An Islamic Relief Worldwide delegation has met with a member of the Jordanian royal family, in a session designed to strengthen our work in the country and the wider region.

In Amman last week, CEO Dr Mohamed Ashmawey and Lotfy El-Sayed, Head of Middle East Department, met with HRH Prince Elhassan Bin Talal – who is also the Honorary President of the Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organisation (JHCO).

Discussions included broader strategies to alleviate poverty and suffering in the Middle East.

Discussions included discussed broader strategies to alleviate poverty and suffering in the Middle East.

During the meeting, which was also attended by His Excellency Ayman Al Mufleh, General Secretary of the JHCO, and His Excellency Mohammad Naser Kilani, Director for Planning, Coordination and Programmes, we updated His Royal Highness on our work with Syrian refugees in Jordan. In just six months, our programmes saw over 200,000 Syrians benefitting from food, clothing, and other essential items – as well as support with accommodation, education, and medical care.

Strategies to alleviate poverty and suffering

We also discussed broader strategies to alleviate poverty and suffering in the Middle East, with His Royal Highness advising on how Islamic Relief may grow further and strengthen its operations in the region.

Dr Mohamed Ashmawey, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide, said: “This was a very useful session, in which we were able to update His Royal Highness on our humanitarian programmes in Jordan, and share strategies on how best to expand our impact in the region – so we can reach even more people across the Middle East and beyond.

“His Royal Highness is renowned for his international commitment to humanitarianism, and a role model for many. We warmly welcome the support which he is providing, and – in particular – look forward to continuing to work together with the Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organisation to get real help to those that need it most.”

Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Jordan Hashemite Charitable Organisation signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year, in which the organisations agreed to work together on key issues facing the world today.

We have been working in Jordan since 1997, our work currently includes support for Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in the country – as well as projects to assist poor Jordanian families.