Location: Azraq refugee camp, Azraq, Jordan
Active since: April 2016
Number of students: 80
Partners: World Taekwondo Cares Programme
Since April 2016, THF, along with the World Taekwondo Cares Programme (WTCP), has been operating a Taekwondo academy in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.
The camp was created in 2014 by UNCR in conjunction with the Jordanian government to accommodate victims of the Syrian civil war. It currently hosts more than 32’000 Syrian refugees and stretching for more than 15 kilometers, it is one of the biggest refugee camps in Jordan.
At the moment, THF’s Azraq Taekwondo Academy has 51 students actively learning taekwondo with training sessions offered four times per week. Two taekwondo instructors were dispatched to set up and manage the Academy in the camp: an international coach and a local Jordanian coach.
At THF’s Azraq Taekwondo Academy, refugee children get the chance to learn sports key values, such as teamwork, fair-play, respect, cooperation, integrity and tolerance, and develop better physical and mental well-being. Aside from proper taekwondo training, they take part in different activities such as meditation, demonstrations, promotion tests, competitions and endurance races.