The Jordan Times
By Laila Azzeh
GHOR MAZRAA-The National Goodwill Campaign on Saturday provided a package of diverse assistance to residents of the Ghor Mazraa District, located 80 kilometres south of Amman.
Ramping up its efforts in the district, which has an unemployment rate of around 29 per cent, the campaign presented educational assistance, in-kind donations and medical help to hundreds of families.
The free medical day only opened half-an-hour ago and already more than 100 people have visited its 10 specialised clinics, Nayef Abdullat, director of the campaign′s medical committee, told The Jordan Times on Saturday.
By the end of the day, a total of 800 patients had visited the clinics and received required treatment and medication, while 40 cases will be referred to hospitals for further examination.
The event, supported by Orange Jordan, included clinics specialising in paediatrics, dentistry, gynaecology, diabetes, cardiology and ophthalmology.
During the tour, HRH Princess Basma, president of the campaign′s higher committee, visited the clinics and checked on patients receiving the free services.
She asked Abdullat and other doctors taking part in the campaign to take the necessary medical measures for the patients and follow up on those who need further medical attention.
The princess also distributed urgent aid, which included food parcels and clothes to 500 families, educational assistance to 37 university students and schoolbags to 1,150 students in the district.
In addition, Princess Basma presented financial support to three charitable societies to carry out income-generating projects.
Ayat Ouneh, a second-year management information systems student, said she was about to drop out from the current semester due to financial difficulties.
My father is a farmer with no fixed income and supports a family of 12 members... I have another brother at university, the Mutah University student told The Jordan Times, noting that the assistance she received from the campaign will enable her to enrol in this semester.
Addressing the local community, Princess Basma said she appreciates the role the private sector is playing to alleviate the hardships of the underprivileged we are facing tremendous challenges that require our cooperation to overcome them.
She added that the Ghor area faces many difficulties, particularly in health services, noting that the campaign puts all its available resources at the disposal of the Ministry of Health to reach out to residents of remote areas.
Launched in 1991 by the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development, the National Goodwill Campaign has grown over the years to become synonymous with support for the poor and the marginalised across Jordan.