Charity urges private sector to support projects
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Hana Namrouqa

Amman- the Families Development Association (FDA) on Tuesday urged the private sector and public institutions to support its projects to empower women and children of poor families.

Located in Jabal Al-Qusour; one of Amman’s poorest areas, the FDA is a women’s nongovernmental organization that seeks to reduce poverty by providing consultancy and technical assistance on starting up small businesses.

“The lack of funding for projects and the need to secure permanent incomes for ongoing programmes and employees' salaries are the major challenges facing us,” FDA President Myassar Saadi said during the third meeting of the Jordanian Forum for Public-Private Partnership.

The association, which was established in 1999 with Her Majesty Queen Rania as honorary president, also aims to support orphans by establishing libraries, clubs, and playgrounds to keep them off the streets.

Saadi expressed hope at the meeting with the private companies’ representatives and public institutions would help them secure the funding and support they need.

“We have approached several private companies previously, but none of them responded to our requests. Currently, the government is encouraging the cooperation between the private sector and NGOs and His Majesty King Abdullah also recently underlined the importance of cooperation between the two sectors to achieve sustainable development,” she said.

The forum holds monthly meetings to discuss potential cooperation between the private, public and NGO sectors.

Managed by Mahara development consultancy group, it also sees to pioneer initiatives and exchange information and expertise among its partners.

“We are the only development association working in the area around Wadi Al-Haddadeh, Al-Hussein Refugee camp, Safh Al Nuzha, Jabal Al Qusour and Northern Hashemi districts. These areas are home to a population of over 70,000,” said Saadi.

In a bid to improve women’s social and economic status in these areas, the association created the Izdehar project for domestic management and child welfare in 2000. Until 2005 some 120 women graduated from the project with 85% of them now employed at hotels, hospitals and nurseries, among other locations.