Life Jordan: Classes for Widows, Field Trips for Orphans
Over the past several years, Life for Relief and Development has steadily increased its humanitarian activities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
In no other activity is Life Jordan more active than in the realm of caring for orphans. In the three years since Life launched its orphan sponsorship program in Jordan, the number of boys and girls who benefit from this project on a regular basis has reached nearly 600.
These orphans are a mix between Palestinian children living in refugee camps, and Jordanian children from various towns and villages in the Kingdom.
During the recent spring school recess, Life Jordan arranged a special field trips for many of their sponsored orphans in the cities of Zarqa and Irbid.
These orphans visited national parks and amusement parks, where they enjoyed the fun and excitement that all children should have, but that those who are orphaned often miss out on.
In addition to the rides, games, and contests, the orphans and their guardians were treated to generous meals and theatrical performances.
While Life tries to be creative in tending to the needs of orphans, it tries also to empower their widowed mothers by teaching them skills that will help them gain financial independence and allow them to give their children a brighter future.
Thus in the city of Zarqa, a workshop was held for widows to teach them fundamental computer skills. These women were very happy to gain these skills and were motivated to continue to build on what they learned.
Such projects are not unique for Life. In Iraq, Life at one time operated several vocational schools for widows, where they learned to sew, and even sell the fruits of their labor for a profit.
With the help of its donors, Life will be able to continue to serve orphans, widows, and all others in need, and stay true to its slogan, “Where there is Life, there is Hope!”