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28/3/2017: Queen Rania visited the Queen Rania Family and Child Center’s newest interactive programs for child and family welfare in Jordan. The Queen’s first tour stop was “Beit Sgheer,” a simulated home environment that includes a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, a living room, a garden, and a ‘feelings’ room. The program aims to teach children and families about concepts of child abuse prevention through hands-on activities.

Her Majesty learned about the Power of Art program which offers interactive art projects including pottery, drawing, and puppet making to help raise its participants’ awareness on child safety. The Queen then joined several Syrian refugee families and listened to the mothers recount how art has helped them and their children communicate more effectively and develop new skills.

She also toured the Green House Corner, which hosts joint activities to help improve self-esteem with a variety of gardening and planting activities. Her Majesty’s last stop was at Al Karma Kitchen, the center’s newest branch, established in March of this year for the purpose of providing economic empowerment opportunities for women. 

The Queen Rania Family and Child Center is a community center established in 2005 under the Jordan River Foundation’s Child and Safety Program. The center currently offers child protection activities targeting areas with more than 250,000 inhabitants mainly from Jordanian, Palestinian and Syrian origins (Source: Petra)

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