Himmat Watan Fund a possible core to future charity action, says PM
Amman, Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz, said contributions made by Jordanians to the Himmat Watan (A Nation’s Effort) Fund has enabled the government to carry out various priorities set at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in the health areas, daily-workers and hardest-hit jobless citizens.
Lauding the Fund as a “great” achievement, Razzaz said the pandemic’s economic and social repercussions haven’t been fully addressed, which requires sustainability of the initiative’s operations and the need to make further donations.
Speaking during a meeting on Thursday, with its Vice-Chairman, Jamal Sarayrah, and the various stakeholders, Razzaz said this national initiative can form a nucleus for institutional work for charitable work in the future to deal with any emergency situations.
Expressing appreciation to he Fund’s efforts and donors, he said donations will be spent properly and according to the highest criteria of transparency.
The meeting went over the Fund’s spending priorities and the possibility to allocate an amount to Jordanians stranded abroad, who are incapable of paying the repatriation costs.
For his part, Sarayrah said the donations have so far amounted to JD93, 3 million, of which JD73 million were channeled to the National Aid Fund, and JD3 million to active charity and relief institutions.
Sarayrah also said the Fund has allocated JD1 million to finance repatriation of Jordanians stranded abroad.
Source: Jordan News Agency