Rise of the Orphans

While we sit at our homes ,clicking to choose our next virtual cause , something is happening on the fourth circle right here in Jordan Amman, just before the Prime Ministry of Jordan , Jordanian Youth who were not lucky in getting raised by or with a family , those who were called by some a mistake or a disgrace , some called them Forbidden sons, and some call them without many words criminals , stood up to ask for what has been taken away from them , something they deserve without bequest , something every respectable country provides its citizens with ” to be treated like Humans “.

Those Kids were raised in dorms of the Ministry of social development , translated from Arabic they call it Houses of Care , those houses were supposed to give the kids what was taken away from them by parent’s or community’s choice something we take for granted ” parents and a family”, yet we find out that those houses had more beasts in them than a wild desert , graduating kids who are incapable of continuing school nor work, some of them can’t read and write, and some of them choose to shelter in prison with a made up crime to find at least food.

It is the care homes law that Kids on their 18 birthday are kicked out of the dorm with no plans to get them through. All donations directed to them were gone to some of them and the rest were ignored for berocratic reasons and corruption – as said one of the orphans – and they never received the actual donations.

The RISE :

Five days ago after suffering many years generation after generation they have decided they had enough, after being ignored by the community and the system now they have nothing to loose , they stood up and declared their situation to the world , they put what they need on paper and decided never to leave until those demands are met , and guess what ? they are asking for shelter , yes , simple and sustainable shelter will give those kids a reason to go home , and a reason to move on with their lives.

They are not asking for constitutional amendments , or constitutional monarchy , or fair and clean elections , or amendments to 308 criminal law , or any other political agenda , they are only asking for a shelter which was given to them through the royal initiative of ( sakan kareem ) or a rent that some of those who read this article would spend a year worth of rent in one dinner.

They also have discrimination issues , did you know that most of them have a unique ID number? please watch 000 ID on youtube to understand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4mh1AnUrSI ID 000

Today after sleeping for five days and four nights , they stopped his royal highness Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and explained their situation and why they were there for many days, understanding the situation HRH asked from the Prime Minister to meet them and talk , then His Excellency Mr. Al Jazi came down to talk to them , along with his excellency Mr. AL Mufti who happened to know about their situation from old times when he served in the ministry of interior affairs.

They were promised to meet the PM tomorrow , they are brave young kids who love the country and love the king , and most of all they clean their mess everyday , the fourth circle breaths today with hope , when those brothers and sisters closed their eyes on the grass with hope of a better tomorrow based on the promises of the PM missionaries.

When you neglect your brother and sister ( and some call them Sons and daughters ) long enough until they go to the streets then it is clear that you have not done your Job quite well. We as citizens understand budgeting , and priorities and all the Bla Bla Bla governmental talk , but to know that everytime something comes to the surface to talk about the Orphan’s news of those Kids was put down with bribe and threatening them and the advocates indirectly is also a BIG fail.

Today was hope , let tomorrow be some action

Good luck brave brothers and sisters we all stand next to you.

7 thoughts on “Rise of the Orphans

  1. This is a cause near to my heart. It is a disgrace that has gone on for long enough. It is a disgrace on you, me and every other citizen of Jordan. If we had stood by them, ya Omar, from the start, this situation would not exist today. In fact, I can say without reservation that such situations only exist in corrupt countries without pride and dignity. Strong words? Perhaps. One day we will all stand before our Lord and be asked about the plight of orphans.

  2. SOS children’s villages in Jordan has been working for 28 years. There are three villages in Aqaba, Irbid and Amman, which house at the moment 340 children ages up to 14. There are 8 youth houses where the children go to live after 14 with a supervisor.
    At the villages, every 9 children live in a house with an SOS “Mother”, who is trained, worked for two years as an “aunt” meaning an assistant to the mothers , and then becomes a mother. All mothers are constantly getting training by the administration, by sos international, the “amn el 3am” and “difa3 el madani, amongst other subjects , such as children’s rights.
    Although many children come from difficult background, the SOS family tries to provide the best care for the child. The village is like “neighborhood”, where children in live in a house with their brothers and sisters, and mother. They mothers do the regular chores as all biological mothers. They dress them, send them off to school, cook for them, help them with homeworks, take them to drs. when they are not well. manage to keep the peace between siblings, amongst all the things that are required of mothers. Over the years we have had many success stories, of very healthy children who are now in the workforce.
    At 18, if they do not wish to continue their education, we help them find homes, and find jobs. Some are more hardworking than others, and manage to work well , keep their jobs, and raise their own families. Others, may be less fortunate, and less likely to put in hard work. It is important to keep perspective and statistics of the children that have been taken care of at the different institutions.
    SOS is very proud of the children it has raised. I invite you to visit us on fridays, and see the grown children coming to visit their moms, and bringing their grandchildren with them to visit their grandmothers.
    Our work is only possible through the support of friends and supporters. We appreciate this support and work very hard at earning it.
    May I take you up on your suggestion, and instead of it being a “virtual cause”, please each one of us approach a youth at the circle near the ministry, find him or her a job, and follow up on them for a year. This would be a very proactive way to solve the problem. Please keep a journal, so that we can follow up on them within a year.
    I know we at SOS are constantly doing that. If you and all those who are interviewing the youth take one person each, you will be helping out in a positive way.

    NB: All children at SOS are sent to us from the ministry of Social affairs, and we make it a point when there are biological brothers and sisters, to keep them in the same home.

  3. I would like to add that on 26/10/2011, SOS initiated a workshop that included many stakeholders to address the different issues of “Majhouli al Nassab”
    The main issues of concern, that we have been working on over the year are:
    1. change the number of the ID cards for orphans
    2. be able to give the name of the father to the child, if the father is known, even if the child is born our of wedlock. ( believe it or not this is not possible with the current practice)
    3. change the wording of ” majhouli al nassab”, which is derogatory to the children.

  4. With all due respect to the individual efforts of SOS we know as activists in tgis feild how do the children graduate from SOS homes.
    Usually a not well paid mother looks over ten children, not enough care not enough support. Negelected children are potential criminals. No one has done their Jobs properly not even the SOS.
    Sorry if i came down on this comment, but again turn off the the AC and go listen to what they have to say.

  5. I have been volunteering with SOS for the past 20 years. Finding funds to be able to run SOS and pay the mothers better salaries is one of the many things we work for, including finding jobs for our graduates.
    If you would like to help out, we need all the support we can get.

  6. To refer to our children as “potential criminals” is out of line.
    We are very proud of our children, and the many success stories over the past 28 years are proof of the hard work done at SOS. With 210 “Graduates” from SOS villages and houses, 73 are married with families of their own to raise, 81 have obtained university or college degrees, 58 vocational training, 108 are currently employed, 43 are housewives, raising their kids, and 28 still continuing their studies.

    We are in no way the “perfect” family, but It would be hard to find one even amongst children with privileged homes. We strive to give the best of what we can to those who have had a challenged childhood and did not have the privilege of being raised by their own families. It is a constant struggle and a daily challenge taken on by the administration.

  7. Dear Reem,

    With all due respect ,

    Apologies I didn’t meant to offend you Sitti,

    Nevertheless , when I said potential criminals , I mean with less care and support , like most care houses , the children develop psychological issues.

    I have dedicated my efforts in a certain area will I am not just talking from behind a screen or from a castle. Admitting the problem is the start of the cure , not admitting the problem is another problem by itself.

    I know volunteers , Moms , kids and more from SOS villages I know what I am taking about , yes there is success stories , but does the success stories make the rest of the problems go away.

    I am not pointing a finger on SOS , yet I will not accept anything but the truth and the TRUTH is we have many problems that we need to face and admit, in this field , not admitting the problem is the only ” out of line ” thing.

    Omar

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