DUBAI // The Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (Amaf) has given a cheque for Dh741,000 to the SOS Children’s Village in Jordan to finance the maintenance and restoration costs of its building.
SOS Children’s Village International provides family-based care through support and empowerment schemes for orphans or children who have lost one parent.
Ahmed Baghlaf provided the Dh741,000 cheque, said Tayeb Al Rais, secretary general of Amaf, who handle endowments from among the business community as well as philanthropists.
“We are pleased to contribute this sum to SOS Children’s Village International that has significant experience in working with orphaned children,” he said. “And fulfilling their day-to-day requirements in addition to improving their living conditions.
“Previously, we have collaborated with the organisation to train several of our care givers working at Amaf’s family village in Dubai in order to achieve our objectives of protection, empowerment and quality care for our children at the village.”
Nicole Nassar, director general of SOS Children’s Villages International in the Arabian Gulf, received the cheque on behalf of the organisation.
She said the building “has been in dire need of repair and maintenance works” for years.
“This financial assistance will help us to carry out the necessary repair and restoration works of our facilities in Jordan,” she said.
“Our children, young people, and staff are extremely grateful, excited and very happy.”
Amaf runs similar projects for orphans. They include a community orphanage, called the Family Village, which is described as the first of its kind in the region, as well as the Salma Humanitarian Relief programme, that aims to provide a million halal meals to disaster victims around the world.
(via The National)