009 and 2010, to increase protection and provide educational, recreational, vocational and health care for Iraqi refugees and vulnerable Jordanians. AVSI’s goal is to address the needs of the whole person including the needs of their family members. These programs are implemented in partnership with Caritas Jordan and include remedial classes (informal education) and trips to the museum for children, vocational training course in graphic design, sewing and others, and providing medicine.


In 2010, AVSI extended its target group, providing assistance to the Palestinian refugees in Jordan. Renovation of housing units and construction of a Multipurpose Centre in Sukneh camp improved the living conditions of Palestinian residents. Vocational training courses for people with special needs allowed the most vulnerable people to start income-generating activities.

To date, more than 2,500 children and adults have benefited from AVSI's programs in Jordan. By renovating schools and houses, supporting income generation and helping children succeed in school, AVSI is fulfilling its mission to support human development and promote the dignity of every person.

These accomplishments were made possible in part, through partnerships with the Jordanian government (AVSI is registered to the Ministry of Social Development since 2006), Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and organizations such as Latin Patriarchate Schools, Caritas Jordan, Mathnasium Centre, Al-Hussein Society, The Holy Land Institute for the Deaf and The Landmine Survivors Network.



Current and Recent Projects


Distance Support Program

Location: Amman, Zarqa and Anjara

Date: 2001-Present

Description: Sponsored children receive educational, medical and psycho-social support through an individualized relationship with an adult and both direct and indirect assistance. Currently 372 children are sponsored.

Major Donors: Private donations

Implementing Partners: Latin Patriarchate Schools


Examining humanitarian assistance for displaced Iraqis in Jordan

Date: 2010 –  2011

Description: 'Map' the humanitarian assistance for displaced Iraqis in Jordan during 2010. Conduct focus groups among Iraqi men and women in Zarqa, Hoson and Amman to deepen understanding of their needs. Collect and analyze donor requests for proposals concerning displaced Iraqis. Examine grantee reports, meeting minutes and related documents from the Working Groups. Disaggregate and utilize collected data to develop policy recommendations, to be delivered in a forum to UN agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders in May 2011.

Major Donors: Open Society Institute Foundation


Inclusion for persons with special needs into the workplace

Location: Amman

Date: 2010 – 2011

Description: Support Jordan Ice (PepsiCo) in the selection of Persons With Disabilities for their inclusion into the workplace. Prepare assessment forms to determine PWDs applicant’s strengths and needs for accommodation in the workplace. Support the interviewing of applicants during the job fair and develop a recommendation plan based upon the assessment and information provided by the applicant during the interview.

Partners: Jordan Ice and Aerated Water (PepsiCo Jordan), Medal


Emergency aid to support the integration of the Iraqi guests in Amman and suburbs

Location: Amman, Marka

Date: July 2010 – present

Description: Three pronged intervention in Education, Vocational training and Healthcare. In education: create summer school program and after school program providing recreational activities and remedial courses in English and Math for 120 Iraqi and Jordanian children from 6 to 15 years two schools in Amman and Marka; distribute school supplies, toys and games to beneficiaries. In vocational training: Secretarial training course including computer skills and English language for 12 women. In health care: Outpatient care and medicine provided to 1180 Iraqis at the Caritas Jordan centres in Amman, emergency care for 39 Iraqis at the Italian Hospital in Amman.

Major Donors: Private donors

Implementing Partners: Caritas Jordan, Greek Catholic School, Latin Patriarchate Schools, Young Women Christian Association (YWCA)


Emergency aid to support the integration of the Iraqi guests in the areas of Zarqa and Irbid

Location: Zarga and Irbid

Date: 2009-2010

Description: Three pronged intervention in Education, Vocational training and Health. In Education renovate or equip 3 school rooms; teacher training in mathematics for 11 teachers; teacher training in approach to vulnerable children for 21 teachers; provision of didactic and recreational material for 160 Iraqi children; two non formal programs and remedial courses for 289 children,; recreational activities for 160 children; scholarships covering school fees provided for 16 children. Vocational training courses in computer maintenance, graphic design, sewing and plumbing and carpentry to the benefit of 95 Iraqis. In Health fully equip Caritas dental clinic in Hoson allowing more than 1600 Iraqis to receive outpatient care; provision of emergency care for 322 Iraqis; provision of dental care for 138 Iraqis. Conduct awareness campaigns in Zarqa and Hoson on health and dental care for Iraqi families.

Major Donors: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Implementing Partners: Caritas Jordan, Latin Patriarchate Schools, S. Joseph School-Zarqa



Improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable people, in particular people with special needs, in Sukneh and Talbieh Palestinian Refugees Camps

Location: Sukneh, Talbeih

Date: 2010

Description: Improve living conditions in Sukneh Palestinian refugee camp by rehabilitating 22 housing units; vocational training courses for 52 PWDs; provision of 24 wheelchairs for individuals and community rehabilitation centers in the camps; provision of 42 hearing aids; construction and furnishing of multipurpose center in Sukneh camp; 2 awareness campaigns promoting the integration of persons with special needs and the rights of persons with special needs.

Major Donors: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Implementing Partners: The Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (HLID); Our Lady of Peace for Individuals with Special Needs (OLOPC); Community Base Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled – Talbieh refugee camp


Improving the living conditions of people with physical disabilities through the use of ICT tools and applications

Location: Amman and around the Country

Date: 2003-2005

Description: Creation of fully equipped specialized IT Knowledge Station for people with physical disabilities; training courses for people with physical disabilities on IT skills and basic English language, public awareness campaign on the rights and equal opportunities of people with physical challenges; business skills courses.

Major Donors: UNDP, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Implementing Partners: Al Hussein Society for the Habilitation/Rehabilitation of the Physically Challenged (AHS); Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC); Ministry of Social Development(MOSD); Ministry of Education(MoE); Ministry of Health (MoH); Ministry of Labour (MoL); The Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (HLID); The Landmine Survivors Network; The Employment and Development Fund; The Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities; Our Lady of Peace Centre for Individual with Special Needs (OLOPC); The Cerebral Palsy Foundation; The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD).

Read the project evaluation


Towards better integration of Persons with Disabilities through ICT and networking

Location: Amman and around the Country

Date: 2006-2009

Description: Provide staff training for staff of IT Knowledge Station; establish the Information, Education and Communication Unit (IECU) at Al Hussein Society (AHS) to collect information about PWDs who received training courses and find job opportunities; train local partners on: a) the use of assistive tools and software, b) the Knowledge Attitude Practice (KAP) study and c) how to develop an awareness campaign; raise awareness among PWDs and their families on their rights and services available to them through the publication of Erada (the first national newsletter devoted to conditions of PWDs that was first published in the first phase); public awareness campaign promoting equal opportunities in six different cities in cooperation with local partners; training courses for PWDs on mobile phone maintenance, English language and International Computer Driving License (ICDL)

Major Donors: UNDP, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Implementing Partners: Al Hussein Society for the Habilitation/Rehabilitation of the Physically Challenged (AHS); Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC); Ministry of Social Development(MOSD); Ministry of Education(MoE); Ministry of Health (MoH); Ministry of Labour (MoL); The Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (HLID); The Landmine Survivors Network; The Employment and Development Fund; The Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities; Our Lady of Peace Centre for Individual with Special Needs (OLOPC); The Cerebral Palsy Foundation; The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)



Additional Information

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On Facebook? See video of Iraqi students singing at the summer school of AVSI-Amman


January 2011 PepsiCo-Jordan hosts job fair for the disabled

July 19, 2010 AVSI Opening Educational Opportunities for Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

Summer 2010 Caritas Jordan update on AVSI Summer School 2010
December 2010 Story on the AVSI schools Christmas Party in Caritas Jordan's Newsletter

September 2009 The Pope Visits the AVSI Supported Center for the Disabled in Amman