The Mar Yousef’s pizza project was born in October 2017, within the complex of the parish church of Saint Joseph in Amman, to provide training in the culinary field to young Iraqi refugees who fled the persecution of ISIS. Thanks to the initial contribution of the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Convent of Assisi, to Italian Confartigianato and to the support of the Italian Cooperation it was possible to create a pizzeria and renew an old kitchen to give the possibility to 27 refugees to undertake a professional start-up path for waiters and chefs and improve their skills. This will give them the chance to acquire excellent skills that may be necessary for their future in order to improve their living conditions.
The project involves the production of sliced pizza and fresh pasta thanks to the use of Italian and Jordanian raw materials and other products made on site such as mozzarella and primosale cheese, fresh pasta and ravioli, jams and various sauces. The Mar Yousef’s pizza project is part of the larger “Orien-taly” project with the addition of new figures, new beneficiaries and new skills thanks to the help of local and Italian professional experts.
Together with Mar Yousef’s Pizza project, another workshop the Mar Yousef’s Gelato is implemented in the same complex, which includes the training of five Iraqi boys who have acquired the knowledge necessary for the use of highly professional machines and techniques for the production of Italian artisan gelato.
The entire project – in addition to financial support given to the beneficiaries, in the form of reimbursements – tries to provide them with skills that can be useful for their future and improve their livelihoods.