Children with disabilities enjoy day in the sun at Dead Sea Ultra Marathon

by Nadia Amad | Apr 08,2012 | JORDAN TIMES

AMMAN — Twenty children with disabilities from the New Hope Centre in Zarqa participated in the 19th annual Dead Sea Ultra Marathon on Friday, thanks to the efforts of one Korean volunteer.

Cho Ae Yeong, a social worker who volunteers at the centre through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), said the marathon, of which the children travelled the last 10 kilometres, was a chance for the children to get some fresh air and exercise.

“Many of these children spend most of their time indoors, so when I heard about this marathon, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take them somewhere outside of the centre, which would be good for their mental and physical health,” she said.

Given that this year’s marathon marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Jordan and South Korea, and is sponsored primarily by the Korean company LG, Cho approached KOICA to provide transportation and accommodations for the children, along with 15 other volunteers to help out with the children.


KOICA and New Hope Centre volunteers with children from the centre who took part in the Dead Sea Ultra Marathon on Friday (Photo by Nadia Amad)

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  1. Watch out for hidden agendas of NGOs and even Government agencies:

    I found this on google:

    “In a fas­ci­nat­ing turn of events, KOICA is also known to col­lab­o­rate with Christian mis­sion­ary NGOs in var­i­ous capac­ity, rais­ing ques­tions con­cern­ing the imbri­ca­tions between inter­na­tional devel­op­ment aid and evan­gel­i­cal projects and state-church rela­tions”.

    I am not sure if this relates to Jordan also, but anyway: I always like HONESTY and not HIDDEN AGENDAS!

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