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Queen visits social development society in Hashemi Shamali

By JT - Feb 01,2016 - Last updated at Feb 01,2016

Her Majesty Queen Rania tours Sanabel Al Khair Society for Social Development in Amman's Hashemi Shamali area on Monday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania visited Sanabel Al Khair Society for Social Development in Amman's Hashemi Shamali area on Monday to support its efforts in empowering young people and women in local communities.

While touring the facility, Her Majesty chatted with women in a textile design workshop. She also attended an awareness session on child labour alongside residents of Hashmi Shamali, according to a statement from Her Majesty's office.

The Queen also held a meeting with the society’s board members, where its president, Miassar Saaydeh, showcased the activities and services it provides in cooperation with the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) and the UNICEF-funded “Makani” (My Space) initiative.

Launched by UNICEF in 2014, the initiative aims to reach all children, including refugees, who are out of the formal education system through a holistic programme that provides informal schooling, psychosocial support and life skills under one roof, the statement said.

JRF coordinator Nour Daoud said the foundation oversees nine centres that implement the “Makani” approach, and the initiative focuses on capacity building in the communities that host these centres.


“Makani” is being implemented in 200 centres around Jordan in collaboration with NGO partners and international donors. Its goal is to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young people, including those who are out of school.

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