Saudi relief center distributes thousands of portions of sacrificial meat in Pakistan

Time: August 19, 2019  

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, KSrelief, distributed sacrificial meat in Pakistan to 38,304 people in August 2019. (SPA)
  • 5,472 portions of meat were brought in from Saudi Arabia and distributed to needy and poor families in Pakistan
  • KSrelief has been helping people in different parts of Pakistan over the years

ISLAMABAD: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, KSrelief, distributed thousands of portions of sacrificial meat in Pakistan to poor families, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The distribution of meat near the occasion of Eid Al-Adha is an annual feature.
“A number of 5,472 portions of meat were distributed to the needy and poor families, widows and orphans, benefiting 38,304 people,” SPA said.

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, KSrelief, worker hands sacrificial meat to an elderly person in Pakistan in August 2019. (SPA)

Following the completion of the Hajj, pilgrims from around the world gather to celebrate Eid Al-Adha in Saudi Arabia, and slaughter sacrificial animals, including goats, sheep, cows and camels, to mark the festival.
Due to the sheer quantity of resulting and leftover meat, a mechanism was devised by Saudi authorities to collect and preserve the meat, and then distribute it to different Muslim countries for humanitarian relief, including in Pakistan.
In the holy month of Ramadan, the Saudi Embassy handed out 4,700 food baskets among the poor in the country and earlier this month, Saudi Envoy to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki launched an assistance program to facilitate flood victims in Azad Kashmir alongside a team from KSrelief, after heavy rainfall and flooding killed more than 30 people in the area.
In December last year, the Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, visited the KSrelief Center in Saudi Arabia and lauded the Kingdom’s repeated humanitarian assistance for Pakistan.

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Saudi aid agency celebrates work, looking forward to more achievements

Time: August 18, 2019  

KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah speaks during a reception for its staff to celebrate Eid Al-Adha. (SPA)
  • Saudi Arabia has spent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries in the past two decades

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) held a reception for its staff to celebrate Eid Al-Adha in the presence of the aid agency’s supervisor general, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.

Al-Rabeeah congratulated the attendees on the occasion.

“We are gathered today with every year’s determination and commitment to giving and achieving,” he said.

“The center has become a beacon of the Kingdom’s bright image that has reached 44 countries through more than 1,000 projects,” Al-Rabeeah said, stressing the support provided by the leadership.

“We look forward for more achievements with a fresh start and strong determination to reach perfect levels of humanitarian work with your dedication and perseverance,” he said.

Over two decades, Saudi Arabia has spent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Al-Rabeeah said since 2014, more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion have benefitted 44 countries, primarily Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Iraq.

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Saudi Arabia’s aid agency distributes Eid gifts in Yemen

Time: August 14, 2019

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A kid with Eid gift distributed by KSRelief (supplied)
  • KSRelief also launched its Eid Kiswa project in the Tuban and Al-Houta districts of Lahij and to mark the festive occasion

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed the Eid Kiswa (gifts) among children in Yemen as part of its Your Happiness is Our Happiness program in the war-torn country.
“KSRelief has distributed toys, clothing and other items to children in the Al-Ghaydah and Huswain districts of Al-Mahrah governorate,” said the KSRelief media center.
The center said the gifts were distributed to 200 families, including 600 orphans and internally displaced people (IDPs) in Al-Mahrah.
As part of the project, KSRelief also distributed toys, clothing and other gift items to children in the Al-Hazam district in Al-Jawf governorate, to IDPs from Hodeidah and Raymah, and to children at a center for special needs in Al-Jawf.
KSRelief also launched its Eid Kiswa project in the Tuban and Al-Houta districts of Lahij and to mark the festive occasion. Gifts were handed out to children in 303 families, including 319 orphans, children with special needs and IDPs.
The center also implemented its project to distribute gifts, toys, clothing and others in the Hadibu district of Socotra Island. The gifts were distributed among 80 families and included 210 orphans, IDPs and others in need.

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KSRelief working to alleviate Yemeni suffering

Time: July 31, 2019  

KSA Relief hygiene kits for distribution in Hodeidah. (Photo/Supplied)
  • “We’re keen to support all in need around the world”

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is working in Yemen with a comprehensive plan to alleviate people’s suffering in the war-torn country.

“We’re keen to support all in need around the world. In Yemen, we’ve implemented 363 projects in all areas without exception, at a total cost of $2.26 billion,” KSRelief’s Communication and Media Center told Arab News on Monday.

“These projects cover many lifesaving sectors including food security, health and education,” it said.

“Our vital humanitarian projects serve the Yemeni people, helping them feel safe in their homes and communities,” it added.

“Under the guidance of the Kingdom’s leadership, KSRelief will continue to implement programs until stability, development and well-being are achieved,” the center said.

“Our vision is to become a leading center for relief and humanitarian activities, and to transfer our values to the world,” it added.

“Our mission is to manage and coordinate relief activities internationally to ensure the provision of external aid in line with national interests.”

Abed Araqib Fateh, Yemen’s minister of local administration and chairman of the High Relief Committee, thanked the Saudi king and crown prince for their continuous support for humanitarian work in Yemen, and for caring about all those in need there.

Fateh made these remarks at a meeting on the humanitarian situation in Yemen’s Hodeidah, Taiz and Lahij governorates, which was held at the KSRelief headquarters in Riyadh.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Emirates Red Crescent, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration, and the World Food Program. Participants discussed ways to improve the humanitarian situation in the governorates and implement more health, education and environmental projects.

Fateh praised KSRelief’s MASAM project for land mine clearance and its Child Soldiers Rehabilitation Program.

The latter provides comprehensive support for children traumatized by the conflict in Yemen, some of whom have been recruited into armed combat by Houthi militias, while others have lost parents or have been severely injured by Houthi-planted land mines.

The program aims to eventually provide rehabilitation services for at least 2,000 Yemeni children conscripted by the Houthis.

As part of the program, KSRelief last week organized a recreational trip, including games, for 26 former child soldiers in Ma’rib governorate.

KSRelief has also resumed work to complete a road in the city of Lahij connecting Taiz and Aden, as part of its Livelihoods Improvement Project, which provides jobs to Yemeni youths.

The center is continuing to undertake training courses through the project, the latest held in Al-Jawf governorate.

Its Deputy Gov. Abdullah Al-Hashedi praised the initiative and stressed the importance of empowering young Yemenis to contribute to local and national development.

KSRelief recently distributed hygiene kits for 128 displaced families in Bani Jaber camp in Hodeidah as part of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project to improve living conditions for displaced people.

Furthermore, KSRelief continues to implement its You Are Not Alone Project, whose current phase is providing psychological support to 420 Yemeni children who have lost their fathers.

The project helps children live normal lives, and gives them opportunities to learn new skills. Launched in January, it aims to protect orphans and provide them with homes, education, health, food and psychological support.

KSRelief is also offering vocational courses for women. Certificates are issued and tools procured for beneficiaries according to their specialization.

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Saudi envoy to UN meets KSRelief delegation

Time: July 29, 2019  

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Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, receiving a delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in New York. (SPA)

NEW YORK: Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, received a delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) that is participating in meetings of the Advisory Group of the Global Coalition for the Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers.

The delegation’s participation comes in response to the UN’s invitation to review the Kingdom’s outstanding efforts to rehabilitate child recruits and those affected by the conflict in Yemen. The meetings were held over two days at Columbia University in New York, and involved experts, academics and researchers.

The aim was to gather research and knowledge from NGOs and academics regarding the reintegration of children.

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Saudi aid agency KSRelief continues operations around the world

Time: July 28, 2019

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KSRelief officials conducting an ocular inspection in the Muslim city of Marawi in the southern Philippines, which was devastated during a war with Daesh-linked extremists two years ago. (SPA)
  • Since its inception, KSRelief has implemented 1,011 projects in 44 countries worth $3,439,139,000

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has held technical courses on the maintenance of mobile phones, plumbing and electrical wiring in Lahij governorate, Yemen, benefiting 70 trainees.

These courses are part of the livelihood improvement project to improve the skills of trainees before entering the labor market.

Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Relief Abdul Raqeeb Fatah expressed thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the continuous efforts of the Kingdom in supporting the humanitarian work in his country and taking care of the needy and affected Yemeni people.

He was speaking at a meeting at the headquarters of KSrelief in Riyadh on the humanitarian needs of the Yemenis in the west coast, with the participation of the KSRelief, the Emirates Red Crescent and a number of the international humanitarian organizations.

The center delivered 50 tons of dates as a gift from Saudi Arabia to Comoros in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Comoros Dr. Hamad Al-Hajri and a representative of the Saudi Ministry of Finance.

Al-Hajri affirmed the depth of the fraternal relations between the Kingdom and Comoros, pointing out that this annual gift comes within the framework of Saudi Arabia’s interest in extending bridges of good relations between the two countries.

Following a meeting with beneficiary families in Amman, a KSRelief team was reassured of the distribution process of dates at the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

During the visit, the team listened to the Syrian refugees benefiting from the distribution offered by KSrelief and expressing satisfaction with the quality of the services provided.

The Syrian refugees expressed their great thanks to Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, for the aid they received which, they said, met their daily needs.

In Senegal, a team of KSRelief handed over a 60-ton shipment of dates to the World Food Program (WFP) for distribution to needy people. Saudi Ambassador to Senegal Fahd bin Ali Al-Dosari signed a memorandum to deliver the date shipment to the Senegalese capital of Dakar.

The Kingdom’s foreign aid efforts have always been on the rise until they hit a record in the last few years, with the volume of Saudi aid, provided impartially to 81 countries, exceeding $86 billion between 1996 and 2018.

King Salman issued his directives on May 13, 2015 to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programs. Since its inception, KSRelief has implemented 1,011 projects in 44 countries worth $3,439,139,000.

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KSRelief, UNICEF to vaccinate 1.14 million Yemeni children

Time: July 09, 2019  

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King Salman Relief team in Yemen. (SPA)
  • The vaccination program will be carried out across Yemen at a cost of $4.775 million
  • A cold room and a warehouse are currently being constructed in Aden and Sanaa

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and UNICEF have signed an agreement to extend a children’s vaccination program in Yemen.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Moallem, head of health and environmental aid at KSRelief, told Arab News that the agreement would last for a six-month period. “The project aims to immunize 1.14 million Yemeni children within six months. It will be implemented in all parts of Yemen at a total cost of $4.775 million,” he said.

“KSRelief will also establish a central maintenance and repair workshop very soon, while a cold room and a warehouse are currently being constructed in Aden and Sanaa,” he added.

Al-Moallem noted that 75 percent of the program had already been completed, by vaccinating children under the age of one with the Pentavalent vaccine, which provides protection from several life-threatening diseases including diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B and influenza B.

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  • KSRelief will establish a central maintenance and repair workshop.
  • The program will be carried out at fixed and mobile sites.
  • The program will provide 70 solar-powered refrigerators.

The agreement was signed by KSRelief’s Assistant Supervisor General of Operations and Programs Ahmed Al-Baiz and UNICEF Representative Eltayeb Adam at the center’s headquarters in Riyadh.

The renewed program will include improving immunization services provided at fixed and mobile sites for basic vaccinations against nine preventable diseases, as well as measles and rubella inoculations. The funding will also provide for the supply of vaccines and the transportation of supplies.

The program will provide 70 solar-powered refrigerators, three cold rooms, and seven sets of equipment for solar refrigerators. It will train 2,000 health workers on implementing immunization programs, and will facilitate 600 field visits with the distribution of brochures and health education lectures.

Adam noted that the program would contribute to the wider health of Yemeni children, and thanked KSRelief for its work and generous financial support.

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Saudi Arabia’s aid agency to extend vaccination program in Yemen

Time: July 03, 2019

The project aims to vaccinate 1,140,000 Yemeni children against various diseases at a cost of over $4.8 million. (SPA)
  • King Salman issued his directives on May 13, 2015, to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programs

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed an agreement with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday to extend a vaccination project for Yemeni children for another six months.
The agreement was co-signed by KSRelief Assistant General Supervisor Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez and UNICEF’s regional chief field officer, Eltayeb Adam.
The project aims to vaccinate 1,140,000 Yemeni children against various diseases at a cost of over $4.8 million.
On Monday, KSRelief announced it had also distributed 450 food baskets to displaced people in the Hajjah governorate in the country, benefiting 2,700 people.
King Salman issued his directives on May 13, 2015, to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programs. Since its inception, KSRelief has implemented 1,011 projects in 44 countries worth $3,439,139,000, with 225 projects worth $389,682,000 targeting women and 234 projects worth $529,463,000 targeting children.

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KSRelief to send 3,000 tons of dates to Yemen

Time: June 26, 2019  

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has signed an agreement to distribute 3,000 tons of dates in Yemen this year.

The SR47 million project which will benefit 2.25 million people in the war-torn country, is part of the Kingdom’s long-running efforts to relieve the suffering of Yemenis affected by the humanitarian crisis caused by Iran-backed Houthi militia.

The latest program will target some of the poorest families in the provinces of Abyan, Al-Bayda, Daleh, Hodeidah, Al-Jawf, Amran, Marib, Sanaa, Shabwa and Taiz.

The Kingdom’s foreign aid efforts have always been on the rise until they hit a record in the last few years, with the volume of Saudi aid, provided impartially to 81 countries, exceeding $86 billion between 1996 and 2018.

King Salman issued his directives on May 13, 2015 to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programs. Since its inception, KSRelief has implemented 1,011 projects in 44 countries worth $3,439,139,000, with 225 projects worth $389,682,000 targeting women and 234 projects worth $529,463,000 targeting children.

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Saudi Arabia launches development projects in Yemen

23/06/19

Since its inception, KSRelief has implemented 1,011 projects in 44 countries worth $3,439,139,000. (SPA)
  • King Salman issued his directives on May 13, 2015 to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programs

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is launching sustainable development initiatives in Yemen as part of “You Are Not Alone” project aimed at protecting orphans’ families in Yemen.
One such project is aimed at improving mothers’ livelihoods and the resilience of communities via vocational training and economic empowerment. It covers the governorates of Sanaa, Taiz, Al-Jouf, Al-Bayda and Marib.
Another project is aimed at improving livelihoods and strengthening resilience in the governorates of Hadramout, Shabwa, Aden, Lahj and Al-Jouf, benefiting 3,750 individuals directly and 18,750 indirectly.
KSRelief is also offering professional training courses in administration and finance, as well as vocational courses for women.
Certificates are issued and tools procured for each beneficiary according to their specialization.
The Kingdom’s foreign aid efforts have always been on the rise until they hit a record in the last few years, with the volume of Saudi aid, provided impartially to 81 countries, exceeding $86 billion between 1996 and 2018.
King Salman issued his directives on May 13, 2015 to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programs. Since its inception, KSRelief has implemented 1,011 projects in 44 countries worth $3,439,139,000.

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