AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday issued directives to distribute JD5.4 million in financial aid to a number of underprivileged families across the Kingdom as well as several care centres and societies.

A total of 30,000 families across the Kingdom will benefit from JD3 million in aid, in addition to in-kind assistance, a Royal Court statement said.

The aid, which is aimed at alleviating the suffering of these impoverished families to enable them to meet their basic needs, is a replacement of the Hashemite Charity Caravans, launched in 2004 to serve underprivileged families.

The Ministry of Social Development will compile a list of the families that will benefit from the assistance according to its database and the studies it has carried out regularly in targeted areas across the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, the assistance that will be provided to a number of centres and societies in areas across the Kingdom, at a total cost of JD1.1 million, will enable these charities to carry out their development role.

Moreover, the Monarch directed the concerned authorities to continue supporting a total of 1,500 orphans in the Gaza Strip through Al Wiam Charitable Society (WCS) at a cost of JD1.3 million.

Last year, King Abdullah took responsibility for supporting 1,500 orphans under the age of 13 in Gaza in response to a call for aid by the WCS based on reports provided by Jordan’s Military Field Hospital in the coastal enclave on the difficult living conditions facing these orphans.