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Queen Rania chairs Jordan River Foundation board meeting

By JT - Jan 29,2013 - Last updated at Jan 29,2013

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania on Tuesday chaired the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) board of trustees annual meeting during which members discussed the foundation’s annual strategy, future plans, and programmes to be implemented across the Kingdom this year.

As JRF chairperson, Her Majesty discussed with the board ways of strengthening the foundation’s programmes so as to empower local communities and enable them to take the lead in the development process, thus improving the lives of their members.

JRF Director General Ghaleb Qudah spoke about the JRF’s five-year strategy, explaining that some of the foundation’s current programmes will be expanded to cover various issues relating to youth, as well as means to enhance economic and social opportunities in different areas in Jordan.

Qudah noted that the strategy will focus on reaching as many areas as possible in the Kingdom.

He also pointed out that the JRF will start implementing environmental and energy saving ventures such as the solar water heater project, according to a statement released by the Queen’s office.

Implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the project aims to promote a culture of energy saving among local communities and reduce electricity bills.

Under the project, charitable societies across the country will contract with manufacturers of solar panels and sell them to interested families through instalments.

“The majority of Jordanian families do not have the financial capabilities to buy solar panels that range in price from JD300 to JD500… the project will enable them to purchase these panels through affordable monthly payments,” Qudah told The Jordan Times last month.

Since it was established in 1995 as a non-profit NGO, the foundation has affected the lives of 1,337,184 direct and indirect beneficiaries through its multiple programmes, projects and initiatives.

The JRF works with local communities in 33 districts and 18 sub-districts in Jordan.

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