KSrelief Implements Three Education Projects for Children in Yemen

Time: 15 July, 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), implemented three education projects to enhance education opportunities for out-of-school children in Yemen. The projects are part of the organizations’ response to the educational crisis in Arab countries experiencing conflict.

The “Education Promotes Peace”, “I Have the Right to Develop”, and “My Right to Learn” projects provide education opportunities for out-of-school children and others who are at risk of dropping out of school. The learning opportunities will be provided through catch-up and alternative education programs, and aim to develop educational resources related to the country’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The projects are based on UNESCO’s “Strategic Framework for Education in Emergencies in the Arab States (2018-2021)”, developed in consultation and with the participation of KSrelief. It aims to support member states in the Arab region to develop education systems that are more resilient and responsive in times of conflict, meet educational requirements, and ensure that education is maintained during emergencies, conflict and post-conflict situations.

“Education Promotes Peace” aims to develop accelerated educational content and resources around the SDG4 for establishing alternative educational pathways. The program also promotes the principles of social cohesion, citizenship and peace and the prevention of violent extremism, and creates educational programs which reduce the phenomenon of school dropout.

The catch-up education project “My Right to Learn” provides alternative educational opportunities for out-of-school and at-risk children from 7 to 14 years of age. The project offers innovative and flexible learning models such as one-classroom schools and remedial summer support and enrichment programs.

The Yemeni National Capacity-Building project to create alternative pathways for out-of-school and at-risk children, “I Have the Right to Develop”, aims to strengthen Yemen’s national education capacities to reach children who are out of school or at risk of dropping out. This initiative reinforces national capacities in the field of education to promote peace and community stability.

These projects were designed based on consultations and mutual visits between UNESCO Beirut, the Community Support Department at KSrelief, and Yemen’s Ministry of Education. They also involved  the participation of experts from Saudi Arabia and other Arab States who work on designing and developing educational resources for catch-up programs and multi-grade classrooms.

In a major development, Yemen’s Ministry of Education has recently issued two ministerial decisions announcing, firstly, the institutionalization of second-chance, catch-up education programs for out-of-school children, and secondly, the establishment of the Higher Council for the Facilitation of Remedial Education at the Ministry. These decisions come as a result of UNESCO Beirut’s and KSrelief’s advocacy efforts for the recognition of alternative educational pathways in Yemen.

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Saudi Arabia’s aid agency provides aid to fire-ravaged camp in Somaliland

Time: 12 July, 2020

  • Youssef Al-Rahma: The project comes in response to the distress calls of the NDRA after a fire broke out in the camp

HARGEISA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), in cooperation with the National Displacement and Refugee Agency (NDRA) in Somaliland, distributed 45 tons of food and shelter aid to the displaced people affected by the fire that broke out in the camp of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The aid has helped 2,280 people.

The assistant director of KSRelief’s branch in Africa, Youssef Al-Rahma, said: “The project comes in response to the distress calls of the NDRA after a fire broke out in the camp. To respond quickly, food and shelter aid have been provided to the affected people.”

“This consisted of 380 food baskets for the affected families, as well as shelter materials comprising mattresses, blankets, mats, plastic sheeting and kitchen tools.”

He added that providing this aid aims to alleviate the suffering of displaced people in the difficult circumstances the world is going through due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Abdulkarim Ahmed Mohammed, head of the NDRA in Somaliland, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the rapid response, highlighting that KSRelief was the only international organization to respond quickly to the fire disaster.

“Joy once again returned to the lips of the camp’s residents after they had been overwhelmed by the fire in the camp that sheltered them – the fire that destroyed all their possessions,” he added.

Meanwhile, KSRelief, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), inaugurated the solar water pumping unit in the Quda water project in Upper Egypt, Shabwah governorate.

The director general of the General Authority for Rural Water Supply Projects in Shabwah, Nasser Baoum, hailed the role of KSRelief in supporting rural water projects in Shabwah and providing it with solar energy pumping systems, which reduce the financial burden on the citizens and ensure the continuation of providing better services to citizens.

He called on the beneficiaries to pay attention to the solar energy system of the project and maintain it so that it can continue to provide its services to them.

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Al Amal Center Continues to Provide Services for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Time: 11 July, 2020

ARSAL, LEBANON:  Al Amal Medical Center in Arsal, Lebanon, continues to provide medical services for Syrian refugees with the support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) – part of a larger project to enhance health services for Syrian refugees and the host community in Arsal.

On June 2020, 8,063 patients received 13,259 medical, laboratory and pharmacy services free of charge at the center’s various clinics. Health care is now being provided in accordance with all necessary precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Patient visits included: 476 to general health clinics, 734 to the eye clinic, 952 to the ER, and 523 to the dental clinic; 522 children were seen at the pediatric clinics, and vaccinations were provided to 242 people. The ENT clinic received 570 patients, the orthopedic clinic saw 452 patients, 361 patients visited the cardiology clinic, and 671 sought services at the urology clinic. The gastroenterology clinic received 338 patients, the women’s health clinic received 587 women, the diabetes and endocrinology clinics received 84 patients, and the mental health clinic received 294 patients. Community health services received 1,256 patients, 4,012 patients received free prescriptions from the pharmacy, and laboratory services were provided to 1,095 patients.

In light of the fear and anxiety under which Syrian refugees live in the overcrowded Arsal camps, which are a fertile environment for an outbreak of COVID-19, community health teams continue to implement many awareness campaigns for families. The campaigns provide basic information about the virus, including transmission methods and preventive measures. Residents were also provided with personal hygiene kits.

Community health teams have also started touring the Syrian refugee camps to provide public health awareness information, promote preventive health techniques, and educate the community. The teams also track cases of malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women.

A community health worker at Al Amal Medical Center, Duha Al Souqi, spoke about current community health activities in the Syrian refugee camps. “The activities,” she said, “included an explanation on how to educate the community, refer patients to health centers and follow up their cases, monitor the status of community health, and provide vitamins for children and pregnant and lactating women.”

The Medical Director of the Project, Dr. Tariq Shandab, thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for providing support which helps to save lives. He stated that the services provided at Al Amal Medical Center benefit more than 8,600 people – a total of 13,259 individual health care services in the areas of health, psychological, social and nutritional support. He added that in addition to a 24-hour emergency department, the center also has an integrated pharmacy providing free medications to all Lebanese and Syrian patients.

The patients expressed their sincere gratitude for the ongoing services being offered at the center to alleviate their suffering during these difficult times.

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