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    The poor and needy in Jordan continue to receive aid from a Roman Catholic organisation known as Caritas.

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    The poor and needy in Jordan continue to receive aid from a Roman Catholic organisation known as Caritas.

    The organisation has been working in Jordan since the June war in 1967 -- and it is still providing help in the way of health and child care clinics, summer camps and sewing and knitting centres.

    Caritas is a world-wide organisation founded for charitable purposes in 1951.

    Many branches of the organisation contribute to the work in Jordan including those in West Germany and Switzerland.

    SYNOPSIS: Helping the poor and needy in Jordan is an international Roman Catholic organisation, Caritas. It's been giving help in Jordan since the June war of 1967 - and now offers charity in a variety of ways. The clinics are part of the Caritas medical organisation -- and in the Jordanian capital, Amman, they cater for about three thousand patients a month.

    At clinics like this, mothers and their children can get attention from trained doctors, free of charge. Since Caritas came to Jordan four-and-a-half years ago the clinics have treated more than 100-thousand people.

    The Caritas organisation promises help to all in need - regardless of their colour, race or creed. Caritas Jordan is one of 89 institutions around the world affiliated to the international body.

    Instruction in such skills as dressmaking is another part of the organisation's work. There are now eleven sewing and knitting centres established by Caritas in Jordan - two of them in the capital, Amman.

    The sewing and knitting centres in Jordan are financed entirely by the West German branch of Caritas.

    The aid from Germany has meant modern equipment for girls taking the course.

    A large part of the work of Caritas is in the rehabilitation of individuals -- and classes like this form a big part of that programme. But as well as providing training, Caritas has also distributed materials aid worth two million dollars to people displaced since the 1967 war.

    Caritas feeding centres have been established in two Jordanian cities - Amman and Salt. Each centre provides a daily hot meal for about eight hundred children, aged between five and twelve. In all, these centres serve over twenty thousand meals every month. The service isn't confined to feeding the children -- they're also taught to wash their hands and to behave at the table.

    Caritas has also provided a service for younger children. Mothers can take their babies to a dispensary where they receive advise from trained nurses. About three thousand Jordanian mothers use this service every month.

    And baby food is handed out to mothers. It's part of five hundred tons of food that Caritas plans to distribute to young children during the present twelve months. A new innovation for Caritas -- mobile clinks visiting all parts of Jordan.

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