This project is led by the Order of Malta in Lebanon, located in the Al Fadi Centre in Chabrouh. The camps run for one week, where volunteers provide one-on-one care to underprivileged guests with physical and or mental disabilities, who come from specialised homes and psychiatric hospitals across Lebanon. The guests at the camp are between the ages of 6 to 70 years old and their disabilities range from mild to severe impairments and infirmities. Many of them have no real connection with their families and spend the whole year locked inside their homes or centres. For lack of proper funding, these individuals receive no professional psychological follow-ups and very little affection. The lack of personal relationships often leads to depression, apathy and isolation.
The camps offers the opportunity for these individuals to receive sufficient care and attention. It is a place where these guests can benefit from sunlight, fresh air, outdoor walks, and the beautiful surrounding landscape that the Lebanese mountains have to offer. It is the goal of the camp to foster an environment of acceptance, tolerance, friendship and joy.
JOA Community Work Project Volunteers worked alongside Raleigh International to improve access to safe sanitation and hygiene for primary school children in the Morogoro region of Tanzania. This was achieved by:-
- The construction of new school sanitation blocks for children and teachers in primary schools. The blocks include hand washing facilities and will be fully accessible for young people with disabilities. Girls will be provided with new private washrooms allowing them privacy and dignity. Pupil and teacher blocks will be separate.
- The setting up of SWASH clubs in schools, consisting of children and teachers, who will develop and deliver campaigns to raise awareness of safe hygiene behaviours. The SWASH clubs will also support volunteers to install murals around each new sanitation block to promote safe hygiene practices to keep children safe from illnesses.
- Capacity building of School Management Committees to give them the skills and knowledge to maintain their school sanitation facilities.
The Jersey team worked with Caritas Mongolia to construct a Kindergarten in the very poor “Bayankhoshuu Ger Area” of Ulaanbaatar.
Based on such long experience in this area, Caritas Mongolia have discovered that children are particularly vulnerable and affected by the negative environment in which they live. Such a fragile situation severely hampers their healthy development. Just as importantly,parents often struggle to fulfill even the basic needs of their children and in the worst cases are forced to live on the streets and/or send their children to work.
Once completed, not only more children will be welcomed in, but also children will then have a better, safer and comfortable place to spend their days.
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