Queen Visits Hashimiyat Al Zarqa to Support Local Community Development Programs

January 23, 2017

(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department – Al Zarqa) - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited Hashimayat Al Zarqa district in the Governorate of Al Zarqa on Monday to check on the progress of a number of small income-generating projects funded by an initiative to improve the living conditions of needy families.

The visit follows a financial grant scheme issued by the Royal Hashemite Court (RHC) and implemented by the Community Center Association (CCA) in coordination with 23 societies, working with the Ministry of Social Development and local administrative authorities.

The grant carries out development projects that cater to 286 families in the governorates of Al Zarqa and Al Mafraq, with the CCA providing guidance to the beneficiaries on how to create their own income-generating projects.

Founder of the CCA Dr. Sari Nasser, and its President Dr. Firyal Saleh joined Her Majesty while she toured Al Hashimiyah Women Society for Social Development with its President Ms. Fatmeh Al Jamal. Established in 2010, the women’s society provides services to women, underprivileged families, students, orphans, and disabled people.

Queen Rania also dropped by a business workshop conducted by the youth development and nonprofit organization Injaz on how to convert a business idea into an actual project, as well as a  child health awareness session for women, and three classes for children with disabilities.

The Queen also visited local resident Mr. Hussein Al Hindawi’s thriving kiosk, which he was able to set up through a grant from the RHC. The small business has been helping Mr. Hindawi, who is blind, make a living to support his family.


Her Majesty then attended a meeting with fifty community leaders representing the heads of societies currently managing the funds and providing guidance to its beneficiaries. The meeting, which was moderated by Dr. Saleh, included testimonials from beneficiaries highlighting the impact the projects have had on their living conditions.

Addressing the audience, Her Majesty said she was thrilled to see their hard work and determination materialize into constructive projects despite the difficult economic conditions Jordanians are reeling under. The Queen commended their creative projects and thanked the CCA for its efforts in building strong partnerships with local charities that have ensured the success of the projects.

Before ending her visit to Zarqa, Queen Rania visited the female-headed household of Mrs. Rana Al Jamal, who has successfully launched a home business to support her four children.