KSRelief dispatches winter kits to Neelum Valley

Time: 20 January, 2020

KSRelief official helps a child donning a glove amid a campaign by the center, in Pakistan on Jan. 18, 2020. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)
  • The Saudi aid agency’s $1.5 million winter relief project is expected to benefit 150,000 people
  • Pakistan is likely to witness extreme weather events in the future as well, says expert

ISLAMABAD: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) will dispatch warm clothes and winter kits to Neelum Valley in Azad Kashmir on Monday to help the residents of the area who were suffering from harsh weather conditions, said the organization’s officials.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), at least 105 people were killed and 96 injured in the wake of the recent weather-related incidents in the country. The majority of casualties were reported from Azad Kashmir where heavy rains and snowfall triggered avalanches, especially in the Neelum Valley area.
“KSRelief is going to distribute 7,500 winter kits, including 15,000 blankets, shawls for men and women, socks, gloves and caps in Azad Kashmir. Most of these items will find their way to the most effected districts of Neelum Valley,” KSRelief told Arab News via a statement on Sunday.
Earlier this month, KSRelief launched a $1.5 million winter relief project to distribute 30,000 winter bags containing 180 tons of goods in 21 districts across Pakistan. The initiative is expected to benefit 150,000 people.
“As Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has received record snow due to severe cold weather this year … KSRelief distributed 16,000 blankets and 8,000 pieces of winter gear, including 16,000 men’s and women’s shawls, socks, gloves, and caps along with warm clothes for children,” the agency said in its statement.
Last week, the Saudi aid agency distributed 3,000 blankets and 1,500 pieces of winter gears in Astor district of Gilgit-Baltistan under the program.
With one of the largest humanitarian aid budgets in the world, KSRelief has been working in 46 countries. Pakistan is the fifth-largest recipient of its assistance and has received more than $117.6 million in aid since 2005.
The organization once again jumped into action as a bout of bitter cold swept across Pakistan and heavy rains and snowfall paralyzed life in the country’s northern areas and Balochistan.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned that heavy rains and snow in northwestern parts of Balochistan may result in flash floods. The province has recorded the heaviest snowfall in two decades, according to the PMD.
A westerly wave has also engulfed northern parts of the country, the PMD said in a statement, which may lead to cold and dry weather in much of Pakistan and result in extremely frigid climate in north Balochistan.
The PMD’s former director general, Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, who is also one of the authors of the country’s climate change policy, told Arab News via phone on Sunday that the recent snowfall and extreme weather patterns were unprecedented.
“This unusually cold weather and snowfall can be attributed to climate change since Pakistan is one of the top 10 countries in the world that are most adversely effected by the phenomenon,” he said, adding that such extreme weather events would continue in the future as well.
“We can also expect such climate events in the future. Either there will be no rain, resulting in a drought, or there will be extreme snowfall and rain, making us deal with emergency situations such as the one we have recently witnessed. The country must adapt itself to deal with its vulnerability to climate change,” Chaudhary said.

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KSRelief chief: Saudi Arabia largest donor to Sudan with $1.2bn aid

Time: 19 January, 2020

KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah attends the high-level roundtable meeting on Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan in London. (SPA)
  • Kingdom one of the key supporters of African nation, given historic ties

LONDON: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) said the Kingdom had been one of the largest donors to Sudan, with a total amount of donations exceeding $1.2 billion until 2019, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah stressed that the strong historical ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan made support for the country and people essential.
This came during Al-Rabeeah’s participation in the high-level roundtable meeting in London on the international response to the humanitarian situation in Sudan, co-hosted by the UK, Sweden, and the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Al-Rabeeah said: “The Kingdom appreciates the efforts of the UK, Sweden, and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock in organizing this meeting.”
He wished everyone success in establishing funding to meet the humanitarian needs of the Sudanese people, and support social protection and economic reforms to overcome the challenges of the transitional period.

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KSRelief’s 2020 plan includes implementing several medical campaigns in Sudan, two of which are anti-blindness campaigns at a cost of $750,000 and two for heart surgery and catheters at a cost of $1.5 million, and for urinary tract surgery at a cost of $1.5 million.

“As the Kingdom is aware of the economic, humanitarian, climatic, and health challenges facing the people of Sudan, it has partnered with the UAE by announcing on April 21, 2019, a package of joint aid worth $3 billion, $500 million of which deposited in the Central Bank of Sudan to support the economy and the currency. Saudi Arabia also increased its investments in Sudan’s private sector,” he added.
Al-Rabeeah pointed out that KSRelief’s 2020 plan includes implementing several medical campaigns in Sudan, two of which are anti-blindness campaigns at a cost of $750,000 and two for heart surgery and catheterizations at a cost of $1.5 million, and for urinary tract surgery at a cost of $1.5 million. The Kingdom was also keen to support Sudan in the economic field to achieve political stability.
Al-Rabeeah said that Saudi Arabia supported international efforts to hold a donor conference for Sudan in 2020, aimed at reaching the largest amount of funding to help the people of Sudan.

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Saudi Arabia tops donor states to Yemeni aid fund

Time: 16 January, 2020

Saudi Arabia is a top aid provider in Yemen. (SPA)
  • The total funding of Saudi Arabia was $968.4 million

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been named as the world’s top contributor to a fund providing vital humanitarian aid for Yemen.

According to a report issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Kingdom remained the chief supporter of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) 2019, which is estimated to be $4.19 billion.

The total funding of Saudi Arabia was $968.4 million, representing 28 percent of the YHRP, with the US coming second with a donation of $907.6 million (26 percent).

The OCHA aims to raise a further $71 million toward the relief program to help tackle the continuing and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen. The response plan supports sectors including food security, agriculture, health, water and hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, shelter, and education, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The YHRP is the largest distress call by humanitarian organizations to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people while working to support sustainable recovery.

The war in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, has caused what the UN has described as the globe’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 22 million people needing aid.

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Saudi relief reaches cold-hit Gilgit-Baltistan

Time: 14 January, 2020

Residents of Astor district in Gilgit-Baltistan receive winter kits from KSRelief. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)
  • Saudi relief program will help 150,000 Pakistanis in winter-affected regions
  • KSRelief’s winter assistance program in Pakistan is worth $1.5 million

ISLAMABAD: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed much-needed warm clothing and winter kits in Astor district of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Saudi Embassy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Residents of Astor district in Gilgit-Baltistan receive winter kits from KSRelief. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)

As severe cold has struck several regions in Pakistan, in Astor, where hundreds of families have been badly affected, KSRelief distributed 3,000 blankets and 1,500 pieces of winter gear, including “men’s and women’s shawls, socks, gloves, and caps,” according to the statement.

Residents of Astor district in Gilgit-Baltistan receive winter kits from KSRelief. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)

Earlier this month, KSRelief launched its winter aid program to distribute $1.5 million worth emergency kits in 21 districts of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, which have been hit by severe cold spells this winter.
The initiative will benefit 150,000 people.

Residents of Astor district in Gilgit-Baltistan receive winter kits from KSRelief. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)

With one of the largest humanitarian aid budgets in the world, KSRelief has been working in 46 countries. Pakistan is the fifth-largest recipient of its help and has received more than $117.6 million in aid since 2005.

KSRelief officers distribute winter aid to families in cold-affected Astor district of Gilgit Baltistan. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)

In November, hundreds of have undergone eye surgery and regained vision in Khairpur district of Sindh province during a medical campaign by KSRelief to prevent and treat blindness.

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Saudi Arabia ranked global 5th, Arab 1st for humanitarian aid

Time: 10 January, 2020 

The rankings were a result of the unlimited backing by King Salman, says aid chief. (SPA)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked a global fifth, and first in the Arab world, for its provision of humanitarian aid.

According to figures published on Wednesday on the UN Financial Tracking Service platform, the Kingdom contributed $1,281,625,265 (SR4,808,021,026 or 5.5 percent) toward the total amount of international spending on relief programs.

In Yemen, the Kingdom’s 2019 share of international humanitarian aid funding for the war-torn country amounted to $216 billion (31.3 percent).

Adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, said the rankings were a result of the unlimited backing by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for support initiatives around the world.

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KSRelief extends $1.5 million aid to Pakistanis affected by extreme cold

Time: 07 January, 2020

Religious Affairs Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki launch KSRelief’s winter aid in Islamabad, Jan. 6, 2020. (AN photo)
  • Minister Qadri praised KSRelief for helping humanity, irrespective of nationality, language, region and color
  • Winter relief kits are a gift for the Pakistani people from King Salman bin Abdulaziz, said Saudi ambassador

ISLAMABAD: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) launched a winter relief program on Monday to distribute emergency kits to people affected by extremely cold weather in four provinces of Pakistan.
“Each package contains two blankets, men’s and women’s shawls, five pairs of socks, gloves and caps at a total cost of $1.5 million, and 150,000 individuals will benefit from this project,” KSRelief said in a statement while launching the project in Islamabad.
One hundred and eighty tons of goods in 30,000 packages will be distributed all over Pakistan.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, told Arab News that the winter relief kits are a gift for the Pakistani people from King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
“The Kingdom always stands with Pakistan in critical situations. We will keep on helping Pakistan in times of need,” the envoy said, adding that many projects have been executed by KSRelief all over Pakistan and many more will come.
“KSRelief and the government of Pakistan are going to sign a memorandum of understanding for future projects very soon,” Al-Malki said.


Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri praised KSRelief’s humanitarian work during its winter aid program’s launch in Islamabad, Jan. 6, 2020. (AN photo)

The winter relief program comes under the umbrella of humanitarian projects by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to assist poor families in the coldest areas of Pakistan.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 8,000 winter kits will be distributed in Chitral, Shangla, Kohistan, Buner and Mansehra.
In Azad Kashmir, 7,500 kits will be brought to Neelum, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Haveli, Hattiyan Bala and Bagh. In Gilgit Baltistan, 7,500 relief packages will be dispatched to Astor, Kharmang, Ghanche, Shigar and Ghize. In Balochistan, 7,000 winter kits will be distributed among families in Ziarat, Kallat, Pishin and Zhob.
During the winter program’s launch, Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said KSRelief’s motto of helping humanity, irrespective of nationality, language, region and color, is exemplary.
“On behalf of the Pakistani people and government, I offer my gratitude and thank KSRelief for their efforts during any disaster faced by the country. These relief packages are very important for the affected families, rather lifesaving in this cold weather,” the minister said, adding that Pakistan will offer cooperation of any kind to support KSRelief in its work.
He added that Saudi-Pakistani friendship is unshakable.
“The Faisal Mosque and Islamic University are symbols of brotherly relations and love, which have been extended by Saudi Arabia to Pakistan over the years. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit in February last year has taken bilateral relations to a new height,” Qadri said.
With one of the largest humanitarian aid budgets in the world, KSRelief has been working in 46 countries. Pakistan is the fifth-largest recipient of its help and has received more than $117.6 million in aid since 2005.

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Saudi Arabia’s aid agency continues humanitarian projects in Yemen

Time: 06 January, 2020 

KSRelief emergency nutrition clinics continued to provide treatment services in the Khokha district of Hodeidah governorate. (SPA)

  • KSRelief continued implementing a water and environmental sanitation project in Al-Khokha directorate, Hodeidah

MUKALLA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues to carry out various humanitarian projects across Yemen.
KSRelief concluded its voluntary medical campaign for open-heart surgeries on children in Mukalla, Hadhramaut governorate.
The volunteer medical team conducted 103 operations, including 23 open-heart surgeries and 80 catheterizations, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
KSRelief emergency nutrition clinics continued to provide treatment services in the Khokha district of Hodeidah governorate, in partnership with the Taybah Foundation for Development. During the past month, the clinics treated a total of 18,771 beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, KSRelief, in cooperation with the Charity Coalition for Humanitarian Relief, has distributed shelter materials — including 12 tents, 40 blankets and 20 rugs — in Yemen’s Al-Mahra governorate, benefiting 75 students.
KSRelief also continued implementing a water and environmental sanitation project in Al-Khokha directorate, Hodeidah.

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King Salman receives top honor for humanitarian efforts

Time: 02 January, 2020

King Salman has been honored by the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) for his humanitarian efforts. (SPA)
  • He was awarded the Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Medal, which is the highest honor from ARCO
  • The king expressed his thanks to everyone from the ARCO delegation, welcoming the organization’s humanitarian work, and wished it success

RIYADH: King Salman has been honored by the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO) for his humanitarian efforts, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
He was awarded the Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Medal, which is the highest honor from ARCO and is granted to kings and heads of states in recognition of their work, especially in the Arab world.
The award came during the king’s reception on Wednesday of the secretary-general of ARCO, Dr. Saleh bin Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, and was in recognition of the monarch’s efforts to reduce human suffering and an acknowledgment of Saudi Arabia’s pioneering role in the humanitarian field.

The king expressed his thanks to everyone from the ARCO delegation, welcoming the organization’s humanitarian work, and wished it success.
Al-Tuwaijri thanked the Kingdom for providing humanitarian, relief and development assistance to those affected by disasters and crises, and for the king’s diplomatic efforts at regional and international levels.
He added that the Kingdom topped the list of donor countries and that it allocated a greater percentage of aid from its national income than other donor countries. Saudi aid exceeded $40 billion during the last 15 years and it had been distributed among 124 countries across all continents, he said in his speech.
The reception was attended by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, State Minister Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, and Minister of Health and chairman of the board of directors at the Saudi Red Crescent Authority Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah.

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Saudi aid agency KSRelief launches International Journal of Humanitarian Studies website

Time: 01 January, 2020 

  • It is intended to serve as a publication hub for research, reports and other information about humanitarian work
  • The journal would be published twice a year

RIYADH: Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah recently launched the new website for the International Journal of Humanitarian Studies.
The journal — found at https://journal.ksrelief.org — is intended to serve as a publication hub for research, reports and other information about international humanitarian work.
Al-Rabeeah said that “KSRelief has made great strides in several areas in the humanitarian arena, gathering information and communicating with other concerned international humanitarian actors.”
“Today,” he added, “we move toward other humanitarian horizons.”
He said that under the directives of the Kingdom’s leadership, KSRelief aims to be a leader in international humanitarian work. One of the goals of the journal is to increase public awareness about humanitarian work by incorporating innovations in digital media and other communications technologies.
“This journal marks a beginning in KSRelief’s partnerships with universities and academic centers, and gives humanitarian researchers the opportunity to enrich humanitarian outcomes by sharing field studies and other academic research which can contribute to increasing the impact of global aid.”
Al-Rabeeah expressed his appreciation for its partnership in the journal project with the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
KSRelief’s Assistant Supervisor General of Planning and Development Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi said that the journal would be published twice a year and be concerned with academic research, field studies and reports on best practices in humanitarian aid and relief. The journal’s target audience includes academic researchers, humanitarian staff and volunteers working in the field, as well as others interested in global aid work.
Al-Ghamdi said that the journal seeks to share knowledge about the humanitarian sector with officials, practitioners and academic researchers, including information and discussion about policymaking, innovations and changes in the global humanitarian landscape. The publication will also highlight contemporary challenges and best practices.
The aim is to encourage multiple approaches and disciplines in support of relief and humanitarian work, and to be a channel for publishing scientific studies and articles. The publication will also be a conduit for communication between regional and international humanitarian centers.
Al-Ghamdi said that the journal would highlight the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts while enriching scientific knowledge in the field.

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Saudi aid agency in partnership to distribute thousands of tons of dates

Time: December 29, 2019

In Yemen, 375,000 boxes of dates would be distributed to the most vulnerable and crisis-affected groups. (File/SPA)
  • The date distribution program and other projects from KSRelief are being carried out in Yemen to improve food security and alleviate suffering

RIYADH: Arab News RiyadhThe King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Sunday signed an agreement with the Yemeni Development Network for NGOs to distribute 3,000 tons of dates.

The agreement was signed by KSRelief’s assistant supervisor general of operations and programs, Ahmed Al-Baiz, at the center’s Riyadh headquarters.

The head of the Urgent Aid Department at the center, Fahad Al-Osaimy, said 375,000 boxes of dates would be distributed to the most vulnerable and crisis-affected groups in the governorates of Abyan, Al-Bayda, Dhale, Al-Hodeidah, Al-Jawf, Amran, Ma’rib, Sana’a, Shabwah and Taiz.

The date distribution program and other projects from KSRelief are being carried out in Yemen to improve food security and alleviate suffering.

Recently, KSRelief revealed a plan to support the health sector in Yemen, in coordination with Yemen’s High Relief Committee.

According to the center, it provides dialysis solutions and other medications necessary for treating chronic diseases to Yemen.

The center has implemented numerous health projects in Taiz, including support for Al-Thawra Hospital, which the center has provided with equipment, supplies and medicines.

KSRelief has also launched a series of health campaigns in the region and outside to provide suffering humanity proper health care.

On Sunday, the medical team of the center conducted 80 eye surgeries and provided treatment to 275 patients with different eye ailments in Senegal.

In Bangladesh, KSRelief concluded its campaign to combat blindness and eye diseases during which 717 surgeries were performed and overall 6,700 people received different types of medical treatments.

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