KHF Outreach
Save the Children–Madrid Honors KHF/NHF with Amigos de los Niños Award
6th October 2008
Madrid, Spain (6 October 2008) - Save the Children honored Her Majesty Queen Noor with the 2008 Amigo de los Niños Award on behalf of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation and the King Hussein Foundation at a ceremony with Spanish authorities, cultural representatives, business leaders and media on October 6 in Madrid. Other awardees were Nadine Gordimer (Nobel Prize in Literature 1991), Prof. Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize 2006), and Dr. Pedro Alonso (Scientist, research on Malaria vaccine).

In accepting the award, Her Majesty recalled working with Save the Children 25 years earlier in Jordan to initiate two projects focused on women’s and children’s health, education, income generation and micro-credit, which became catalysts for the Noor Al Hussein Foundation’s pioneering national and regional programs to fight poverty, promote women’s economic empowerment and maternal and child health, and micro-lending at the community level. The Queen credited the original Save the Children projects with sowing the seeds that led to the creation of NHF’s Jordan Micro Credit Company (Tamweelcom), now recognized as one of the top ten microfinance institutions in the world.

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