TAIZ, YEMEN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) recently distributed dates to people in need in the Taiz and Lahij governorates.
On 24 October, 7,500 boxes of dates were distributed to 7,500 families, including IDPs and others in need in the districts of Salh, Al Reef and Al Qahirah in Taiz. Another 5,500 boxes were provided to 5,500 families in the districts of Al Maqatirah, Zaryqah Al Sham and Al Turbah in Lahij.
YEMEN: On 25 October, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) recently distributed dates, food baskets and shelter support to families in need of assistance in Al Hudaydah, Lahij, Hajjah, and Al Mahrah.
A total of 2,004 boxes of dates were distributed to 2,004 IDP and other families in need in the district of Hays in Al Hudaydah; 3,000 boxes of dates were distributed to 3,000 families in the district of Aqan in Lahij.
Also, 7,056 food baskets (754.9 tons) were provided to 18,685 vulnerable families in 15 areas in the districts of Midi, Harad and Abs in Lahij. Shelter aid consisting of 20 tents, 80 blankets, and 40 rugs also was provided to 120 IDPs in the Al Masilah district of Al Mahrah.
#KSrelief continues to support the victims of the floods in #Sudan with the distribution of 400 tents and shelter aid, in addition to nutrition and food supply to multiples areas. (Supplied)
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, spoke exclusively to Arab News
KSrelief currenly has 1,367 projects under way in 54 different countries with a total cost of $4.673 billion
JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) provides assistance to “needy people around the world regardless of religious, ethnic, and political background. The aid is free of any agenda, based instead on the mission for which it was founded.” These words of Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the supervisor-general of KSrelief, sum up in a nutshell Saudi Arabia’s commitment to peace, sanctity of human life and dignity. In an exclusive interview with Arab News, Al-Rabeeah discussed some of KSrelief’s 1,367 projects under way in 54 countries at a total cost of $4.673 billion (SR17.52 billion).
One area that KSrelief has focused on is the removal of landmines. Al-Rabeeah estimates Iran-backed militias in Yemen have laid as many as 1.1 million mines since the outbreak of the conflict. To date, more than 192,000 have been safely removed thanks to the KSrelief-affiliate, Project Masam.
Q: Is the work of KSrelief limited to just Arab and Islamic countries?
A: The humanitarian, relief and development activities of KSrelief extend to all needy countries of the world, including the Arab and Islamic countries. This is in line with KSrelief’s mission of providing aid to all needy and affected people around the world without the slightest discrimination (religious, ethnic, political or otherwise) and without linking aid to any agenda. KSrelief’s 1,367 projects and programs cover 54 different countries around the world on all its continents.
* 1,367 KSrelief projects.
* 54 Beneficiary countries.
* $4.673bn Total project costs.
* $269m Project costs for 2020.
* 259 Projects undertaken in 2018.
Q: Development through education and training projects constitutes a large part of KSRelief’s work. What is the purpose of that?
A: To date, the center has implemented 74 educational projects, valued at $181.3 million in Yemen, Syria and Somalia and for the benefit of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, Bangladesh and other countries of the world, based on Saudi Arabia’s belief in the importance of supporting education among stricken peoples, as well as enhancing educational opportunities for children outside school, which the Kingdom considers an important part of the humanitarian and relief work that it carries out.
In addition to that, KSrelief’s efforts included implementing vocational training programs in many countries to empower needy families by qualifying them with a profession or craft and enabling them with an income-generating project so that these families transform from being dependent on the community to being productive families that rely on themselves in securing the basic needs that help them to lead a decent life.
Q: Which are the main countries served by KSrelief, and how much aid has been provided to them?
A: KSrelief has a noticeable humanitarian presence in many of the affected countries and always seeks to extend a helping hand to these countries and peoples to alleviate their suffering and meet their basic needs according to an integrated system of education, health, food and shelter services. At the forefront of those countries is Yemen, which suffered a coup by the Houthi militia, which is supported by Iran.
KSrelief allocated most of its aid to the brothers in Yemen, and the projects implemented for Yemen amounted to 513 worth $3.253 billion. The Syrian people also received a large share of KSrelief’s support, as it implemented 225 projects in Syria with a total value of $296.9 million. It also carried out 88 projects in the occupied Palestinian territories with a value of $359.6 million. Other projects carried out by KSrelief include 54 projects in Somalia with a value of $197.8 million and 113 projects in Pakistan with a value of $120.4 million, among many others.
Q: How have KSrelief’s most recent projects helped displaced people in Yemen and communities affected by the Beirut port explosion and the Sudan floods?
A: Since its establishment, KSrelief has been working to provide various forms of humanitarian support to the Yemeni brothers, including shelter, food, health and education, covering all its governorates. KSrelief also initiated urgent relief for the brothers in Sudan, whose areas have recently been exposed to floods and natural disasters that have resulted in the loss of lives and property. An airlift was launched that included providing food, shelter, medical aid and assistance.
KSrelief also launched an airlift that included medical, housing and food aid for those affected by the Beirut port explosion, which had resulted in heavy losses of life, property and infrastructure. These urgent initiatives were the result of the generous directives of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in extending a helping hand to needy and affected countries.
Q: KSrelief is the only entity authorized to collect donations in the Kingdom. Has it been popular? Can non-residents donate?
A: KSrelief has an online donation platform for all its humanitarian and relief programs, through which donors, whether inside or outside the Kingdom, can create personal accounts that provide them with access to the programs they wish to support and donate to them using credit cards and electronic payment mechanisms. The platform also provides direct donations with the opportunity to link donations to the countries and programs of their choice.
This online platform is the only official platform that provides its users with the opportunity to donate to the programs of KSrelief, whose programs reach beneficiaries in many countries around the world, bearing in mind that the center does not deduct any administrative expenses from donations. As for its popularity, the platform is still new, and we hope for the best in the future.
Q: Health and the protection of women and children form part of KSrelief’s concern. Are there special funds allocated to these?
A: Each sector has a special budget and an amount allocated to it, regardless of the type of beneficiary. For example, the health sector has implemented 369 projects worth $797.8 million so far, while it has implemented 74 educational projects with a value of $181.3 million.
KSrelief has also carried out various projects for the benefit of women, amounting to more than 225 projects, and reached more than 62 million women worldwide in four years at a cost of $390 million. KSrelief also cares about children. Therefore, since its inception, it has managed to reach 114 million children through 234 projects. Therefore, the amount distributed to each project or each sector varies according to the size and type of the project.
Q: Project Masam is one of KSrelief’s most important initiatives implemented in Yemen. Is its remit limited to clearing landmines?
A: Project Masam is a Saudi humanitarian project specialized in clearing Yemeni lands of mines. Iranian-backed militias have laid more than 1.1 million mines across swathes of Yemen. Large quantities of them have been laid in areas inhabited by civilians.
Project Masam is removing these mines. It has so far cleared more than 192,000 from the land, schools and homes, many of them camouflage in a variety of shapes and colors and planted using different methods, killing and seriously injuring a large number of children, women and elderly people.
Q: How many Yemeni children have been helped through the child-soldier rehabilitation project?
A: KSrelief implements a qualitative program to rehabilitate children who have been recruited by the Houthi militia and thrown into the conflict as human shields. The center rehabilitates them, integrates them into society, returns them to their normal lives and provides social support so that they can live their lives as children.
This program, which received international acclaim, aims to educate parents about the dangers of child recruitment and works to create healthy family environments through awareness and educational sessions and by introducing laws that criminalize child recruitment.
Here I stress the importance of raising awareness of the danger of child recruitment, clarifying it to societies, and emphasizing the principles of human rights and international law that prohibit the exploitation of children in armed conflict.
Q: What facilities are provided for refugees inside Saudi Arabia, and how are they dealt with?
A: The Kingdom hosts hundreds of thousands of Yemeni, Syrian and Rohingya refugees who live on its territory as honored guests and visitors and not as refugees. They enjoy freedom of movement, enrollment in government schools, engagement in the labor market, and access to health services.
KSrelief has established a platform for refugees, displaced persons and visitors to highlight the type and volume of aid provided to them by Saudi Arabia both inside and outside the Kingdom. The aid provided to them has reached $13.7 billion so far.
Q: KSrelief works with several international organizations. How does it coordinate with them in Yemen and other beneficiary countries?
A: KSrelief is constantly and continuously coordinating with international humanitarian organizations to bring aid to the needy. In Yemen, KSrelief is one of the biggest supporters in the field of humanitarian work in all Yemeni governorates and regions. Therefore, all humanitarian organizations operating inside Yemen seek to coordinate with the center to facilitate the delivery of aid to the afflicted. KSrelief has branches inside Yemen that meet periodically with humanitarian organizations to provide exemplary work in the relief and humanitarian fields.
Q: How many volunteers support KSrelief? How are they integrated into its work?
A: KSrelief has established a platform for volunteering. The number of registered volunteers has reached 15,562, who have been classified according to their specialties and the center’s need for their services.
KSrelief’s volunteer programs fall under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and are based on the principle of voluntary work as one of the seven principles of humanitarianism recognized by international law.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) signed a joint agreement yesterday to implement a project in Sudan entitled “Provision of School Kits for Children in Sudan”. The agreement was signed virtually by Eng. Ahmed Al Baiz, KSrelief’s Assistant Supervisor General of Operations and Programs, at KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh.
The agreement aims to provide educational aid and school enrollment support for the children of poor and crisis-affected families in schools in the city of Port Sudan in the Red Sea State. It also aims to contribute to motivating these children to continue their education. The project will benefit 1,500 children.
This agreement comes within the efforts made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, to support Sudan’s education sector and help to limit factors leading to increased student dropout rates.
RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Tuesday distributed over 42 tons of food items among flood victims in Khartoum, Sudan.
In addition to sending aid to flood victims, the Kingdom is also assisting the country in its fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Earlier this week, the center handed over 100 tons of dates as a gift from Saudi Arabia to Sudan.
The Kingdom had been one of the largest donors to Sudan, with a total amount of donations exceeding $1.2 billion until 2019.
The center also organized a lecture on COVID-19 at its clinics operation in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Thirty-four Syrian refugees, who are health practitioners by profession, took part in the lecture given by Dr. Zakia Bukhari, a consultant on epidemiology and infectious diseases.
The aim of the lecture was to create awareness about ways to check the spread of the virus.
KHARTOUM, SUDAN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) recently distributed shelter support to flood victims in Sudan as part of an ongoing airlift funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The aid included the distribution of 155 tents in the Barbar area, and 47 tents, 245 tarpaulins and 65 boxes of dates in the Al Damr area; 3,072 people in the Nile River state will benefit from this aid. Another 100 tents and 200 tarpaulins were also provided for 1,800 people in the Toker area of the Red Sea state.
The aid is included in a comprehensive Saudi relief program to help Sudanese flood victims throughout the country.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) signed today an agreement with Al Basar International Foundation to implement projects to combat blindness and the diseases which causing it in eight countries around the globe from 2020 to 2021.
The agreement was signed by KSrelief’s Assistant Supervisor General of Planning and Development, Dr. Aqeel Al Ghamdi, and the Secretary General of Al Basar International Foundation, Dr. Adel bin Abdulaziz Al Rashoud.
Dr. Al Ghamdi stated that according to the agreement, 30 medical campaigns will be implemented with the participation of Saudi volunteers and doctors in Yemen, the Philippines, Congo (Kinshasa), Bangladesh, Sudan, Djibouti, Rwanda, and Burundi. Approximately 12,000 surgeries are expected to be performed, and 30,000 pairs of eyeglasses will be dispensed; the total number of beneficiaries is will be around 150,000.
Dr. Al Ghamdi added that this agreement comes as an extension of the relief and humanitarian work carried out by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to alleviate the suffering of the needy and to provide treatment for the sick and injured around the world.
The devices will reportedly be used novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Marib, Al-Mahrah, Shabwah, Socotra, and Al-Wadiah Port governorates. (SPA)
The delivery was made in accordance with directives issued by King Salman
RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) announced that it has delivered five PCR devices to the Yemeni Ministry of Health’s National Program for Drug Supply.
The devices will reportedly be used novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Marib, Al-Mahrah, Shabwah, Socotra, and Al-Wadiah Port governorates.
The delivery was made in accordance with directives issued by King Salman.
KSRelief is also providing aid to people affected by the floods in Sudan. The center distributed tents and cartons of dates in numerous governorates, benefiting 4,872 individuals.
RAMALLAH, PALESTINE: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) recently handed over its third batch of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 support for Palestine; the aid was presented to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the presence of the Health Minister of the State of Palestine, Dr. Mai Al Kaila.
This third batch of aid included ventilators, ICU beds, operating tables and patient monitoring systems. These items will help to equip Palestinian hospitals and health centers specialized in treating COVID-19, particularly in areas that are short of supplies and need more support to improve their health situations.
This aid is being provided according to directives from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and HRH the Crown Prince for KSrelief to provide urgent assistance to vulnerable countries to help them combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hassan Haroobi says photography depends on the visions and perception of a photographer. (Photos/Supplied)
Hassan Haroobi calls for investing in photography to develop visual culture
Nature is a divine beauty that encourages creativity and photography
MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood.
“I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern region of our beloved Kingdom, especially in the Harub province in eastern Jazan, 110 kilometers away from the city,” he told Arab News.
He has taken many distinguished photos since starting out, including one of a giant moon, and the famous photo of the student that lately circulated on social media. “Nature is a divine beauty that encourages creativity and photography,” he sphaid.
Any person who loves photography seeks to capture everlasting photos to show nature to the whole world, be it plants, animals, seas, soil, water, or air, he said.
“This is why nature is like a treasure granted by God for humans to benefit, and nature is our source of living,” said Haroobi.
He added: “It is from nature that people get natural resources to procure all their needs. It is from nature that they take materials they use in their daily life. This is why life is like a big store for whatever the human needs to live, starting from his food, and ending with things that he produces and uses. The human is an important part of nature and is an extension to it.”
The first thing a photographer needs to think of before going out to take pictures is “what is the best moment to take an extraordinary picture?” he said.
“This is something that some people consider trivial, for we can take photos anytime we want. Yes, this does not contradict reality; however everything has its suitable moments so that it would be done in the best way,” he added.
• Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013.
• He has taken many distinguished photos since starting out, including one of a giant moon, and the famous photo of the student that lately circulated on social media.
• Haroobi considers sunrise or sunset the perfect time for photography.
He noted that photography was a widespread art. Professional photographers, or those aiming to become one, should be organized in everything they do, he said, from planning the location, preparing the camera, and ensuring enough and suitable equipment for every photo session.
As for the best time to take photos, Haroobi said the “golden hour” before sunrise or sunset is perfect, especially with for portraits and landscapes with smooth, easily controlled light.
Photography in Saudi Arabia has become available to everyone through modern mobile devices, and anybody can become a professional photographer, he said.
“Photography does not depend on the type of camera; it primarily depends on the vision and perception of the photographer on how he takes the picture, what he will focus on, and how he will shed light on a certain part while discarding other less important parts,” he said.
He pointed out that taking into consideration the basic conditions of photography rather than the camera itself would turn a picture from an ordinary one to a professional one.
“Although using a professional camera would render the photo more brilliant and professional, it would not alone produce the beauty, for it could give worse results than the mobile if the user ignores photography techniques,” said Haroobi. “Because mobiles and simple cameras are designed to make autocorrections, and it is exactly like in painting where skills lie in the painter and not the pen.”
He advised photographers of both genders not to go out and take pictures during rainy days and storms, especially in mountains, for the southern regions of the Kingdom witness difficult and possibly dangerous conditions.
The photographer also called on increasing investment in the art of photography by organizing competitions for the most beautiful pictures.
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