Discover our ideas for gifts, a suggestion for a gesture of solidarity in favor of the Holy Land. By purchasing these artistic products you will be aiding the mission of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in support of the Christian communities in the Holy Land. Groups, parishes and companies can order in bulk for use as gifts or for charity sales to support the Holy Land.

Since their arrival to Jordan in August 2014, Iraqi Christians were living in improvised church premises, halls or caravans. The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has been helping them unconditionally by paying their accommodations and utilities.

Displaced Iraqis lack income and livelihoods and most of their children have missed education until the beginning of this scholastic year when benevolent schools secured their education with the assistance of the Vatican funds. The Government of Jordan has granted Iraqi refugees in urban settings access to basic public services such as health and education, but the capacity of the government to assist is being exhausted.

As an initiative to support the Iraqi and Syrian Refugees in Jordan, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has 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 takes place in Madaba since it is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and its historical connection to ancient art.

The refugees are benefited from this initiative in many ways: first, it creates job opportunities and supplement their income with 10 JOD per day to cover the living expenses. Second, the workshop helps the refugees to spend their free time in learning new aptitudes and developing new skills in the art of mosaics. Third, 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 supports this project by sponsoring all the raw materials that are used in the workshops like mosaic stones, glues, wooden tires, adhesives, frames and painting colors. The first round of the workshop benefited 7 refugee families and required one month of training, the second round lasted for 2 months and benefited 10 families. Following the designs they receive, and with the colored stones mostly coming from Jordan, the refugees create mosaic pieces on many different wooden supports.

At the beginning of June 2017, 21 Iraqi refugees work daily in the workshop. Not only they continuously improve their technical skills and enjoy this meaningful activity, but also they find a sense of unity and community.

 

If you are interested in contributing to a project, please contact us by mail ; Raghda Zawaideh : raghdamosaic@gmail.com

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Examples of mosaics created by Iraqi families in the “Living Mosaic Project”

Video presentation of the ”Living Mosaic Project”

Iraqi families in the “Living Mosaic Project”