KHF Outreach
A Unique Partnership Agreement with the Noor Al Hussein Foundation Gives Project New Life
4th January 2011

HM Queen Noor oversees handing over ceremony with Tdh's Vincent Cauche and UNICEF's Dominique Hyde
HM Queen Noor oversees handing over ceremony with Tdh's Vincent Cauche and UNICEF's Dominique Hyde

A project targeting vulnerable Iraqi children living in Jordan with psychosocial services is about to experience a rebirth.

Terre des hommes Lausanne (Tdh), an international NGO which launched the project in September of 2008 in Jordan, did so with funding from the European Commission and UNICEF Jordan.

While the funding ends in August 2011, the center, located in Hashmi Shamali, will not be closing its doors.

Instead Tdh has reached a partnership agreement with the Noor Al Hussein Foundation's Institute for Family Health (IFH) that will allow the local organization to take over the management and funding of the center.

On Monday Tdh formally recognized the agreement during a special handover ceremony with IFH in the presence of Her Majesty, Queen Noor.

Project Manager Steina Bjorgvinsdottir says the overall goal of the project was to provide Iraqi children and their families with specialized psychosocial assistance.

"In a move like this, when people become refugees," she explained, "the family dynamics change so the work that we've done is to try to heal the family dynamics so that the family can come together as one and they can live a healthy family life."

Bjorgvinsdottir says that the project in Jordan has helped more than 1,500 individuals by providing them with individual or family counseling since the center first opened its doors in East Amman in September 2008.

While the majority of the center's clients are Iraqi, Tdh also serves vulnerable Jordanian children and their families.

What's unique is that they've found a local organization with the same standards that wants to continue the work.

"This is quite special," remarked Bjorgvinsdottir, "although this is something that most international organizations would strive for, in practice its not something that takes place."

Institute for Family Health Director Manal Tahtamouni says it has its work cut out for it; IFH will have to secure new donor funding to continue offering psychosocial services at the center in Hashmi beyond 2011 in addition to the comprehensive array of health services and outreach programs it wants to offer to improve the lives of the communities' most vulnerable.

"IFH will include health services, reproductive health, training, and outreach activities," said Tahtamouni. "We will also try to target more vulnerable Jordanian families."

Right now IFH's center is located in North Amman in Sweileh, while most of its beneficiaries live in East Amman.

Tahtamouni says the official hand over ceremony marks an important milestone in Jordan…the celebration of a partnership between an international NGO and a national organization:

"It's a success story we need to present to the international family," she said.

UNICEF's Representative for UNICEF Jordan, Dominique Hyde, agrees:

"We are really glad the counseling for children and parents is continuing," she explained. "Tdh did an extraordinary job of supporting vulnerable Iraqis and Jordanians in East Amman."

Hyde also noted, “UNICEF is delighted to see the Noor Al Hussein Foundation continuing the effort to provide these excellent services. This is a real success story."

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