AMMAN – The World Day for people with disabilities was held at the Our Lady of Peace Center, welcomed and supported by a large gathering of their families and friends.

On December 4, Our Lady of Peace Center hosted the World Disability Day, sponsored by Prince Mired bin Ra’ad. The day was attended by the families of the Center’s children, who came to mark the event. The families were able to participate in activities organized by the children and their teachers. Candied olives, prepared with care by guests of the center, were sold.

The day, familial and cordial, also had additional help from SAI’s students and those of the Rosary Sisters’, two Christian schools in Amman, who regularly send their student volunteers to visit with the young children of the Center. Performances by clowns brought delight to the children.

Attending the World Disability Day were Patriarch Emeritus Fouad Twal; Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan; Bishop Selim Sayegh, Founder of the Center of Our Lady of Peace, and Fr. Shawki Baterian, the Director of the Center. Also present was the President of the Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, Prince Mired.

In his speech, Prince Mired thanked the staff of the Center for the quality of care for disabled children, care that is offered free of charge to all these usually needy families. He encouraged the continuation of the quality work carried out so far. The Prince also referred to the law, recently approved by Parliament, which came into force on September 1, which aims to combat discrimination against people with disabilities and to concretely strengthen their rights by providing easier access to education, health, tourism and employment, which in some cases also includes tax exemptions. More generally, this law – the first to take seriously the problem of disability in Jordan – aims to promote disability issues related to a better integration of people with disabilities present in Jordanian society, where daily life remains precarious and their condition unknown.

Remy Brun

If you wish to support the work of the Our Lady of Peace Center on behalf of the neediest families of handicapped children, it is possible to visit the Center’s website here: Our Lady of Peace Center