JORDAN – As an initiative to support the Iraqi and Syrian Refugees in Jordan, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem launched a new workshop called “The Living Mosaic”. This workshop includes a training course to teach the refugees how to design and craft mosaics in different styles using classic tools, such as hammers and hardies. The workshop will take place in Madaba since it is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and its historical connection to ancient art.

The workshop will benefit the refugees in many aspects of life: first, it will create job opportunities for them since they will earn 10 JOD per day to cover their living expenses and will be able to sell their art pieces to other people and institutions. Secondly, the workshop will help the refugees to spend their free time in learning new aptitudes and developing new skills in the art of mosaics. This will help the refugees to occupy their free time during their stay in Jordan, as well as to prepare them for their future challenges in another country, after their departure from Jordan.

The Latin Patriarchate will help in sponsoring all the raw materials that will be used in the workshops like: mosaic stones, glues, wooden tires, adhesives, frames and painting colors. The first round of the workshop will benefit 7 refugee families and will require a one-month training time from starting date, aiming to launch another workshop that will last for 2 months and benefit 10 families.

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