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Fastlink launches ‘Emergency Aid Fund’

Leading mobile operator in the Kingdom, Fastlink, launched on Sunday in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) an “Emergency Aid Fund” (EAF), which aims to provide support and assistance to needy and underprivileged families as well as individuals who are not covered by the National Aid Fund (NAF) of the MoSD.

The EAF is designed to raise the living standards of citizens by distributing extra cash donations to those who are poor and needy but who do not meet the NAF requirements. Fastlink CEO Mohammad Saqer said the company acts out of commitment to the Jordanian society, and is always keen to launch humanitarian initiatives to enforce solidarity among the people and to fulfill His Majesty King Abdallah’s aspirations. “We also hope to be an exemplary private sector company that works to support national efforts aimed at alleviating the suffering of the less fortunate members of society,” said Saqer.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday at the company’s headquarters, Saqer said with the help of the Fund, Fastlink seeks to establish a mechanism that deals with the numerous petitions received from citizens throughout the year and to find one unified umbrella that handles those needs in order to ensure that help reaches those who are deprived. Saqer said that the Company hopes to institutionalize all its funds and initiatives in the future, pointing out that help provided to citizens is a long-term commitment that would not end this year. During the past year Fastlink has launched an educational fund, which offers grants to excelling and needy students. These funds, Saqer said, came as a result of a thorough survey of the requirements of Jordanians from cross sectors so as to learn more about those needs and work to fulfill them.

A recent study by the Ministry of planning indicates that 14.2 percent of Jordanians live below the poverty line i.e. 724,000 out of a population of 5.1 million. Saqer told the press that the Company’s activities, which kicked off last year and continue during the current year, are part of Fastlink’s 10th anniversary celebrations. “This is an occasion to invite all people to participate in our celebrations, which take a different form from the usual. It is an occasion to pay back to society for the substantial role it played to help our company reach this level of success and distinction,” said Saqer. Signing the Fund agreement were Minister of Social Development Dr Riyad Abu Karaki and Fastlink’s Mohammad Saqer. According to the agreement, a committee will be formed to identify and select eligible beneficiaries in view of their social and economic conditions as shown in the survey. The committee comprises members from the ministry, to be nominated by the minister, in addition to Fastlink representatives, also to be appointed by the CEO.

Conditions set for the families that will benefit from the Fund include not having dual aid coverage and having a monthly income of JD100 or less. Eligibility is decided following a study of the family’s social and economic conditions by the ministry. Applicants must send their petitions to the MoSD or to any of Fastlink’s outlets, which are then reviewed by the committee members. According to the Fund’s regulations, the committee holds the right to amend its decisions in the event that there is evidence of inaccuracy in the information presented by the citizens. Furthermore, cash is withheld once there are changes in any of the preconditions for eligibility of assistance.

Last September, Fastlink launched an educational fund, which was set up with the objective of creating equal educational opportunities for Jordanians irrespective of their economic conditions. Ten educational grants were presented to excelling students, while one grant went to a student with special needs. In fulfillment of His Majesty King Abdallah’s vision of reinforcing social equality, Fastlink launched last year an extensive charity campaign that benefited a number of underprivileged Jordanian families, following newspaper coverage in the local press about their suffering. Fastlink gave out winter items and foodstuffs to the families.

The winter campaign, which continued for one week, was inspired by the King’s kind gesture to the poor when he distributed winter coats to school students. Fastlink has also conducted numerous other campaigns during the past year, one of which collected donations to King Hussein Cancer Center in support of cancer patients. During Ramadan last year, Fastlink set up “Rahmah” Iftar meals in five governorates across the Kingdom, during which more than 30,000 meals were offered to those in need, all in keeping with Ramadan’s essential values of benevolence and goodwill.

Amman,14March2005
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