Beginning with this edition of AFEDJ’s e-news, each month we will take a closer look at one of the Diocese of Jerusalem’s institutions. We start with the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, Jordan. For an expanded version of this article, please visit the News section of our website at www.afedj.org

A safe haven of peace for 150 children and young people ages four to 25, the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, Jordan, offers a full range of therapeutic services for hearing-impaired, deaf, and deaf-blind students and a K-12 academic boarding program. Each summer the Salt campus hosts training for teachers of hearing-impaired and deaf students from across the Middle East.

HLID also offers a community clinic to local residents, mobile outreach services to Syrian refugees living in three camps across Jordan, the Jofeh Community Rehabilitation Center in the Jordan Valley, and a clinic in Iraq. So far in 2019, its outreach services at community clinics and refugee camps have reached 984 patients for diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment. Another 2,976 people have benefited from community awareness training about people with disabilities and support services to parents of children with hearing impairment.

“We are the safety net for these children,” explained Archdeacon Luay Haddad, director of HLID, (pictured above with a local woman visiting the community clinic). “This is our ministry to the community. We cannot say ‘No.’” 

With the exceptionally high rate of hearing-impairment found in the Jordanian population - estimated at 6 to 10 percent - the need for this work among affected children is crucial and the effect it has on students is life-changing. The leaders and teachers at HLID and its outreach ministries depend on the support from AFEDJ donors to offer a door to a bright, productive future for those they serve.