Jordanian Ministry Al Hadaf aka “The Purpose” Serves Refugee and Orphaned Children

Children in Zaatari refugee camp. (Header photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Refugees and orphans flooding into Jordan are receiving therapy and life skill training through Al Hadaf, a ministry whose name means “the purpose.”

Maran Maayah, founder of Al Hadaf, explains that God placed a burden on her heart to help orphan and refugee children.

“The vision was birthed in my soul and my heart that every child deserves a chance to live, learn, and grow. God called me to the children living in Jordan from Iraq, from Jordan, any nationality, so we started Al Hadaf serving Jordanian orphans. Then we started helped Iraq refugees when ISIS invasion happened in Iraq.”

Help for the Hurting

Maayah believes helping children is especially important because of how vulnerable they are.

She especially wants to help “the child who is, for example, physically abused or sexually abused or emotionally abused and [doesn’t] know that this is abuse. Some children are used to that kind of abuse because they don’t know that this is wrong,” she says. “The child is, especially the orphan, without a parent. I feel they need someone that can take that role until they are with a family or an adult that can take care of them.”

With over 750,000 registered refugees, Jordan has the second most refugees by population density. Maayah and the rest of the staff at Al Hadaf have developed programs to help those hurting in several ways. One way they help orphans is through a life skills curriculum.

“We help the children through teaching them life skills [and] how precious they are in the eyes of the Creator because [most of] the orphans in Jordan were abandoned, so they don’t have even a family’s name and a tribal community,” Maayah explains. “Then we go to hygiene and then we go to relationships, up to dealing with money.”

Al Hadaf also helps train the children’s caregivers in the Jordanian foster care system.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer


  • Pray God will give Maayah strength and guidance as she leads Al Hadaf.
  • Pray for wisdom for the team at Al Hadaf.
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