What impact has Sen. Harris Wooford had on the cause of service?
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan is an international humanitarian activist and an outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice. Queen Noor plays a major role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament. She has also helped found media programs to highlight these issues. Her conflict recovery and peacebuilding work over the past decade has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.
As President and Honorary President of United World Colleges, Queen Noor and Nelson Mandela unite to foster peace and international understanding through the global education initiative.Queen Noor‘s work in Jordan since 1978 has focused on national development needs in the areas of education, sustainable development, human rights and cross-cultural understanding. She is also actively involved with international and UN organizations that address global challenges in these fields.
The initiatives of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) which she chairs have transformed development thinking in Jordan through pioneering programs in the areas of poverty eradication, health, women’s empowerment, microfinance, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange, many of which are internationally acclaimed models for the Middle East and the developing world. As chair of the King Hussein Foundation, Queen Noor dedicates the Sun Microsystems Center at the Foundation’s Jubilee School for exceptional students, a pioneer in distance and computer-assisted learning.
Question: What impact has Sen. Harris Wooford had on the cause of service?
Queen Noor: Senator Wofford has to be one of my biggest heroes. Sargent Shriver and Senator Wofford were the driving force behind an institution, and more than that, a grand idea, the Peace Corps that inspired me in so many of my generation to understand that we could make meaningful contributions through public service, and that those contributions could have an impact on the larger world. I grew up as an Arab-American already feeling connected to a larger world. The Peace Corps and so much of what has grown out of it gave me the ability… it really motivated me and inspired me in everything that I have sought to achieve in my life since. And, as I have said on a number of occasions, the ideals and the values and the mission of the Peace Corps and of the spirit behind it really is what first drew King Hussein and myself together as we found common ground, having grown up in completely different worlds. We found common ground through this concept of public service and joined our lives together to carry on. I feel that I am a Peace Corps volunteer to this day and will continue to be and consider every Peace Corps volunteer a sister and a brother and a hero.
As one of the driving forces behind the Peace Corps, Sen. Wooford is one of Queen Noor's biggest heroes.
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