WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 17: Queen Rania (L) of Jordan looks at U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) to speaks during a news conference to introduce the Calling for 2-1-1 Act of 2003 on Capitol Hill September 17, 2003 in Washington, DC. 2-1-1 is a telephone number that connects callers with important community services and volunteer opportunities, such as unemployment assistance or emergency planning information. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
I WONDER WHAT THEY'RE SAYING TO EACH OTHER!!! I'M SURE IT'S REALLY INTERESTING!!!!
Queen Rania is by far the most beautiful queens to ever take the throne in Jordan. I personally admire her, she's really trying to do a lot of good for Jordan, just as HRM King Abdullah II, whom I also admire. Their strives for Peace and Justice, and not to mention womens rights (which is FANTASTIC) in Jordan.
Honestly, I'm a young Jordanian American, and I've never been more proud. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they get Jordan back on its feet, which I know they will.
queen rania have studied in Kuwait and eygpt and her arabic is very good , and u can see that in her arabic speeches,king abdullah is the one with the poor arabic because of his british mother and because he studied in britain and the usa all of his life.
Tuestay- KARAK — It was a disturbing sight for visitors who made their way into Um Bader's shabby tent, barren of the most basic comforts and swarming with flies.
Without a stable source of income, Um Bader is never sure of being able to feed her five children. But like many hapless families in the impoverished village of Ghweibeh, Um Bader found a compassionate hand yesterday with the visit by Her Majesty Queen Rania.
“The situation is unbearable. My husband is unemployed and we can't afford to make ends meet. Food is hard to come by and we're barely scraping through during Ramadan,” the distraught Um Bader told Queen Rania.
“Sometimes I can't even find milk for my five-month old baby Mohammad,” she said, pointing to the child who lay covered in a ragged blanket drinking milk from a soda bottle and surrounded by flies.
Queen Rania listened attentively to Um Bader's troubles yesterday, and asked the officials accompanying her to swiftly address the immediate needs of Ghweibeh's impoverished community.
Her visit to the Jordan Valley yesterday comes in line with a series of field visits the Queen started throughout the Kingdom's governorates during the Holy Month of Ramadan, complemented by a simultaneous drive of distribution of iftar meals, as well as in-kind assistance to needy families.
Her visit on Tuesday also aimed to follow up on the provision of such services and making certain that they had indeed reached citizens.
In this small rural community, poverty affects most of its 1,500 residents.
Queen Rania had visited the destitute village in December 2000, when she stopped in on Ghweibeh Elementary School — the only one in the locality.
Back then, the school, which counted around 28 students, had no windows or doors. The school was later moved to the nearby health centre, not in use at the time.
Yesterday, Queen Rania returned to the school, where now 100 students are enrolled, and toured the classrooms and inspected facilities. She talked with both students and teachers who also had their share of complaints.
For most teachers, who live in different parts of the Jordan Valley, transportation to and from work poses a constant problem, according to the school's headmaster Adnan Thleimat.
In addition, he said, many of the students are unable to secure the annual school fees of JD3.25.
“Some of the poorest students are exempted from paying the fees, while others are able to pay through charity provided to them by goodwill,” said Thleimat.
Acknowledging the headmaster's concerns, the Queen stressed the importance of providing students with an environment conducive to learning.
She also asked officials to provide new computers to replace the four old machines in the facility.
During her tour, Queen Rania also checked progress on construction of a new three-storey boys' school in the community.
She also visited the newly built mosque whose construction she had funded and joined citizens in prayer.
The Queen later met with community residents and instructed the concerned authorities to facilitate their use of fallow land for cultivation to improve farmers' living conditions.
The late King Hussein had granted the rural community, mostly from the Azazmeh tribe, 30,000 dunums of agricultural land to assist in their socio-economic development and an additional 2,100 dunums on which to build new homes.
The Queen asked that new housing units be provided to needy families in coordination with the Ministry of Planning.
While land is available, inhabitants of this community told the Queen their hardships were far from over as both drinking and irrigation water was scarce.
Residents told the Queen they had to travel to neighbouring villages, the closest of them at least 12 kilometres away, to obtain water.
Her visit included a stop at the village's health centre where she inspected services provided to the citizens and instructed that a full-time medical team be present at the facility to ensure that every patient receives prompt medical attention.
According to Awwad Khleifat, a non-resident doctor at the health centre, the number of patients does not exceed 10 a week.
“For a start, we have a shortage of staff. I receive around five patients twice a week but that doesn't reflect the number of people who need health services,” said Khleifat.
The doctor pointed out that poor residents could not afford medical treatment at the health centre and hence resort to other centres where services are free.
The visit to Ghweibeh is part of continuous efforts which Queen Rania has embarked on through a comprehensive approach reaching out to citizens and addressing their every need through inspection field visits that aim to improve living conditions of all Jordanians.
During recent visits, Queen Rania checked on educational and medical facilities in Sweimeh and Wadi Al Rayyan in the Jordan Valley, Bani Kinanah district in Irbid, Juweideh and Khreibet Al Souq on the outskirts of Amman, as well as Zarqa.
Pictures of the visit: GHWEIBEH, JORDAN - NOVEMBER 5: In this handout photo provided by the Jordan Royal Palace, Jordan's Queen Rania greets citizens praying at a newly built mosque November 5, 2003 in the Jordan Valley town of Ghweibeh. Queen Rania visited the town of Ghweibeh to assist in distributing 'iftar,' the Ramadan dinner meal, to those in need. (Photo by Naser Ayoub/Jordan Royal Palace via Getty Images)
Amman, Nov. 6 (Petra)--Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen
Rania Al Abdullah, left Amman for the United Kingdom on a three-day
His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Ben Al Hussein was sworn in as
Regent during His Majesty's absence abroad.
an interesting little piece of news i got from Yahoo.
Jordan's Queen Rania handed over more than half-a-million dollars in aid to the International Medical Corps (IMC) to help treat Iraqi children suffering from cancer, her office said in a statement.(AFP/File/Leila Gorchev)
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Polfoto 17-11-2003 - Amman-Jordan, November 17, 2003. Queen Rania of Jordan inaugurates Microsoft Electronic Library at the Haya Cultural Center in Marka. The Library, equiped with 19 computers and access to the internet, is expected to receive up to 30,000 Jordanians in the next two years. It is part of Microsoft marketing and partnership strategy in the Middle East.
1. Polfoto 18-11-2003 - MOSCOW, RUSSIA. NOVEMBER 18. King Abdullah II of Jordan (background C) arrives at Moscow's Vnukovo-2 airport on Tuesday. He visits Russia to discuss the Mideast situation and bilateral contacts.
2. Polfoto 19-11-2003 - MOSCOW, RUSSIA - President of Russia Vladimir Putin and King of Jordan Abdallah II during their meeting today. The King of Jordan is on a two-day working visit in Moscow.
3. Polfoto 19-11-2003 - MOSCOW, RUSSIA - President of Russia Vladimir Putin and King of Jordan Abdallah II during their meeting today. The King of Jordan is on a two-day working visit in Moscow.
4-7.www.ibl.se - 11/19/2003. King Abdullah II of Jordan meets Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Kremlin.
25 NOVEMBER 2003
Queen Rania of Jordan has been busy this week, making the royal rounds in Jordan as she champions a number of children's causes.
The queen and her husband King Abdullah II made a surprise visit to an Amman orphanage this weekend, greeting youngsters and discussing possible improvements to the centre with staff. And on Monday, Queen Rania toured the Dar Al Aman child safety centre's new headquarters.
The royal engagements came just a few days after Rania, accompanied by two dozen children, stopped by the Central Bank of Jordan to launch the Al-Aman Orphans Trust Fund Project, an initiative that aims at securing a better future for orphans in social institutions.
Earlier this month, Queen Rania handed over more than $500,000 – including $250,000 worth of medical supplies – to the humanitarian organisation International Medical Corps. The money, which was raised at a gala dinner by the STARS Foundation, will go towards helping treat Iraqi children suffering from cancer.
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Queen Rania of Jordan listens to the speech of ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger during the opening of the exhibition 'Women and War' at the 28th International Conference of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent at the International Conference Center in Geneve, December 3, 2003. Yahoo.
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Jordan's Queen Rania handed over more than half-a-million dollars in aid to the International Medical Corps (IMC) to help treat Iraqi children suffering from cancer, her office said in a statement.(AFP) November 12, 2003
Amman-Jordan, December 10, 2003. Queen Rania Al Abdallah visits Al-Kamalia High School For Girls to celebrate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1950). The Queen discussed with the students the meanings of the Human Rights.