The project

Christmas 2013: meeting between the Italian Campaign to Ban Landmines and You Able Onlus. The two organizations, with experience and willingness to take action to support people with a disability, considering the situation of Syrian refugees and possible ways to provide assistance. 

More than 600 thousand Syrians have fled the war in Jordan, it is estimated that 20% are in refugee camps while 80% people are in urban areas, seeking help, home, resources, assistance. The government health services and nonprofit organizations in Amman have stepped up activities to respond to the emergency situation and people who turn to these are not only Syrians but also Iraqi, Yemeni and other nationalities.
The Campaign to Ban Landmines presents the future third partner: Life Line Consultancy and Rehabilitation, Jordanian Association founded in 2007 by Kamel Saadi to give assistance to victims of landmines. A feasibility study starts regarding the possibilities in combining the skills and experience of three different organizations.

Italian Campaign to Ban Landmines: experience in  evaluation and sustainability; advocacy, education, assistance to victims of landmines, coordination with national and international institutions;

Life Line Consultancy and Rehabilitation: experience in assisting victims of landmines in terms of social and economic reintegration in Jordan;

You Able Onlus: experience in supporting amputees 

The first decision was to provide remote support to agencies already operating in the field.

March-April 2014

First prosthetic kit sent for Syrian children amputees, with the collaboration of the Italian Embassy in Amman.

June 2014

First field mission  to evaluate the work done with aids sent, starting a phase of need assessment. Meeting with the young beneficiaries of the aids, children assisted in Amman on a temporary basis before returning to refugee camps. The existence of these structures is so significant about the generosity of the Jordanian people as yet uncertain, due to the large numbers of people in need, children but also adults not able to support their families.

Jordan is a peaceful country, in an area of long-standing conflicts, this has made it a country of refugees (Iraqis, Palestinians, Yemenis, Libyans, Kurds, Syrians, the most present minorities). The Jordanian people is known for its generosity and hospitality. The rights of persons with disabilities are recognized and respected. On orthopedic care front there are both government and private centers,  with a high number of requests, and high costs for users in conditions of necessity asking for private support. The need to provide  lower limb prosthesis focuses the priorities of the entities on prosthetic fitting.

Many expressions of willingness to cooperate:  The Local Technical Unit of the Italian Foreign Ministry in Amman; the Cancer Foundation, assisting especially children;  Italian NGOs; Amman University.

Following these demonstrations of openness, the three organizations make the decision to define the steps to start a rehabilitation center in Amman.

Guiding principles:

Defined engagement conditions, the three organizations proceed to the drafting of the project, with a timetable defined over three years, starting to search Philanthropic organizations to support the long term project.

July-September 2014

First meeting with the Nando Peretti Foundation. The signing of the Convention takes place in the first half of September.

October 2014 – January 2015

Approval from Prosolidar Foundation. The signing of the Convention takes place in January 2015.

February / May 2015

Procurement of materials and aids, asking the logistic support to the World Food Programme. At the same time, starts the approval process to the Jordanian Ministries. The aim to help people of all nationalities has increased the necessary permits, not returning the activity only in emergency assistance for refugees, but in a wider support to anyone who needs it. The required permissions were obtained in May: Ministry of Planning (and submit it to the Prime Minister’s Council), Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Policy.

September 2015: authorizations to operate, set up the center, arrival of container. Meanwhile in September a new application is completed, comes the approval of Tavola Valdese 8×1000 .

December 2015 

  • Staff recruiting,
  • Reaching refugees’ camp amputees,
  • Progressive supplying according to patients’ need

Once the center is operational, a detailed report on activities, patients and funds is drawn up between the end and the beginning of the year.

20162017 – 2018/2019  – the translation is on going (the report is available in Italian)