KSrelief Launch “Their Happiness is Our Hope” Project for At-risk Children in Yemen

Time: 23 July, 2020

ADEN, YEMEN: Today, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) launched “Their Happiness is Our Hope”, a project to distribute Eid Al Adha kiswa (gifts) for orphaned and IDP children in various parts of Yemen. The gifts will be handed out with the cooperation of the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (BCHR) to 40,000 children across the governorates of Aden, Lahij, Abyan, Al Dhale, Al Hudaydah and Taiz.

Jamal Balfaqih, the Coordinator for the Supreme Commission for Relief in Yemen, thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its commitment to the welfare of orphaned and IDP children, adding that this project reflected the Kingdom’s generosity to all the children of Yemen.

Representatives from local authorities and social services groups in the targeted governorates also praised the Kingdom’s role, and expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for standing with the Yemeni people.

The “Their Happiness is Our Hope” Project 2020 is one of the many humanitarian projects targeting 84,750 orphaned and IDP children in various Yemeni governorates. Clothing and other gifts will be distributed throughout the Eid Al Adha holiday.

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KSrelief Distributes Food Baskets and Dates to Yemeni IDPs

Time: 21 July, 2020

YEMEN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) continues to distribute aid throughout Yemen. On 16 July 2020, 600 food baskets (44.4 tons) were provided to 3,600 IDPs who had fled Sa’dah to the Al Wadi districts of Ma’rib. 10,250 boxes of dates were provided to 10,250 most in need families in Ma’rib, the Sirwah district, the Al Wadi district, the Majzar district and the Reghwan district. 2,900 boxes of dates were provided to 2,900 IDP families who had fled Sana’a to Ma’rib.

All aid was handed out in cooperation with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (BCHR).

KSrelief also recently launched an urgent food and shelter aid distribution project to help people affected by heavy rains and flooding in several parts of Yemen.

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Saudi project removes 1,287 mines in Yemen

Time: 21 July, 2020

The project is implemented by Saudi cadres and international experts to remove mines randomly planted by Houthi militias in Yemeni regions. (SPA)
  • The project is implemented by Saudi cadres and international experts to remove mines randomly planted by Houthi militias in Yemeni regions

RIYADH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) in Yemen dismantled 74 anti-personnel mines, 262 anti-tank mines, 25 explosive devices and 926 unexploded ordnance — totaling 1,287 mines — during the second week of June.
The project is implemented by Saudi cadres and international experts to remove mines randomly planted by Houthi militias in Yemeni regions, especially Marib, Aden, Sanaa and Taiz.

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KSrelief Implements Empowerment Projects to Improve Livelihoods and Achieve SDGs in Yemen

Time: 20 July, 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) has implemented many empowerment projects to assist vulnerable groups in Yemen. The projects aim to improve livelihoods, achieve sustainable development, and support families economically, socially, and psychologically. The initiatives also provide basic necessities to people in need, helping to alleviate the severity of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

The “Project to Provide Emergency Livelihoods for IDPs and Host Communities in Governorates Affected by the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen” was implemented in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) from 15 July 2015 to 15 July 2016. The project benefited 554,486 people, empowering farmers by providing agricultural inputs. Components of the program included the provision of crop seeds, agricultural equipment and tools, mineral fertilizers, fishing nets, cryogenic and freezer boxes, and marine engines for fishing boats. Other services included the installation of solar pumps to provide water for farms suffering from water shortages due to the lack of fossil fuels for pumps, thus helping farmers to generate sufficient water to sustain their crops and livestock.

The “Protecting Civil Society for Human Rights and Providing Psychological and Social Support to Victims Project” was implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 1 January 2015 to 1 January 2016. The project’s 3,704 beneficiaries were assisted by the project’s empowerment of local civil society organizations through the collection, documentation and archiving of information related to human rights violations

The “Project to Strengthen Multiple Life-Saving Sectors (protection, response and health services) for the Most Vulnerable Groups” was implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) between 1 September 2015 and 29 February 2016. Some 313,375 people benefited from this project to prevent gender-based violence, which is described as any act of physical, psychological or social violence. The project also addressed the empowerment of service centers to provide basic and comprehensive emergency care for 100 health facilities.

The “Project to Support and Sponsor Orphans” was implemented in cooperation with the Yemeni International Organization. Implemented between 27 July 2017 to 23 April 2018, the project benefited 100 families and their children who have been orphaned. Families were given financial, social and educational support with the aim of saving and improving the lives of this vulnerable group.

The “My Skills My Livelihoods” project was implemented to improve the livelihoods of orphans in cooperation with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (BCHR).  From 1 July to 30 October 2018, 1,750 orphans and their families received support from this project through vocational and professional skill-building. Many families also received equipment and financial help to start small and businesses to enable them to become part of their local economic markets.

The “You are not Alone” project was implemented to support the families of orphans affected by events in Yemen, and was carried out in cooperation with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (BCHR) from 1 December 2018 to 12 December 2019. It benefited 1,680 orphans and their families by economically empowering them through vocational training and adult education courses. The project also providing psychological and medical care, and helped children to stay in school and complete their education.

The “Project to Improve Life and Enhance the Resilience of Societies” was implemented in cooperation with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (BCHR) from 5 June 2018 to 5 August 2019. Benefiting 3,750 women, youth and family members, the goal of the project was to economically empower them by providing vocational and administrative rehabilitative services.

The “Child Soldiers Rehabilitation Program” was implemented from 9 September 2017 to 8 January 2019; its goal was to provide social and psychological empowerment through the rehabilitation of children who were recruited and otherwise affected by the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The goals of the program were to reintegrate the children into their homes, schools and communities, and to educate parents about the many traumatic effects of recruitment on their children’s well-being. The courses also taught parents how to create safe and stable family environments for their children.

The “Project to Help Integrate Returning and Displaced Students in the Host Communities in Lahij Governorate” was implemented in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) between 6 May 2018 and 4 January 2020. A total of 4,468 male and female students and teachers benefited from the project, which empowered students educationally through the restoration of schools and the provision of educational materials. It also empowered and trained teachers socially and psychologically on ways to deal with students.

The “Integrated Agriculture Response Project for the Most Vulnerable Families in Al Hudaydah and Taiz Project” was implemented in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) from 5 June 2018 to 31 March 2020. The project supported 8,400 beneficiaries, including both male and female farmers. Its goal was to empower farmers by providing farming tools and agricultural seeds to build food security by grow food for themselves and their communities. The project also further empowered farmers by training them on how to produce high-value crops to promote food sustainability.

The “Seed of Safety” Project is being implemented from 22 March 2020 to 22 March 2021. The project will benefit 600 orphans and 100 female breadwinners, and empower single mothers by providing multi-sectoral humanitarian support, such as the provision of food baskets and health and psychological services. The program also empowers breadwinners via economic programs and vocational and professional training, in addition to providing educational support to orphans.

These projects are all part of the commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, to provide various services to the Yemeni people and support the leading humanitarian, relief and development projects in the country. The bigger goal is to improve living conditions and alleviate the suffering of all in need in the country.

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KSrelief Team Delivers the Kingdom’s “Gift of Dates” to Maldives

Time: 14 July, 2020

A team from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) recently delivered 50 tons of dates to the Maldives – part of the Kingdom’s annual global “Gift of Dates” project.

On behalf of KSrelief, the chargé d’affaires of Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in the Maldives, Seaf Al Qahtani, handed over the aid to the Minister of Islamic Affairs for the Republic of Maldives, Dr. Ahmad Zahir.

Dr. Zahir expressed his thanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and KSrelief for delivering the dates, adding that the assistance would be distributed to the largest possible number of beneficiaries.

The Kingdom’s “Gift of Dates” program is just one of the initiatives the Kingdom’s leadership has implemented through KSrelief to provide comprehensive and impartial support to people in need around the world.

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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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