Published: 2019-03-21 10:06
Last Updated: 2019-03-21 10:23
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited Al Hussein Social Foundation for Orphans in Ashrafieh on Wednesday, 20 March, where she joined orphaned children and their caregivers for a celebration to mark Mother’s Day.
Accompanied by the Foundation’s Director, Naziha Al Shatarat, the Queen toured the facility to greet its staff and thank them for their hard work.
During the visit, Her Majesty also met with a group of widowed and adoptive mothers and their children, each of whom has received educational scholarships from Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans.
She also attended the Mother’s Day festivities with the foundation’s children and caregivers, which included face-painting activities and an exhibition of the children’s artworks.
Speaking at the meeting moderated by the Fund’s Director, Ibrahim Al Ahmad, the Queen noted the importance of standing with all those striving to develop themselves, and providing them with the security they need to do so, confirming His Majesty King Abdullah’s concern for the nation’s orphans and his ongoing support to help them achieve their ambitions.
An initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF), Al-Aman Fund was established in 2003 to provide orphans and children of widowed parents with opportunities to obtain university and higher education degrees, attend community college, or receive vocational training.
The Queen heard from a number of the fund’s beneficiaries, who thanked Her Majesty for recognizing their mothers on this special day, and for her ongoing solidarity and support. Several noted that they would not have been able to continue their education had it not been for Al-Aman Fund, whose scholarships have enabled them to pursue degrees in fields including engineering, medicine, and nursing.
Founded in 1953, Al Hussein Social Foundation for Orphans is one of the largest integrated social welfare institutions in Jordan, with a capacity to house up to 150 orphans.
Moreover, The foundation currently provides accommodation, food, and clothing, as well as medical and educational services, to approximately 120 children, including children of unknown parentage, broken families, and victims of domestic violence.