November 17 2008

Children's village in Jordan receives a distinguished guest

17/11/2008 - On 11 November the SOS Children's Village in Aqaba received Ms. Margit Fischer, the First Lady of Austria.

Photo: Abraham Vergian
A warm welcome in Aqaba Photo: A. Vergian

Many high-ranking representatives of SOS Children's Villages Jordan as well as the village director in Aqaba, but first and foremost the SOS mothers and children warmly welcomed their guest.

Margit Fischer, who was accompanied by an Austrian delegation, was all ears for the president of SOS Children's Villages in Jordan Mr. Ali Krayim, who explained the work of SOS Children's Villages in Jordan and stressed how important it was that Jordan and Austria had a good relationship.

Photo: Abraham Vergian
Music unites - Photo: A. Vergian

The First Lady then admired the art work the children had crafted from waste goods they had collected in the framework of a project for the protection of the environment called "Clean the World 2008." A little boy presented her with a picture he had painted. The welcoming ceremony also featured a group of children from the SOS Children's Village in Irbid who performed a traditional dance. Ms. Fischer also visited a family house and the SOS Kindergarten, taking her time to talk to mothers and children.

Photo: Abraham Vergian
Everyone came to meet with the First Lady - Photo: A. Vergian
To commemorate her visit, Ms. Fischer signed the guest book and received a plaque from the director of SOS Children's Villages Jordan and the village director, as well as a photograph the children had all signed. But of course, Margit Fischer had not come empty-handed: she had brought the children of SOS Children's Village Aqaba a top-notch keyboard, a generous and wise present that will ensure her visit will have a truly resounding effect for years to come!

Heinz and Margit Fischer have supported the work of SOS Children's Villages for years and have visited the organisation's facilities on a number of occasions. For instance, the president of Austria attended the celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the SOS Children's Village in Hinterbrühl, Lower Austria in 2007.