Orphaned children in Jordan experience new joys as a civil society group looks after them over the Eid al-Adha festive period.
For this year’s Eid al-Adha, an initiative called Change has brought together a number of volunteer and community groups from across Jordan to distribute clothes to orphaned children. The clothes were donated to the initiative by generous people across Jordan, so that orphaned children still have the opportunity to celebrate and receive gifts on Eid al-Adha.
“We, as a Jordanian civil society group, sympathise with orphans and take advantage of every opportunity to tell them that we are with them and will not forget them,” said Ali al-Abous, a member of the local council.
The initiative brought together orphans between the ages of five to 12 years, who were given fake money that they were able to use to purchase the donated clothing. Each child was given a volunteer to escort them around the “shop” and help them select the right clothing for their size.
“Every year we wait for Eid al-Adha to see the smile on the faces of children,” said Khaled al-Masa, the founder of the Change initiative. “We started the project seven years ago and volunteers wait for this project from year to year.”
Over the past seven years, the Change initiative has given the children a day that they can look forward to all year round. The initiative also provides the orphaned children with an opportunity to socialise with other children.
“Today I was very happy,” said Ghaida, one of the orphaned children that took part in the initiative. “I chose beautiful clothes and I will try them on.”
All over the world, Muslims have come together to celebrate Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. In neighbouring Syria, an estimated 30,000 people living in displacement in Turkey have crossed back into the country so that they can spend Eid al-Adha with their families.