Jordan: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed

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Jordan: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed

By Rania Mansour and Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was marked on Monday, December 4, at Our Lady of Peace Center (OLPC) in Amman. The event titled, “In the Direction of a Sustainable and Flexible Society for All”, was celebrated under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mired Ben Ra'ad, in the presence of Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali, Bishop Salim Sayegh and Director of Our Lady of Peace Center Fr. Shawqi Baterian.

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Fr. Baterian valued the efforts exerted by the employees of Our Lady of Peace Center which are designed to alleviate the suffering of the disabled persons, and help them attain full integration in society.He also thanked the Salesian Sisters for their invaluable efforts as well the Rosary Sisters of Marj Al Hamam School and Al-Jaliyah Al-Duwaliyah School for their contribution to serving the children with disabilities.

In his address, Prince Mired Ben Ra'ad stressed the importance of preserving the rights of people with disabilities and highly valued the efforts undertaken by Our Lady of Peace Center in this regard.

Al the end of the event, the Our Lady of Peace Center honored the wife of late Lu’ay Haddad who volunteered to work at the center. Later Patriarch Twal presented Prince Mired with the shield of the center.

With more than 13 per cent of Jordan’s population have disabilities, Our Lady of Peace Center,which was established in 2004 and owned by the Latin Vicariate in Amman, provides free services to people with a variety of disabilities such as intellectual disability, impaired mobility, hearing impairment, bipolar and down syndrome. The center also plays a major role in raising awareness in society with regards to people with disabilities and how to cooperate with them in a loving environment regardless of religious, social, or financial background.

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:18
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