On the 40th anniversary of her mother’s death, Princess Haya of Jordan announced that she would make a donation of 28 million Jordanian Dinars ($39.5 million 0r £31.6 million) to the Tkiyet Um Ali, a charity which aims is to end hunger and poverty in Jordan.
Tkiyet Um Ali was founded by Princess Haya in 2003 based on an idea of Queen Alia’s from before her death that outlined the concept. Tkiyet Um Ali provides humanitarian food aid, hot meals and food parcels to the underprivileged in Jordan.
“There is no more fitting way to celebrate their lives and continue their legacies by doing something they would have done themselves,” Princess Haya said in a statement, referencing to both her parents – Queen Alia Al Hussein of Jordan, who died on 9 February 1977, and King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan, who died on 7 February 1999.
The donation is made in the name of both Princess Haya and her two children, Sheikha Al Jalila and Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Queen Alia of Jordan was just 28-years-old when she died in a helicopter crash in Amman, Jordan. Amman’s main airport was completed in 1983 and was named, Queen Alia International Airport in her honour. Queen Alia was King Hussein’s third wife, and together they had two children, Princess Haya and Prince Ali. King Hussein married once more after her death to Queen Noor, with whom he had a further four children. The current King of Jordan, King Abdullah II, is his son from his second marriage to Princess Muna al-Hussein. His first two marriages both ended in divorce.