Arab Bank launches ‘Together for the Better Program’, partners with Madrasati

31 Aug, 2009

The Arab Bank is launching its newly developed program, ‘Together”, or “Ma3an” in Arabic, which is a large scale corporate and social responsibility program. Through partnerships with different non-profit organizations which cover areas ranging from education to the environment, the Arab Bank’s program aims to promote collaboration, volunteerism and citizenship.

The first activity in this program is the adoption of a school under the Madrasati initiative led by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdulla. Madrasati, launched In 2008, with the goal to improve 500 public schools that are in urgent need of repair in Jordan. Al Sawaneya School located in Salt, will be renovated and its infrastructure improved and ensure proper maintenance of the facilities and building a learning conducive environment are on the top priorities list.

Upon completion, the Madrasati Initiative will introduce programs at the school to enable students to build a healthy educational environment. Arab Bank employees will also have the opportunity to volunteer their time with the students by providing tutoring, classes and other activities.

Chairman and CEO, Abdel Hamid Shoman explained, “In tough economic times, Corporate and Social Responsibility and non profit organizations suffer. It is the private sector’s responsibility to try and create sustainable ways of support towards these important initiatives. In line with one of Arab Bank’s core values, citizenship, we are active corporate citizens, fostering the growth and advancement of our communities. One of the ways of doing that is by highlighting and providing simple ways of volunteering and contributing.”

Historically, the Arab Bank has been active in sponsoring educational institutions, in addition to providing scholarships to students. Universities, schools, hospitals, youth and cultural centers, orphanages, and various NGO's are among hundreds of beneficiaries in local communities with whom the Bank has partnered.

“We are very excited to introduce this structured and hopefully sustainable approach to CSR. Arab Bank has always given back to the community and served as a respected corporate citizen. We see ourselves as one big family consisting of our customers and employees, and the program Together literally brings us even closer to make a difference,” stated Dina Shoman, Executive Vice President of Branding. Ms. Shoman added that more of the program’s features will be announced very shortly.

For more information about Madrasati please visit: www.madrasati.jo