While the inhabitants of Ghor Al-Mazra'a battle poverty, lack of opportunities and marginalization on the one hand, a select few college age youth have been given an opportunity to pursue a higher education to build a brighter future for themselves and their community.
Nestled in the southern Jordan valley – located on the southern shores of the Dead Sea in an extremely hot and arid environment, Ghor Al-Mazra'a is plagued by poor development and inadequate Government funding for local services.
The region is home to over 50,000 people, the majority of whom survive on less than US$1 a day.
Ghor Al-Mazra'a has a history of marginalization, compounded by political and economic domination by outsiders. An undercurrent of racial discrimination against the local population due to their dark complexion is also a well-known fact.View Gallery
The majority of inhabitants subsist on agriculture, primarily growing tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables in a harsh climate with extremely salty soil.
The area is also home to one of the largest employers in Jordan, the Arab Potash company, but the chances of locals getting a job there are slim - mainly due to limited educational attainment.
Regardless of the type of work they currently do, or the work they aspire to, the people of Ghor Al-Mazra'a need a good, solid education that gives them the skills and opportunities to compete in the Jordanian job market and help to develop their local society.View Gallery
Students supported by the Minhati University Scholarship Education Fund have been selected based on outstanding academic and personal achievements, and superior leadership skills.
The Fund invests in a select number of students who have excelled despite the hardships, are driven to succeed and have a strong desire to make a difference in their local community.
We require that students sponsored by Minhati give back to the community and in the process we aim to create a virtuous cycle where current students and future graduates of the program give back to develop their communities and improve the lives of others around them.View Gallery