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The Children Guest House
The Children Guest House was established in 1996 in order to provide divorced parents with fully equipped family-like environment to meet their children, instead of in the emotionally charged atmosphere of police station. The Children Guest House provides divorced parents with advice and guidance on how to reach common grounds and solve their family problems.
committee of children's right was established in the year 1994. It aims to
uphold the international convention on children's
The committee documents
cases and collects photos relevant to violations of children's rights. It also
researches and collects data on children lives in
The idea of a guest house
came about from a study of the suffering caused to children by the very
complicated procedures that divorced couples
The project commenced on August 1996 with the support of the Arab Gulf Program, which provided financing for the first 6 month of the project. The JWU provided a place in Amman where children and their parents could meet in a healthy, family-like atmosphere.
The Aims of the Children Guest House
The Main Achievement
The success of Amman's guest House and the growing number of visitors encouraged the JWU to extend the Children Guest House to our branch in Zarqa. Zarqa Guest House was established in August 1998 and it receives around 130 children monthly who come to meet their divorced parents.
Unfortunately the Zarqa Guest Houses was obliged to limit its services due to lack of funding. With its current funds it is capable of operation on ly two days per week. Yet there is demand for its services all week round.
Figures taken from Jordanian courts show that there is a continuous increase in divorce cases due to deteriorating economic and social conditions. 35% of all marriages during the last five years ended in divorce, leaving behind many children with unsure futures. In order to provide the services for as many families as possible, the Union needs to extend the Children Guest House in Amman (the highly populated area) as well as in other regions.