A Young Man of 20 Years with Dreams - Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans

A Young Man of 20 Years with Dreams

I was raised at an orphan care center in Madaba when my mother left me there at the age of 2 after the death of my father. She remarried and I was told that she moved to the Gulf.

I never had passion for studying and left school at the age of 16, although I dreamt of becoming rich and establishing a big family. I always believed that my dream would come true, just like they do in the fairy tales. I was too young and naïve to realize that dreams only come true with hard work, dedication and perseverance. At the age of 18, I left the care center and the harsh reality hit me. With neither an education nor the vocational skills needed, no one was willing to hire me. The first year was misery. I begged, washed cars in the streets, lived at friend’s houses, worked as a janitor at the orphan care center just to guarantee food and shelter, which is where I met a social worker from Al Aman Fund.

She was there on a regular visit to the 17 year olds, encouraging them to pursue their education and welcoming them into their next home, Al Aman Fund, where they are given an opportunity for success. That moment was a true breakthrough in my life. I jumped at the opportunity and enrolled with them for a vocational program. Al Aman provided me with a monthly living allowance and arranged a tour to companies to help me find the vocation most interesting to me, which is how I found my passion.

In May 2010, I will graduate as a skilled labourer in AC appliances. So far, I believe I have succeeded in this first step of sustaining myself, and I believe that there is no reason why all my other dreams can’t come true.

-- Maher