Letter from the Chairperson of the Board
SOS Children’s Villages Jordan
It is now just over thirty years ago, that the first SOS Children’s Village in Amman was inaugurated by His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal, may he rest in peace, and Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, who is our Patron.
Today, SOS Jordan has three villages in Amman, Irbid and Aqaba and nine youth houses as well, taking care of over 250 children and youth. It has been an amazing journey. There have been many success stories and many challenges as well.
We have partnered with many NGOs and businesses as well as individuals along the way. Each has added a new flavor to our mission. To mention but a few, we have partnered with Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans and with LOYAC- an NGO that concentrates on youth empowerment and employment. Their volunteer youth have helped us do maintenance work in the Amman village, they have entertained our young children often, and have been role models for our SOS youth. We have partnered with SCHEP and ACOR, to teach children crafts, mosaics and raise awareness amongst the children about our heritage.
We have collaborated with many companies such as DHL and Amideast amongst others to better serve our children by providing training and internships for them. There have been young graduates who helped us take care of our small bird garden, and other volunteers who offered and continue to offer their services in mentoring and helping children with their school work.
Many of our graduates hold jobs in different sectors of the corporate world, some are small entrepreneurs, and others are in the hospitality business. We boast quite a number of “grandchildren” who are often seen in the villages on Fridays, when we have the children and their children come to visit their Mothers, and meet their extended families of brothers and sisters. Mothers at SOS are our core support, and have been a great asset in raising their children.
The SOS model is proof that things work when there is teamwork and when things tie in with each other. Paramount to our success are the partnerships we have made during our journey. We would not be where we are without their support and sponsorship. Our biggest supporter has been the Ministry of Social Development. Their guidance and support are invaluable. Furthermore, the SOS Regional Office and the International Office training, workshops and advice have guided our path. They are the cornerstone of our yearly plans. The constant dialogues and exchanges are invaluable for helping us run the Villages and youth houses.
It has been a great privilege to serve on the board of SOS Jordan. Together with the amazing staff and devoted board members, we continue to work for the welfare of our children, to give them happy, healthy and safe homes, and try to prepare them become active and productive members in society. We look forward to keep working on building our strengths and to address and improve our weakness. A big thank you for to those who have helped make this journey a remarkable one.