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The Jofeh Community Rehabilitation Centre, Jordan Valley

Director: Brother Andrew de Carpentier

 
Manager: Mr Yousef Rizik
 
Postal Address: P.O. Box 15, Salt 19110, Jordan 
Tel: +962 5 359 1575
Fax: +962 5 359 1576
Mobil  +962 79 600 60 90
 
 
'Beit Saleem' offers its services to handicapped and non-handicapped children and adults in the Jordan Valley with a special focus on young women.
 
MISSION: The Centre provides services for people with sensory, physical and intellectual impairments and works towards their fuller integration and participation into their local communities.
 
VISION: The Centre’s service delivery model can be implemented elsewhere in Jordan.
With therapy, vocational training, and in-house workshops, students with disabilities learn trades and skills needed for gainful employment.
The Centre strives to extend its brief to other population groups with special needs, including poor people and uneducated women. The Centre hopes to pilot the implementation of small-scale environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible approaches to climate control, electrical energy conservation and generation as well as water purification and conservation.
 
HISTORY: Jofeh Community Rehabilitation Centre, a department of the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf, is situated in the Jordan Valley, just five miles from the Dead Sea, and at the center of the Shuneh district of thirteen villages and 60,000 people.
 
The Centre, named “BEIT SALEEM”, started in 1996 with a pre-fabricated unit of 110 square meters, trying to meet the needs of the people with disabilities in the entire region. In 2005, the workshops were moved to a new space designed for the purpose and built by the Dababneh family in memory of their late son, Saleem. The new building houses seven workshops for training, rehabilitation and employment, that are used to prepare and equip persons with disabilities for life as self-reliant, contributing members of society.
 
Community Based Rehabilitation is offered by networking and coordinating with the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf, the Al-Hussein Society for the Habilitation and Rehabilitation of Physically Challenged Persons, Al-Dhia Charitable Society for Visually Impaired Children, Al-Raja Center for Special Education and the Palestine Hospital.
 
TRAINING: The training programmes include sewing, embroidery, weaving, paper recycling, woodworking, computer training, and English and Sign language.
 
A team of community services specialists provides classes for students who are deaf or have an intellectual impairment; mainstream support services for hard of hearing, physically challenged, blind and visually-impaired students at public schools; physical therapy for people with mobility impairments, and home visits.
 
Supplemental support services are offered as needed in speech therapy, therapeutic play, hearing tests with free hearing aids, vision tests with free prescription glasses and optical aids, free nutritional meals to children under age 2, and nursing and community awareness services for people and families with special needs.
 
Transport is provided free for all students and volunteers who are part of the community.
 
Local community resources, such as clinics, schools, Kindergartens, businesses and hotels are fully deployed in the provision and distribution of services.
 

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