She is a proud and devoted mother of four, however, this week, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah extended her maternal touch to many more. The Jordanian royal met with new recipients of the Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans, which helps young students without families pursue higher education or vocational training. The fund is an initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, with HM dropping by an orientation session held on Monday in the capital of Amman.
This year, 146 orphans received educational scholarships for the academic year, and Queen Rania spoke of her pride for them as she addressed the crowd. “I consider myself among my own children, so I will speak to you just as I have spoken to Al Hussein, Iman, and Salma when they graduated high school and started college,” the royal said, referring to her three eldest children.
Princess Iman is currently studying at Washington’s Georgetown University in the United States, while young sister Princess Salma graduated from high school this year. Eldest child Crown Prince Hussein obtained a bachelor’s degree in international history from Washington’s Georgetown University in 2016.
The Al-Aman Fund has, to date, helped support more than 3,600 orphans, about 2,400 of whom have earned university degrees. Scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses, and pocket money for recipients, each of whom come from orphanages across Jordan.
However, Queen Rania urged the young students to remember that they need to take ownership of steering their own path, and highlighted the importance of gaining self-confidence. “[This] impedes us from digressing and giving up our ambitions to follow temptations,” HM added. “All of you constitute one single family, and I hope this urges you to care for each other.”