AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania on Sunday chaired the annual meeting of the board of trustees of Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans.
During the meeting, Aman Fund director Maha Saqqa gave a presentation about the fund’s strategies and goals, which include increasing the number of vocational training beneficiaries from 12 per cent to 20 per cent, and improving cohesion with labour market requirements.
Saqqa also spoke about the fund’s achievements in the past years, such as increasing the number of beneficiaries by 15 per cent in 2012 and by 16 per cent the previous year, according to a statement released by Her Majesty’s office.
In 2012 and 2011, 556 orphans graduated from different post-secondary institutions and during the same period more than 500 students benefited from the fund’s services, which include tuition, health insurance and training opportunities.
Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans was founded by Queen Rania 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, thus providing them with the necessary skills to enter the job market.
The fund provides education and training opportunities to eligible orphans, starting from 18 years of age, in the area of vocational or academic training, covering their tuition fees and living expenses.
It also provides counselling and guidance to orphans in the care centres by working with them one year before they are scheduled to leave their centres in order to help them identify their ambitions and hopes for the future.