The Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) was established by Royal Decree in
1985 to help improve the overall quality of life of Jordanians by responding to
their diverse socio-economic needs, introducing innovative, dynamic and
sustainable development models, and setting national and regional standards of
Chaired by Her Majesty Queen Noor, NHF and its programs have helped advance
development thinking in Jordan by progressing beyond charity-oriented social
welfare practices to integrate social development strategies more closely with
Over the past two and a half decades, NHF has served hundreds of thousands of
Jordanians. Through its comprehensive, integrated Community Development Program,
(comprising the Quality of Life project, Qudorat, the Poverty Pockets, and the
Capacity-Building and Business Development Services Unit), NHF provides
education, training, and financial support to some of society’s most vulnerable
NHF's strategy focuses on a business-oriented, marketing approach for micro
and small enterprises, with a special emphasis on women’s empowerment and
self-reliance. NHF provides extensive on-the-job training that enables women to
manage their own businesses.
Through the efforts of its Community Development Programs, NHF has handed 53
income-generating projects to local community members who have transformed them
into cooperatives and carved a successful niche in the marketplace. Through this
initiative, 2,350 jobs were created. NHF continues to support these independent
cooperatives with product development and marketing.
In 1988, NHF introduced the concept of rural lending based on Al Murabaha
Islamic lending method. Revolving loan funds have been established in rural
villages to create job opportunities and enhance productivity of entrepreneurs.
These funds are managed by a trained local loan committee in each village, under
the supervision of the Quality of Life’s Credit Unit.
Based on the
success of its micro-credit programs, NHF launched an affiliate microfinance
company in 1999, the Jordan Micro Credit Company (Tamweelcom). Tamweelcom
disburses loans to low-income entrepreneurs to enable them to set up and expand
their micro-enterprises. Today, Tameeelcom has 11 branches located throughout
Since its inception, NHF has disbursed over 40,000 loans. The majority of
beneficiaries are women.
NHF also works to promote cross-cultural understanding through the arts
within Jordan and the world. The National Center for Culture & Performing
Arts (PAC), which is a highly successful NHF institution, combines development
with the arts through its innovative theatre-in-education approach that
disseminates development messages through drama and interactive theatre. It also
established Jordan's first drama and dance schools.
for Family Health (IFH) was originally set up as a model health center in
Sweileh to contribute to the national efforts of improving the quality of
maternal and child healthcare services in Jordan. Since then, its programs have
expanded nationally. The IFH provides high quality and comprehensive services to
children and women at minimum affordable fees through its Pediatric Unit, Child
Development Unit, Laboratory, dental clinic and Women’s Health and Counseling
30,000 children have benefited from NHF's primary health care services,
including early detection of children's disabilities; thousands of young people
benefit from workshops on unconventional career options, civic responsibility,
and the dangers of smoking, drug addiction, and HIV/AIDS; and environmental
youth clubs have been established in many villages.
NHF programs have generated thousands of jobs, disbursed tens of thousands of
loans to micro-entrepreneurs and provided training and business development
services to thousands more. Local NGOs and cooperatives have been established
and strengthened, while tens of thousands of women have benefited from literacy,
leadership, communications and gender training, as well as comprehensive health
and counseling services.
The success of NHF Projects has confirmed that non-governmental organizations
can play a leading role in sustainable development, and act as catalysts and
supporters for the social safety net.