ASIA/JORDAN - Women's religious congregations mobilize to face the water emergency

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 water   middle east   school  

Future Challenges

Amman (Agenzia Fides) - The German Foundation for International Cooperation (GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Jordanian Government, with representatives of the Catholic women's religious communities in Jordan, took part in a seminar dedicated to water emergency and the sustainable management of water resources. The aim of the meeting was to reflect on this issue in a Christian perspective, even in the light of the present pontifical magisterium and the encyclical of Pope Francis’ Laudato Sì, and also to identify useful forms and tools to raise awareness among young generations. Jordanian priest Rifat Bader, head of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media, who dedicated his speech to the documents of the Church's Magisterium dedicated to the environmental issue and the protection of the precious water was also present. During the meeting the proposal to set up "ecological committees" in Jordan's Christian schools was highlighted in order to help students become more aware of the urgent need for a sustainable use of water resources.
Water shortage is one of the major problems that the Hashimite Kingdom is currently facing in terms of resources. Jordan, according to world rankings, is the second or third poorest country regarding water resources in the world. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 31/10/2017)