Jordanian CSOs Pledge Their Commitment to Care Leavers in Jordan in Commemoration of Arab Orphans Day

The Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF) and CSOs solidify their cooperation for the empowerment of care leaver orphans in Jordan.

AMMAN — The Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF) and 6 CSOs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the CSOs network members on Thursday April 5, 2018. The MOU represents the establishment and launch of the Social Support Network for Care Leavers.
This network was founded by IRCKHF in 2016 through the project “Accessible Support for Care Leavers” funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a grant from the USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program implemented by FHI 360. The network was established in coordination with the Ministry of Social Development, advisors in the field of alternative care, and inputs from a group of care leavers.
The network includes 6 active CSOs, NGOs and national institutions in this field: Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans, Sakeena for Empowering Orphans, Justice Center for Legal Aid, SOS Children's Village in Jordan, Institute for Family Health - Noor Al Hussein Foundation, and Mizan. In addition to the Information and Research Center.
IRCKHF director Dr. Aida Essaid said that “it is our responsibility as civil society organizations to address this issue so that upon becoming care leavers, orphans are empowered and able to integrate into our society.” She believes that the memorandum will strengthen the cooperation, partnership, and coordination among the members of the network to support orphans. She expects the provision of integrated services will not only empower care leavers but also enhance their participation in public life.
The signing of this memorandum coincides with the celebration of the Arab Orphans Day. Al Aman Fund’s Executive Director, Ibrahim Al-Ahmad, said “We are proud to be part of the Social Support Network for Care Leavers in Jordan. Challenges faced by the organizations, which work directly with this group of our society, require all these organizations’ and individuals’ participation. However effective the efforts of the CSOs, without a true partnership, they will never reach their desired objective. Being an orphan is not a temporary issue that can be ‘fixed,’ it is a situation which effects the individual from childhood to all future stages of their lives.”
The members of the Social Support Network for Care Leavers and representatives from the Ministry of Social Development celebrated the signing of the MoU in commemoration of Arab Orphans day, emphasizing that it will provide integrated services for care leavers, and empower them to become independent adults who will further enrich our society in Jordan.