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Tkiyet Um Ali launches structured program end hunger in Jordan
2012-11-15 00:48:32
WAM AMMAN: In honor of His Majesty the Late King Hussein Bin Talal on the occasion of his birthday, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, today announced that Tkiyet Um Ali is totally committed and ready to embark on a comprehensive program to end hunger in Jordan.

In addition, HRH Princess Haya announced the creation of Tkiyet Abu Abdullah for poverty assistance, which will complement the efforts of Tkiyet Um Ali by providing employment and training programs directly targeting the families that Tkiyet Um Ali reaches. More details on these plans will be provided in the coming weeks.

Tkiyet Um Ali's food assistance program now reaches 26,000 Jordanians in families whose incomes are too low to afford an adequate diet, but preliminary research has shown that as many as 120,000 Jordanians lack the funds to purchase sufficient food.

Working with HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal, Chair of Jordan's National Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (Najmah), the first step in the initiative will be to get more detailed data and information on families requiring food assistance. A leading research firm will carry out a careful examination of census data and social service agency records, and conduct direct interviews of recipients as needed.

"It has taken us two years in Tkiyet Um Ali to establish exactly what we need to do, and what resources we have to completely tackle this issue," stated HRH Princess Haya. "We are all confident that now is the time to start, and that the birthday of the Late King Hussein will be a blessing to this initiative. My father used to always say, "Al insan aghla ma namlook" (the human being is the most precious thing we have)".

"Hunger will not disappear overnight, but it will disappear when we can ramp up the program step by step to cover the entire country. What is most important now is that we have the funds to embark on the program for year one, and the time to secure additional support for the years that will follow," continued HRH Princess Haya.

Tkiyet Um Ali has been successful in establishing a robust feeding program for the past seven years and is very confident that it will be able to deliver this project with success.

Tkiyet Um Ali will take a two-track approach to expanding its operations by completing the needed surveys to help pinpoint "hunger hotspots" where aid should be concentrated while simultaneously ramping up the number of beneficiaries receiving assistance. Tkiyet Um Ali makes direct food distributions of monthly food packages to families and operates supermarket style warehouses in Amman and Aqaba where families can obtain the food themselves.

In 2000, Jordan committed, alongside all members of the United Nations, to reducing hunger by half by 2015, as part of the Millennium Development Goals. As a result, HRH Princess Basma's National Alliance Against Hunger and Tkiyet Um Ali are committed to exceeding this goal in Jordan by taking this problem head on and providing the food assistance to cover all families that qualify under the program.

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