“In 2008, one video of a child being beaten by the caregiver in an orphanage changed my life forever,” remarked Maran Maayah Abu Jaber, the founder and the presidentof Alhadaf. , “It gave me two choices, blame the system or roll my sleeves up and establish a safe place to help the children and families in Jordan who suffers from injustice".
In 2014, Alhadaf was born out of the founder’s overwhelming passion towards orphans in Jordan and the social and cultural injustices they suffer. Alhadaf helps any child who has lost quality care and experienced neglect, including traditional orphans as well as social orphans, unsupervised children, street children, and abandoned children. Alhadaf also assists neglected refugees (adults and children) who are considered war orphans. Therefore, we define orphans as any individual who lost their safe environment due to a traumatic life event.This includes people from all backgrounds and age without discrimination against religion, skin color, social class or education.
The late Peter F. Drucker eloquently pronounced that all nonprofits are in the business of changing humans, and Alhadaf aims to achieve that ideal by providing a holding environment. A holding environment is a psychological concept based on the notion that people are most capable and autonomous when they feel secure and attached to trusted individuals, something that our beneficiaries have tragically lost.
Metaphorically, Alhadaf Institute is a temporary shelter in which people caught in storms find their way. There, they have the opportunity to collapse in front of a fire while others bring them warm clothes and soup, offer comforting words and help them reach their destination. We provide an arms-around experience, which reignites the passion for life andwill allow for growth and healing with patience.
Culturally, Jordan is known for its beautiful and harsh deserts, and part of its culture is the Bedouin tents that can be found standing tall in the middle of cold and remote places. The tent represents a place of warmth around a fire at night, hospitality and nourishments in the morning, and safety from any external danger. We are this space to our beloved beneficiaries. Alhadaf Institute’s core purposeis to be this shelter to all those who have lost their right to be cared for and need someone who can meet their trauma with compassion, empathy, hope, and direction.
At Alhadaf, we provide training and education opportunity to our partners, volunteers, interns, and beneficiaries, and we aim to provide the best quality care, engaging people of our community as well as global partners worldwide. Moreover, Alhadaf’s long-term vision is to extend its reach through local and regional partners and establish a network of “tents” across all deserts in Jordan and the Middle East by 2025.
Our core values reflect our core purpose and serve as an anchor in everything we do. We value psychological safety and physical security. We respect each other as humans deserving dignity. We extend care to our employees, interns and volunteers, and treat them and their families as our priority, and we seek to present everything we do with the best quality and spirit of excellence.
Our vision is to live in a society that treats all orphans (children and adults) with respect and dignity without prejudice. We believe that every human deserves to live safely, learn, and grow.