René Alexander Swarts

René was born in The Hague on the 18th of March 1924. He passed away on the 7th of January 1967.

From 1955 until 1963 he worked in Iraq for the Dutch engineering company DHV, now RoyalHaskoning DHV. He was involved in the construction of water purification systems, which has greatly improved the living circumstances of the Iraqi people.

He felt at home in the Arab world and was especially impressed by the simple and honest lifestyle of the Bedouin and their hospitality.

We have established this foundation in memory of René and, in his spirit, we commit ourselves to bettering the lives of the Bedouin in Jordan by increasing their self-sustainability, offering short-term financial aid, and looking for opportunities for schooling and employment.