01 May MEPI Meets with Al Aman Students for the Future of Orphans
U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) representatives have recently met with the students of Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans at an event, under the patronage of H.E Minister of Social Development Ms. Reem Abu Hassan, to follow up on their project, which granted 50 orphaned students scholarships to study vocational training at Al Quds College. The arranged event reflects Al Aman’s keenness to maintain a standard level of best practice by updating the donor, MEPI, with the orphan’s educational achievements, grades, and their overall situations.
Minister Abu Hassan emphasized that following up on this project is of great importance to the Ministry of Social Development, highlighting that the development of the social work sector is one of their top priorities. This was reflected in Jordan’s 2025 vision, which is committed to cater to the interests of youth who are living in difficult circumstances. The Ministry of Social Development’s priorities involve the development of a social work-strategy for Jordan, and the reinforcement of institutions’ CSR.
United States Ambassador Alice G. Wells stated, “MEPI’s sponsorship of Al Aman Fund orphans reflects of our belief in supporting an important segment of the community, a segment that requires guidance at this crucial age.” She further added, “Al-Aman Fund is a distinguished organization in Jordan, and we are keen to reinforce our partnership to achieve the development goals we both work hard to support.”
For his part, Al Aman Fund Chairman, Mr. Laith Al Qassem stated, “MEPI is one of Al-Aman Fund’s partners. Their support is not limited to this initiative. MEPI has sponsored a number of orphans in 2011 and 2012.” Al-Qassem further added, “This joint project involves the provision of vocational training scholarships at Al-Quds College for 50 students from Amman and Madaba, extending over a period of 12 months. The program’s modules include leadership training, soft skills training, in addition to English and Information Technology courses.”
Students who are granted these scholarships are studying various food preparation and culinary arts, business administration & sales, cooling and air conditioning,
Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans is an independent non-governmental organization founded in 2006 by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and registered under the Ministry of Social Development. The fund equips orphaned youth who, upon reaching the age of 18 leave their orphan care centers, with the education and skills necessary to become successful, self-reliant and productive members of society. This is done through five support schemes designed to meet their needs, spanning educational scholarships, coverage of living expenses, counseling, apprenticeship and employment, in addition to health insurance. More than 2,942 orphans have benefited from Al Aman Fund.