Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans

The Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans (Al-Aman Fund) is a non-governmental organization established in 2006 that is affiliated with the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF).

“Al-Aman” means security in Arabic. Al-Aman Fund supports older orphans who have aged out of care to enter into full time higher education by supporting them financially, educationally and emotionally through five different programs. In turn, orphaned youth are integrated into society, becoming self-reliant and productive members of their communities.

What Al-Aman does

Al-Aman Fund is the only organization working with aged-out orphans in Jordan; many of whom end up suffering from long-lasting poverty and its consequences such as inadequate healthcare and education. While orphans identified as most in need are cared for through government-funded orphanages, these services end when children turn 18—leaving them on their own during the difficult transition to higher education and employment.

 In Jordan there are an estimated 72,000 children that grow up as orphans, with 23,000 of them recognized by the Ministry of Social Development as in need of receiving support. Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah believes that we have a social and religious obligation to defend Jordan's vulnerable citizens. As the only organization working with aged-out orphans in Jordan, Al-Aman Fund is filling a gap in support for some of Jordan’s most vulnerable youth, giving them hope and the means to lead independent, successful lives.

Beneficiaries and partners

Al-Aman Fund works with 18 to 21-year-olds who have resided in orphan care centers for part or all of their childhoods (boarding orphans) or who have lived in poverty with a guardian or an immediate relative with assistance from orphan support organizations (non-boarding orphans).

Al-Aman Fund works with partners from the public, private and civil society sectors. They cooperate with 24 orphan care centers for boarding students as well as 56 orphan support organizations for non-boarding students all over Jordan.

Programs

Al-Aman Fund has five programs targeted at orphans who have aged out of care. Eligible candidates undergo an evaluation of their case and are either placed in one or multiple programs according to their needs:

Educational scholarships: Al-Aman Fund covers tuition fees for higher education at universities, colleges and vocational training centers as well as for training courses in computing, English Language and various professional development needs.

Living expenses: Al-Aman Fund provides a monthly allowance to boarding orphans to cover accommodation, stationary and transportation.

Guidance and Counseling services: Counselors maintain close contact with orphans, providing one-to-one or group academic and psychological counseling. Through this program, orphans are supported in choosing a field of study to pursue and are effectively integrated into society.

Internship and employment support: Al-Aman Fund prepares orphans to enter the labor market by conducting workshops and training courses where they gain skills like writing a curriculum vitae and interview preparation.  They are also encouraged to apply for internships, on job training and jobs.

Medical insurance: Boarding beneficiaries of Al-Aman Fund are covered by medical insurance during their enrolment.

Impact and achievements

Al-Aman Fund has reached over 2,875 orphaned youth since 2006, including 785 individuals from poverty pockets. Al-Aman Fund’s programs have been shown to have a positive effect on the youth they support: more than 3 out of every 4 served reported the Fund helped them motivate others; two-thirds said it helped them to become a better citizen and improve their academic level, and nearly two-thirds said it enhanced their self-confidence. Seventy-eight percent of orphans served said the Fund had a great to medium impact on their rejection of criminal activity. Through Al-Aman Fund’s labor market training, 68% improved their employment chances, and 91% were satisfied with the counselling support they received. The majority of Al-Aman Fund’s youth successfully enter full-time higher education and graduate. Currently there are 588 Al-Aman Fund beneficiaries enrolled in universities, 31 studying for higher diplomas and 95 enrolled in vocational training courses, and 6 are completing their Master's degree.

“A friend who was studying nursing introduced me to Al-Aman Fund, which I eagerly joined, and I was enrolled at university shortly afterwards. With the support of the social advisor at the Fund, I was able to open up and talk about my experiences and join a clinic that offered psychological support. I have come a long way, with one more year of university studying towards a BSc in Special Education for Autism at a leading university. So I am achieving my dream.” 

          -Noura