They’ve reached over 70,000 children from 4 to 12 years old, including refugees and kids with disabilities. Spreading messages of unity and understanding, Puppets World for the development of children was created in 2020 by Jordanians Ban Khalil and Rami Bader.
Jordan’s first company dedicated to raising children’s awareness on social, emotional and environmental issues, Puppets World has touched the lives of children of more than 20 nationalities, promoting inclusivity and acceptance from the youngest age.
“We wanted to create a tool that would gather all children in one place,” says Ban Khalil. “They can watch a puppet show together, interact, and even play with the puppets. This will help them in their lives and improve their communication skills.”
The shows are offered at reasonable prices for those who can afford it and for free for more vulnerable groups. Ban and Rami collaborate with private and public schools and kindergartens as well as NGOs and embassies, who help them provide free shows to children who cannot afford it.
What truly sets Puppet World apart is its commitment to inclusivity. The duo offers educational puppet plays on more than 50 topics in Arabic, English, and even sign language. “We presented a unique puppet show fully translated into sign language for deaf children, and it was truly an incredible experience,” the duo recalls.
The first Jordanian company to win the prestigious Intercultural Achievement Award from the Austrian government, Puppets World received crucial support from the EU-funded CREACT4MED project. “Thanks to them, we were able to buy new puppets, improve our equipment and reach even more children!”.
Looking ahead, Puppet World plans to expand to more countries, launch an eco-puppet theater focusing on raising environmental awareness and integrating technology into their shows.
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CREACT4MED, funded by the EU through the EuropeAid Programme, is a project aimed at empowering businesses and entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in the EU's Southern Neighbourhood. Led by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), the project focuses on fostering opportunities for young people and women. With a budget of €2,220,675, 90% of which is funded by the EU Commission, CREACT4MED is set to run from 1st March 2020 to 31st August 2024.
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