08.02.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Playground at Husn Camp soon to be inaugurated and handed over to local Youth club

©UNESCO AmmanUNESCO visits the renovated playground at Husn Camp - soon to serve more than 4,000 students

On a cloudy and windy day, UNESCO Office in Amman conducted a visit to the playground at Husun camp it has recently finalized in partnership with the NGO Shams Jordanie and the local Youth Club. All works have now been completed and the inhabitants of Husun Camp are very excited about this project as it will serve two neighboring schools and provide a recreational area for a total of 4,000 students and children from the camp.

During the visit conducted by representatives of UNESCO and Shams Jordanie, works were inspected and documented. All participants showed great satisfaction over the final state of the new playground and excitement of the local population was noticeable. Children at Husun camp in particular suffer a great deal of deprivation due to precarious and difficult living conditions where the basic right to play is a privilege they lack. The area it was built on was empty only a few months earlier but will now benefit students, families and children as one of the few recreational spaces at the camp. Shams Jordanie in coordination with UNESCO has completed the construction of the playground and equipped it with equipment such as swings, sledges among others. To ensure sustainability, the management and maintenance of the playground will soon be handed over to the local community. The playground will be officially inaugurated under the patronage of Princess Rym bin Ali.

The Husun Camp, also known as Martyr Azmi el-Mufti Camp, is situated 80km north of Amman and was one of six emergency camps set up in 1968 for 12,500 Palestine refugees and displaced people who fled the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.Today more than 22,000 registered refugees live at the Husun Camp and whereas much has been done to improve their living conditions, continued support is needed. Currently there are only four schools located in two buildings, one food distribution centre, one health centre and one community-based rehabilitation centre available to the inhabitants of the refugee camp. Poverty, high unemployment rates and overcrowded schools are some of the most pressing issues that need immediate support.

The project is funded by the Annenberg Foundation and implemented by UNESCO Office in partnership with Shams Jordanie,  a not-for-profit NGO, set up in 2007 by a group of French-speaking volunteers living in Jordan under the patronage of HRH Princess Rym Ali. The Association supports local organisations that work to help people most in need in Jordan by providing financial, technical assistance and training.

For further information please contact Hadeel Talli, h.talli(at)unesco.org




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