Table tennis educational and recreational activities are used as tool to help Syrian refugees' development through sport within the camp and on the long term contribute to strengthen social cohesion between Syrian refugees and Jordan people outside the camp
To promote positive individual and social change inside the Syrian Refugee community in Za'atari and to increase cooperation and strengthen social cohesion through table tennis, between Syrian refugees and Jordan people
Peace and Sport, ITTF, UNHCR, IRD (International Relief and Development), Questcope -IMC (International Medical Corps), Save the Children, TIGER (These Inspiring Girls Enjoy Reading)
Al Zaatari, located in Mafraq Governorate, Northern Jordan, is one of the most organised and secure refugee camps. It was established in 2012 to provide is composed of around 80,000 persons, exclusively Syrian Refugees, from which 57% are youth. Due to the war, there are some people with disabilities. If refugees decide to leave the camp, they cannot come back. Despite the fact that there are 5 schools within the camp, children and adults do not have access to sport facilities. However, various non-governmental organisations offer support to refugees in areas such as education, sport, nutrition, health care and many more ways to help them on their way towards a new life away from their home. This help is really appreciated by local people as they see a way discover new activities
The ITTF Foundation’s TT Dream Building project operates in 6 of 12 districts of the Za’atari Refugees Camp. After having trained trainers, to date 2 ITTF level 1 certified local trainers coach more than 156 (total: 123 boys and 33 girls) regularly. Additionally to the training activities, tournaments and festivals are organised to motivate and bring the community together. A close relationship to the next Jordan table tennis club in Mafraq is established and permits a vivid exchange between the refugees and the Jordan community
• Table tennis has been a constant in the lives of more than 300 refugees, lowering levels of boredom and violence amongst young refugees
• A fluent contact and interaction with the local club in Mafraq existed
• The project has been self-sustainable
• An average of 50 people taken part on a weekly basis.
• A long lasting partnerships with France Alzheimer, Rafael Institute and a company is established and ensures that the project has the statistics, research and reach it requires to have a national impact.