KSrelief Signs Agreement to Implement Vocational Training Project for Yemen Youth

Time: 12 November 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) recently signed a joint agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to implement a Vocational Training and Business Skills Support for Youth Project in Yemen for a total cost of USD 3 million.

The agreement was signed virtually by KSrelief’s Assistant Supervisor General of Operations and Programs, Eng. Ahmed Al Baiz, and a UNDP Representative, Mr. Auke Lootsma. 

Under this agreement, youth and women will be able to acquire professional, technical and commercial skills by participating in vocational and professional training courses. Subjects include life and economic skills, and 910 young men and women are expected to join the program in the governorates of Hadramawt, Dhamar, Ibb and Lahij.

This agreement comes as a continuation of ongoing relief efforts being provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.

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KSrelief Distributes Food and Shelter Aid in Yemen

Time: 28 October 2020

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.

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New truce in Abyan brings peace to southern Yemen

24/10/20

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)

  • ilitary units loyal to the internationally recognized government received on Friday orders from the government to immediately put into place a truce
  • The Yemeni government and separatists have been at war during the past couple of years

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.

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KSrelief’s MASAM Teams Continue to Deactivate Explosive Devices in Yemen

Time: 21 October 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: During the second week of October 2020, MASAM project teams from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) deactivated a total of 1,413 explosive devices, including 263 anti-vehicle mines, 41 improvised explosive devices and 1,109 pieces of unexploded ordnance. Since the project began in June 2018, MASAM teams have deactivated a total of 192,467 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.

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KSrelief’s MASAM Teams Continue to Deactivate Explosive Devices in Yemen

Time: 15 October 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: During the first week of October 2020, MASAM project teams from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) deactivated a total of 1,857 explosive devices, including one antipersonnel mine, 417 anti-vehicle mines, and 1,439 pieces of unexploded ordnance. Since the project began in June 2018, MASAM teams have deactivated a total of 191,045 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.

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KSrelief Provides 37,000 Boxes of Dates to Hadramawt

Time: 13 October 2020

HADRAMAWT, YEMEN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) recently launched the distribution of 37,000 boxes of dates to various districts in Yemen’s Hadramawt governorate. The governorate’s Assistant Undersecretary for Valley and Desert Affairs, Engineer Hisham Muhammad Al Saidi, expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people during the ongoing crisis in their country.

The Director General of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor office, Dr. Abdullah Bagham, expressed the office and civil society organizations’ pride in the effective partnerships with KSrelief which contribute to serving the local community, including IDPs.

KSrelief has implemented more than 400 impartial, multisectoral humanitarian initiatives across Yemen, alleviating the suffering of millions of people in need.

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Saudi aid agency provides PCR devices to Yemen

Time: 03 October 2020  

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.

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KSrelief Virtually Signs a Joint Cooperation Agreement with UNICEF for Yemen

Time: 21 September 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) virtually signed today a joint cooperation agreement with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to implement seven various projects in Yemen, at a total cots of USD 46,000,000 – part of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen 2020.

The three agreement was signed by the Advisor-Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, with the UNICEF Representative in the Gulf area, Mr. Eltayeb Adam.

The agreement aims to support the access of Yemeni children affected by the coronavirus pandemic “COVID-19” to educational opportunities through distance learning, and developing preparedness plans to safely return to schools. It also aims to support building the capacities of educational personnel and institutions by providing training programs and raising awareness to deal with the pandemic; in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and local channels in 20 governorates in Yemen. Another aim is to support the access of Yemeni children to quality education opportunities by equipping schools, providing educational supplies for students, and building the capacities of the educational staff in the governorates of Abyan, Aden, Al Bayda, Dhamar, Dhale, Al Jawf, Al Mahwit, Amant Al Asemah, Amran, Raymah, Sa’dah, Shabwah, Taiz, Al Mahrah, Ibb, Hadramawt, Ma’rib, Sana’a, Hajjah, Al Hudaydah, Lahij, and Socotra.

Moreover, the agreement includes enabling children and their families to access psychosocial support and mental health services in 19 Yemeni governorates, as part of the Child Protection Project in Yemen. In addition to an emergency response to “COVID-19” in targeted health facilities in 9 governorates by securing all equipment to receive patients in the ICU, including ventilators, patient monitors, and AED/Defibrillator. Also, establishing 60 respiratory triage points in hospitals and primary health care centers, providing personal protection equipment for medical staff, and training health staff on the measures taken to address the outbreak of the pandemic. As well as integrated emergency health response to ensure continuity and expansion of services, with the aim of supporting the resilience of the health sector during the pandemic. Achieving the resilience will be by building a new warehouse in accordance with standard procedures to storage health supplies in a suitable place supported with furniture and equipment needed. In addition to purchasing necessary medicines for health centers and hospitals for children’s diseases, including antibiotics, fever reducers and watery diarrhea medicines.

The agreement also includes the operational cost of a large group of hospitals and health centers, and securing personal protection items for medical staff in all Yemeni governorates. As well as reducing injuries and deaths due to malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women in 8 governorates, that have high levels of acute malnutrition, through maintaining the provision of life-saving interventions and preventive nutrition in conjunction with primary health, and WASH interventions.

After the signing, Dr. Al Rabeeah stated, “Under the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Macaques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince, we sign today the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s agreement, represented by KSrelief, with UNICEF.” He pointed out that this important agreement is part of the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen 2020, with a value of USD 46 million for 16,851,000 recipients in Yemen. He explained that this agreement includes seven projects. The first is a health project (USD 11,200,000) for 4,400,000 recipients, the second is a WASH project (USD 9,200,000) for nearly 2.5 million recipients, and the third project is to combat malnutrition for children and mothers (USD 7,600,000) for nearly 175,000 recipients. The fourth project is to fight COVID-19 (USD 4,000,000) for 9,000,000 recipients, and the fifth project is for health awareness and education about COVID-19 epidemic (USD 2,000,000) for nearly 230,000 recipients. The sixth project is to support education (USD 8,000,000) for nearly 252,000 recipients, and the seventh and last project is for protection and prevention (USD 4,000,000) for 241,000 recipients.

Dr. Al Rabeeah concluded by appreciating the strategic partnership between KSrelief and UNICEF that contributes to human suffering everywhere.

The UNICEF Representative in the Gulf area, Mr. Eltayeb Adam, thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its generous and continuous support for the UNICEF’s programs in Yemen. He noted that the USD 46 million grant will assist UNICEF in providing support to children and their families in the areas of health, nutrition, WASH, education and protection. It also supported UNICEF to combat the COVID-19 epidemic in Yemen by training health personnel and providing medical and other supplies.

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KSrelief and UNDP Implement Agricultural Projects in Yemen

Time: 01 September 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of an emergency support project to assist Yemeni farmers, is implementing a number of initiatives, including providing farmers with tools and equipment, improving their livelihoods and their ability to provide for their families, protecting their land from desertification and increasing agricultural production. The project also addresses water shortages to help the farmers better provide for their livestock and increase agricultural outputs. 
Through this support, KSrelief hopes to create economic opportunities and improve both agricultural and non-agricultural livelihoods in areas conducive to the implementation of early economic recovery projects. The center seeks to accomplish these goals by supporting and incentivizing agricultural professionals.
KSrelief is also implementing an emergency support project for the most affected families in six Yemeni provinces: Taiz, Lahj, Abyan, Al-Dalla, Hajjah and Omran, with the aim of enhancing food security and providing livelihoods for 70,000 people. The government’s policy of “strengthening the state of the economy” has also been enhanced by the development of a reliable system for rehabilitating the production infrastructure of commercial fisheries.
This comes within the framework of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, represented by KSrelief, to provide a variety of humanitarian services to the Yemeni people during the ongoing crisis in their country. 

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Two KSrelief Trucks Cross Al Wadiah Port with Medical Aid for Aden and Ma’rib

Time: 31 August 2020

AL-WADEEAH, YEMEN: Between 24 and 26 August 2020, two trucks from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) crossed the Al Wadiah border crossing point from Saudi Arabia carrying 11 tons and 272 kilograms of medical supplies, including 24 wheelchairs and a variety of medicines. The medical aid was bound for the Aden and Ma’rib provinces to support health care services in those two regions.

KSrelief provides ongoing impartial assistance to all parts of Yemen to alleviate the suffering on the Yemeni people – hundreds of multisector projects.

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