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Queen Rania of Jordan visits Hashimiyat Al Zarqa

Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan undertook a visit to the Hashimiyat Al Zarqa on Monday. This was done to principally to check up on the progress of a number of small, community-based fundraising projects taking place in the area. Located in the Governorate of Al Zarqa, the projects are aimed towards the improvement of living standards in the area.

The Queen of Jordan was also accompanied during her visit by the founder of the Community Centre Association (CCA) and its President, Dr Firyah Saleh, all of whom toured the Al Hashimiyah Women Society for Social Development with its president, Ms Fatmeh al Jamal. The Women Society provides for the needs of the region’s underprivileged groups, including women, poor families and orphans. It has been in operation since 2010.

After the tour, Her Majesty visited a business workshop conducted by the non-profit organisation Injaz, which offers lessons on how to develop business ideas into ventures that can actually turn a profit, as well as a kiosk run by local resident, Hussein al Hindawi. This was set up with funds from the Royal Hashemite Court (HRC). Mr al Hindawi, who suffers from blindness, has since been able to use the proceeds from his business to help support his family.

Queen Rania finished off her visit by dropping into the household of Rana al Jamal, who had just successfully launched a home-run business with her four children.

The Royal Hashemite Court, along with the CCA, has been issuing a number of grants to various societies across the country to try and assist in redeveloping local communities and improving the living conditions of residents there. The CCA then advises the various societies and communities on how to make the most of those grants. Her Majesty’s visit to Al Zarqa was largely in relation to the grant scheme, which allowed the Jordanian Royal Family an insight into how the court was helping the country.

At a meeting with the heads of various societies, which features testimonials from those who’d been assisted by the grant, the Queen expressed that she was “thrilled” to see their hard work efforts pay off, in the face of adversity that the tough economic circumstances Jordanians commonly face.

Queen Rania congratulated the societies on their hard work and thanked the CCA for coordinating the different societies towards successful projects.

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