Al-Aman Fund Reaches Kingdom’s Governorates of Northern, Central and Southern Jordan

Published July 22nd, 2008 - 12:31 GMT

Al-Aman Fund Reaches Kingdom’s Governorates of Northern, Central and Southern Jordan

As part of its plan for 2008, Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans expanded its services outside of the capital city to encompass governorates of Northern, Central, and Southern Jordan. Contracts were signed with a number of non-boarding care centers around the Kingdom, taking in a total of 350 beneficiaries from Northern Jordan (Irbid, Ramtha, Mafraq, and the Northern Badia), Central Jordan (Amman, Madaba, and Al Balqa’a), and Southern Jordan (Karak, Ma’an, Shawbak, Tafeeleh and Aqaba).

For Hana, a young orphaned girl living in Ma’an, the thought of continuing her education had never even been remotely considered. Having lost her father at an earlier age, Hana had been residing with her mother in very poor living conditions that would in no way allow her the chance to even dream about receiving any higher education.

 “I don’t know what I can do to show my gratitude for all that Al-Aman Fund has done for me. I am an orphan with nothing to my name, and all I have to offer you is a prayer,” said Hana to the Executive Director of Al-Aman Fund, at a ceremony in Ma’an during which scholarships were awarded by the Fund to a number of orphans from the area, Hana being one of them.

Present at the ceremony were the Governor of Ma’an, Mr. Mohammad Rawashdeh and the president of Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Dr. Ali Al-Harut. “I would like to thank Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah for this initiative that is so crucial to the future of these young men and women,” commented Mr. Rawashdeh. “They are a part of society that desperately needs support, and I would like to commend Her Majesty for her dedication to this cause,” he added.

A similar ceremony was held in Aqaba, which was attended by H.E. Husni Abu Gheida, Chief Commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.

 “Poverty is the second most difficult issue that influences the lives of these orphans,” said the Chairman of the Tafeeleh Charity for Orphans. “Take Jamal’s case, for example. He is one of our young ambitious children, who received a GPA of 92 in Tawjihi and was accepted to study engineering at a public university in Jordan. Since Jamal is one of 10 children of a poor widow, he couldn’t afford to buy books or pay for transportation and was forced to cancel two semesters. With the support of Al-Aman Fund, he is now able to fulfill his dreams.”

The total number of beneficiaries of Al-Aman Fund, from boarding and non-boarding care centers, is expected to reach 450 by the end of 2008; a huge leap from the 107 the Fund was supporting just last year. This dramatic rise in the number of beneficiaries poses a financial challenge for Al-Aman Fund, seeing that the estimated cost of taking in these 450 young men and women is 1.5 million JD’s per year. In addition to covering tuition fees, this number includes the cost of students’ living expenses, food, clothing, transportation and safe housing. By taking care of the basic daily needs of these students, beneficiaries are able to focus on their education.


Al-Aman Fund also offers beneficiaries academic, psychological and social counseling services prior to and during the period of their enrollment, internship and training opportunities during the course of their studies, and employment opportunities after graduation. Medical insurance is provided to ensure that beneficiaries receive proper medical care during the time of enrollment with the Fund. Individual cases are studied and a combination of these support services is then offered to each beneficiary depending on the evaluation of their specific case.

A not-for-profit organization founded by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah in 2006, Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans relies solely on contributions it receives from individuals and corporations to fund its operations, making the challenge of this expansion a great one. Ms. Saqqa commented, “We know that the heart of this country is a great one, and we have faith that the community will pull together to help give this socially vulnerable segment of society hope for a brighter future and a better tomorrow.”

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