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Princess Basma visits Karama village during Goodwill Campaign′s winter activities in Aqaba
07 January, 2014

The Jordan Times

AMMAN-Aqaba was the latest stop for the National Goodwill Campaign, which presented humanitarian aid to 300 families in the Karama area and 31 scholarships for students across the governorate on Tuesday.

As part of the campaign′s winter activities in Aqaba, which will continue until Thursday, some 150 families in the villages of Diseh, Salhieh and Shakrieh will receive more assistance and benefit from a free medical day, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Presenting the assistance during a visit to the governorate, some 330km south of Amman, HRH Princess Basma, president of the campaign′s higher committee, expressed pleasure at meeting with Aqaba residents to check on their situation and the problems they face.

Noting that local communities are the cornerstone for development, Princess Basma said change comes from young people, urging them to take the initiative and look for means to address the hardships and challenges their society faces.

She noted that the younger generation should be the main target of development and empowerment, citing the significance of public-private sector partnerships in the area of voluntary work, according to Petra.

The princess called for consolidating positive social values and shunning negative ones.

During her visit to the southern governorate, which has a population of over 139,000, Princess Basma listened to the local community′s needs, which include a comprehensive healthcare centre.

For his part, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Chief Commissioner Kamel Mahadin said ASEZA regards the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) as a partner in fighting poverty and implementing the development process.

Mahadin announced the allocation of JD500,000 to establish a sports centre for youths in the Karama area.

Launched in 1991 by JOHUD, the National Goodwill Campaign has grown over the years to become synonymous with support for the poor and the marginalised.