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Royal initiatives launched to support Madaba underprivileged families


The Jordan Times


AMMAN — Royal Court Chief Yousef Issawi, head of the follow-up committee for the implementation of Royal initiatives, on Thursday attended the launching ceremony of a Royal initiative to empower underprivileged and limited-income families in Madaba. 
The initiative aims at improving the living conditions and incomes of targeted families through presenting necessary support that enables them to establish small, productive projects, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The initiative also includes providing training on establishing and administrating schemes, in addition to presenting technical support and feasibility studies and following up on the ventures to guarantee their success, focusing on the women and youth sectors, as well as building up the capabilities of local institutions that are partners in implementation. 
The ceremony, held at the Royal Hashemite Court, witnessed the signing of several agreements between the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) and 18 charity associations in the governorate, which have been chosen according to standards accredited to carrying out the initiative.
The first phase of the plan aims at establishing 189 small productive schemes, where beneficiary associations refinance other projects to new families according to the revolving fund mechanisms, under which an association reuses the grant to fund other ventures, in a way that guarantees targeting the largest number of families.
Issawi said that His Majesty King Abdullah’s top priorities are to improve the living conditions of citizens, develop the quality of services presented to them and distribute the development gains in a fair way to all regions of the Kingdom, so as to meet citizens’ aspirations and ambitions. 
For his part, Acting Secretary General of the Social Development Minister Muhammad Sawalqah stressed the ministry’s commitment to presenting all types of facilities and support to effective charity associations. 
JRF Director General Enaam Barrishi said that the citizens’ needs are the top priority while drawing strategies of institutions, organisations and partners, highlighting the role of initiatives in supporting and empowering local community residents to implement productive projects that adopt self-employment mechanisms.  
Representatives of charity associations in Madaba expressed their appreciation for the Royal initiatives that enhance the development role of associations through implementing productive projects that generate incomes and provide job opportunities.

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