AMMAN, August 24, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / JORDAN TIMES) – Her Majesty Queen Rania on Tuesday stressed the importance of orphans’ education to secure a better future for them, Jordan Times reported on Wednesday.
She made the remarks during a visit to Mabarrat Um Al Hussein orphanage in Amman, where she met with groups of orphans, caregivers and Al Aman Fund beneficiaries.
Chaired by HRH Princess Basma, Mabarrat Um Al Hussein is a home for the disadvantaged and orphaned that was established in 1951 by the late Queen Zein Al Sharaf.
During yesterday’s visit, Mabarrat Um Al Hussein Director Mahmoud Abu Sheikha briefed Her Majesty on the orphanage and the services it offers.
She was also briefed by Al Aman Fund Director Maha Saqqa on the outreach efforts of the fund across the Kingdom and the distribution of Al Aman beneficiaries in each governorate.
The Queen stopped by a workshop conducted by Al Aman Fund and attended by nominees and candidates for scholarships at universities, colleges and vocational training centres. The workshop aims at helping them fill out their application forms, write essays and complete their post-secondary education.
Queen Rania founded Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans in 2003 to provide orphaned youth with the necessary education and skills to become successful, self-reliant and productive members in the community when they turn 18 and leave their institutions.
The fund’s Ramadan campaign aims to provide education to 143 new orphans, bringing the total number of orphans who have benefited from its different schemes to over 1,500.
To date, the total number of orphans from all governorates in Jordan who benefited from Al Aman Fund’s different educational schemes has reached 1,358, out of which 606 have graduated from post-secondary education.
The fund provides services such as educational scholarships, financial allowances, specialised subject training, vocational training, academic and psychosocial counselling, internships and job placements.
During the visit, Queen Rania also joined a group of caregivers from the mabarrat, who discussed the important role they should play in the improvement of the orphans’ education.
Her Majesty commended the caregivers for their tireless efforts and selfless giving spirit.
She also greeted a group of orphans who are staying in the mabarrat during their summer holiday.
The orphanage provides a secure and healthy environment for around 150 boys between the ages of 6-18 years old, who are either orphans, or come from broken homes and impoverished families.
Over the years, the mabarrat has taken in thousands of boys, many of whom are now successful professionals with children of their own. It offers a safe environment where boys can benefit from a combination of academic and extra-curricular activities. (*)
SOURCE : THE JORDAN TIMES