Under the patronage of Member of Lower House of Parliament Saleh Abu Tayeh, Caritas Jordan distributed health kits and schoolbags, in cooperation with Jawharat Al-Jafer Charitable Society, to the needy families at Al-Jafer region in Ma’an Governorate.
MP Abu Tayeh thanked Caritas Jordan for the efforts exerted to help the needy in line with its humanitarian efforts that have been under way over the past years.
Caritas strives for a world where the voices of the poor are heard and acted upon, where each person is free to flourish and live in peace and dignity and where our natural environment given by God is managed responsibly and sustainably in the interests of the entire human family.
Caritas Jordan, a charitable organization within the Catholic Church, is a member of Caritas International that belongs to the Vatican with its head office in Rome. It was established in 1967 in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Six Day War. It is a member of Caritas International, a worldwide confederation which figures are among the world’s largest humanitarian networks, counting more than 165 Catholic organizations working in 200 different countries and territories. Caritas Jordan is one of the first charities if not the first to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and Jordanians in need in the region. The work of Caritas with refugees and communities has extended beyond the borders and has largely contributed to reducing the suffering of disadvantaged and displaced populations.
Caritas aims to help the poor and the needy in the society, to provide primary medical services, maternity and childhood services, to provide assistance to refugees and displaced persons and victims of wars and disasters, as well as to raise Jordanian society’s awareness of local humanitarian issues and the need to participate in charity work.
The year 2015 marked the launch of a new project, “Mercy Restaurant”, a project launched by Caritas Jordan and the Latin Bishop in Jordan, to be one of many initiatives undertaken by Caritas to stand by every marginalized and weak man.
The restaurant provides 500 meals a day, where anyone can come for lunch for free. The restaurant also provides meals on request to associations, churches and centers that wish to provide food to a number of needy people in several areas of Amman. Over the past years, it has been distributing iftar meals throughout the month of Ramadan with the participation of many volunteers from the country’s nationals, in addition to volunteers from different nationalities.
By: Munir Bayouk