One of the programs implemented by KSrelief in partnership with the UNICEF is the Radio Education Program. (SPA)
Center is providing psychosocial support services to children in areas where schools are not available
RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) is carrying out several programs in Burkina Faso to ensure child protection and enhance their access to basic education.
The number of direct beneficiaries of the program has reached 22,287 while 30,000 have benefited indirectly.
The center is providing psychosocial support services to children in areas where schools are not available.
One of the programs implemented by the center in partnership with the UNICEF is the Radio Education Program. The courses offered through the program target students aged between 10 and 17.
The number of students who benefited from the program has reached 11,600.
The program offers nine-month courses in various subjects. It mainly targets children living in the north central region of Burkina Faso and could not attend schools due to various reasons.
Since it was founded in May 2015, KSrelief has implemented 1,329 projects in 53 countries, worth more than $4.42 billion.
The countries that have benefited most from its work are Yemen ($3 billion), Palestine ($360 million), Syria ($296 million), and Somalia ($192 million).
AL HUDAYDAH, YEMEN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) continues to implement a WASH sector project for inhabitants of Al Hudaydah’s Al Khawkhah district to provide clean water and protect the health of local residents.
From 10 – 16 December, the project pumped 291,000 liters of safe drinking water into holding tanks, and 192,000 liters were provided for other household uses. Other components of the project include the collection and transportation of solid waste to local landfills in the district, and maintenance services. Fourteen insect-spraying campaigns were also conducted to combat local disease vectors, and 88 hygiene kits were distributed.
KSrelief has implemented more than 500 impartial, multisector projects to help the Yemeni people during the ongoing conflict in their country.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: During the third week of December 2020, MASAM project teams from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) deactivated a total of 1,346 explosive devices, including 26 antipersonnel mines, 180 anti-vehicle mines, 4 improvised explosive devices and 1,136 pieces of unexploded ordnance. Since the project began in June 2018, MASAM teams have deactivated a total of 205,853 Houthi militia-planted devices.
Militia groups have deployed more than a million explosive devices in populated areas throughout Yemen during the ongoing conflict there. These devices have killed and wounded many innocent civilians and remain a serious threat to the safety and security of Yemen.
KSrelief workers distribute winter relief goodies to the needy in Shangla, Pakistan. (SPA)
AL-BAYDA: The Emergency Center for Epidemic Disease Control in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate continues to provide treatment services with the support of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief).
In one week, the clinics’ registration and screening department received 772 patients, the observations department received 21, the inpatient clinic 19, the epidemic department 772, the awareness and education department 623, and the medical referral department 42. Medicines were dispensed to 795 patients.
Meanwhile, modern medical equipment provided by KSrelief has arrived at Al-Ghaylah Hospital in Yemen’s Al-Bayda governorate.
Fayez Al-Wehaishi, director general of the office of the Health Ministry in Al-Bayda, said the medical devices include a complete blood count (CBC) test device, a modern digital microscope, a centrifuge, an automated chemistry analyzer, a laboratory refrigerator, a power generator, wheelchairs and fixed chairs.
He expressed his appreciation for KSrelief’s support, saying the modern medical devices are a qualitative leap in the hospital’s services and will contribute significantly to alleviating patients’ suffering.
This delivery is part of the humanitarian and relief aid provided by Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, to the people of Yemen.
Meanwhile, KSrelief continues to distribute winter clothing to the needy in Lebanon. The center distributed 2,258 blankets and 1,129 winter bags to Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as host communities in Beit El-Faqs, Danniyeh and Tripoli in Lebanon, benefiting 5,645 individuals.
Moreover, KSrelief distributed more than 250 winter bags in Shangla, Pakistan, benefiting 1,524 people.
MA’RIB, YEMEN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) continues to implement its “My Skills My Livelihoods 2” Project in the Ma’rib governorate.
As of yesterday, 29 women were continuing their training course in baking and pastry production; the 60-hour course will provide trainees with the basic skills needed to create their own home-based businesses or find employment in the local job market.
Vocational areas in which training is offered under the program include: sewing and embroidery, hairdressing, electrical wiring, pastries and baking, mobile phone maintenance, and veterinary, livestock and agricultural activities. The early-recovery project targets 500 orphans and their families, 60% of whom have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in the country.
KSrelief provides a number of humanitarian projects and programs for orphans and their families in Yemen with the aim of improving their living conditions and providing them with comprehensive support and services.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: A memorandum of cooperation was signed virtually today between the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Under this agreement, some of the winners of the “Gamers without Borders” online gaming competition donated their prize money, amounting to USD 1,339,500, to be spent towards combating the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting children around the world through the implementation of disease awareness and prevention programs. The “Gamers without Borders” competition was organized by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS) to raise funds to support international organizations and bodies.
The agreement was signed by the Supervisor General of KSrelief, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Managing Director of Gavi, Mrs. Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao.
As the only authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia authorized to deliver the country’s external humanitarian aid, KSrelief had previously signed a memorandum of cooperation with SAFEIS, according to which the donated funds from the Gamers without Borders competition, which amounted to USD 10 million, would be allocated to combating the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
At the signing, Dr. Al Rabeeah delivered the following remarks: “Today,” he said, “we signed a memorandum of cooperation with an international organization that has historical ties to the Kingdom. During this year, 2020, the world has faced the COVID-19 pandemic.” He added that the virus has caused death and serious illness to millions of people around the world, and has had a serious and negative effect on international health systems and the global economy.
Dr. Al Rabeeah also explained that the Kingdom has provided other assistance through KSrelief to many countries to combat the outbreak of COVID-19; for example, the Kingdom donated USD 150 million to Gavi earlier this year as part of the alliance’s efforts to limit the spread of the pandemic.
Mrs. Saraka-Yao also commented on the occasion. “This memorandum,” she said, “will strengthen our relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and will contribute to helping people with COVID-19 and preventing the (spread of the) pandemic.” She also noted that the Kingdom is at the forefront of the countries providing global humanitarian aid, a fact which has been evident throughout the COVID-19 crisis. She expressed her hope that more such agreements would be reached between Gavi and KSrelief to further strengthen their strategic partnership.
Forces from the pro-independence Southern Transitional Council (STC) said that they received similar orders from their commanders to end hostilities in Abyan. (Reuters/File Photo)
AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s soldiers and separatists agreed on Friday to put into place a “comprehensive and permanent” truce in the southern province of Abyan and other contested areas, local army commanders said on Saturday.
The fresh announcement about halting hostilities comes as Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed, prime minister-designate, is closing in on announcing the formation of a new shared government agreed under the Saudi-brokered Riyadh Agreement.
Military units loyal to the internationally recognized government received on Friday orders from the government to immediately put into place a truce, ending military alerts that have been in place in the province of Abyan for months.
“We have received orders to end combat standby state and put into place a comprehensive and permanent truce in the province,” a local government military officer in Abyan, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Arab News on Saturday. “It seems that the politicians in Riyadh reached an agreement,” the officer said, referring to the continuing new government consultation between Yemeni rivals.
Forces from the pro-independence Southern Transitional Council (STC) said that they received similar orders from their commanders to end hostilities in Abyan.
The Yemeni government and separatists have been at war during the past couple of years.
Aimed at ending the STC’s unilateral self rule in southern provinces, the government launched a military offensive in May in Abyan that has claimed the lives of dozens on both sides.
In July, Saudi Arabia, which brokered the Riyadh Agreement in late 2019, proposed a new mechanism for accelerating the implementation of the agreement which led to Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi mandating Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed to form a new government and the naming of a new governor and chief of security for Aden.
On the ground, the Kingdom has deployed military officers to monitor a truce between the rivals and the implementation of military and security arrangements under the deal.
The premier-designate is putting the final touches on his consultations with Yemeni parties on a new government as major ministries were distributed between Yemen’s big and small parties, two sources told Arab News on Saturday.
“A new government might see light this week as combat forces will simultaneously pull out of contested areas and join fighting against the Houthis,” a senior STC source in Riyadh, said preferring anonymity.
Military and security arrangements under the deal, such as the STC withdrawal of military units from Aden, the country’s interim capital, and Abyan, have long blocked the formation of a new government as the legitimate government insists on the implementation of the security and military side of the agreement before announcing the agreement.
To end the impasse, the rivals agreed to announce the government this week, coinciding with the withdrawal of forces from Aden and Abyan, sources told Arab News.
Government and STC sources in Riyadh said that under the current consultations, Yemen’s president would pick names for four “sovereign” ministries — defense, interior, finance and foreign affairs.
The STC was given the ministries of transport, social affairs and labor, civil service and insurance, agricultural and fisheries, as well as the ministry of public works and highways.
The remaining ministries were distributed between the General People’s Congress that has ruled Yemen for three decades, the Islamist Islah Party, the Socialist Party, the Islamist Rashad Party and Hadramout Inclusive Conference.
Reacting to the news of a new government announcement and the halt of hostilities in their province, people in the contested areas in Abyan voiced hope that the factions would this time become serious and end fighting in their areas. “We are tired of fighting. We want to return to our normal life,” a man from Abyan’s Shouqra, who asked to remain anonymous, told Arab News.
MIDI, YEMEN: Today, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) distributed 594 food baskets, weighing 43 tons and 956 kilograms, to assist poor and displaced families in the areas of Bani Fi’dah, Al-Ja’ada, Al-Tanabaka and Al-Muda from the Midi district of the Hajjah governorate, which is adjacent to the Sa’dah governorate. Some 1,782 people will benefit from the urgent food aid, which is being handed out in cooperation with the Al-Khair Coalition for Humanitarian Relief.
The food assistance is part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s efforts, through KSrelief, to provide comprehensive, impartial support to the Yemeni people during the many ongoing challenges they are experiencing.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), met today at the center’s headquarters in Riyadh with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Saudi Arabia, Oifend Stock.
During the meeting, the two officials discussed joint cooperation between the two countries in the field of humanitarian and relief work, as well as topics related to the global humanitarian repercussions of COVID-19. Dr. Al Rabeeah also briefed Ambassador Stock on KSrelief’s work to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to those in need in countries around the world.
Following their meeting the Norwegian Ambassador praised the Kingdom’s work through KSrelief to provide impartial, comprehensive aid globally.