Queen Rania of Jordan opened an exhibition by the Jordan River Foundation on Tuesday this week. This is the 22nd time the handicrafts exhibition has been run, and this year’s theme is ‘vintage dreams’. All of the items on display were created by local women.
The Jordan River Foundation funds a number of projects which were involved with the exhibition, including Bani Hamidah Designs and Wadi Rayan Designs. Modern and traditional design ideas were seen side-by-side across a range of home furnishings, fashion accessories and small gifts, with pomegranates and olive trees providing inspiration for the pieces.
JRF Director General Enaam Barrishi showed the Queen around before she met with members of the board of trustees and other supporters of the foundation. Rania appeared to enjoy herself as she looked over the items and chatted with guests.
The JRF has been chaired by Queen Rania Al Abdullah since it started in 1995, and so she is always involved in the events held by the not-for-profit organisation. The JRF focuses on supporting women and children by helping women into employment and protecting children from abuse. Events such as the handicrafts exhibition are a great way to show off the work which has been carried out by the women supported by the foundation and to offer them further opportunities through networking.
Charity work is very important to Queen Rania, and she is often praised for her efforts. The JRF alone has helped to support over 2500 people since it was established, and this is just one of the projects supported by Jordan’s Queen. Rania’s other work includes overhauling Jordan’s education system; she often works alongside the Ministry of Education and has launched her own teaching academy to raise the standards of teaching within her country.
The Vintage Dreams exhibition is currently running in Jabal Amman’s Rainbow Street at the Jordan River Foundation headquarters.