Queen Rania and the Al-Aman Fund

 I came across the Al-Aman Fund for Orphans yesterday after reading the Arab Bank’s announcement that it will sponsor  a years worth of vocational training for 50 orphans through the Jordanian fund.

Queen Rania
Queen Rania of Jordan

 

The Al-Aman fund was started in 2003 by Queen Rania, and every orphan residing in Jordan, regardless of their religion or nationality is eligible to benefit. It provides educational scholarships, living expenses, counseling services, apprenticeship and employment assistance and health insurance.

Focusing on post-secondary education and vocational training for 18-21 year-old orphans is one that we at the World Orphan Fund have a very strong interest in. Until these children obtain marketable skills, there is little hope of ending the cycle that made them orphans in the first place.

As I followed link after link, I was amazed by Queen Rania’s impressive history of advocating for Children beyond Jordan’s borders.

In 2007 she was named UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children.

In 2008, she participated in YouTube’s In My Name campaign and appeared alongside The Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am in the video, “End Poverty – Be the Generation,” which urged world leaders to keep the promises they made in 2000 at the United Nations Millennium Summit.

So not only is she genuinely committed to children, she’s cool.

In 2009 she became Honorary Global Chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), and is co-founder and global co-chair of the 1GOAL Education for All campaign to rally World Cup 2010 fans together during the world’s biggest single sporting event and call on world leaders to give 75 million children out of school an education.

Her efforts are nothing short of inspiring.

 

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