Ensan orphanage elects new 13-member board of directors

Updated 29 July 2012

Ensan orphanage elects new 13-member board of directors

The Charitable Society for the Care of Orphans (Ensan) elected on Tuesday its board of directors.
Riyadh Gov. Prince Sattam is chairman of the 13-member board and Prince Faisal bin Salman is head of the executive committee.
Saleh Al-Yosuf, director of the society, said Ensan discussed four main issues and is waiting for the new board to approve recommendations to tackle them.
They include reviewing the society’s estimated budget for 2012; authorizing the board to take necessary action regarding the society’s properties and investments in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Affairs; authorizing the board to reconsider changing the society’s logo; and approving the society’s policy of opening new branches that has been studied by the executive committee and approved by the former board of directors.
Ensan has prepared a program to assess prospective foster mothers.
Officials at Ensan called for the regulations governing foster mothers to be reconsidered and to give them official government support.
Al-Yosuf said there is a road map to reorganize orphan care services in Saudi Arabia and to develop the programs provided already by the public and private sectors.
Al-Yosuf said: “Ensan will give more attention to orphans’ needs after they leave the orphanage.
“Ensan will work on providing them accommodation and jobs.”
He said there is a special committee to execute the recommendations, of which most have already been implemented.
Al-Yosuf encouraged prospective foster families to volunteer to take care of orphans in line with family laws.
He stressed on the importance of providing accurate data on orphans in the Arab world in addition to taking extra care of adult female orphans.


Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki at a press briefing. (SPA file photo)
Updated 19 March 2019

Arab coalition working to protect region’s security, says spokesman

  • Houthis want to disturb peace, says coalition spokesman
  • Stockholm peace agreement under strain

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government is committed to protecting regional and global security, a spokesman said Monday.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki was asked at a press briefing about Houthi militias threatening to target the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“This is their way to disturb peace,” Al-Maliki replied. “Previously the Houthis targeted Riyadh with a ballistic missile, violating all international laws by attacking a city that has more than 8 million civilians. We take all precautions to protect civilians and vital areas. The coalition works to protect regional and international security.”

Al-Maliki said Houthis had targeted Saudi border towns several times, the most recent incident taking place in Abha last Friday.

But the Saudi Royal Air Defense Force had shot down a drone that was targeting civilians, he added.

He said four Saudi nationals and an Indian expatriate were injured in the attack because of falling debris.

The drone wreckage showed the characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing, he said, which proved Iran was continuing to smuggle arms to the militias.

He warned the Houthis to refrain from targeting civilians because the coalition, in line with international humanitarian law, had every right to counter such threats.

He said the coalition was making efforts to neutralize ballistic missiles and dismantle their capabilities, as the coalition’s joint command would not allow the militia to possess weapons that threatened civilian lives and peace.

Al-Maliki reiterated that the Houthis were targeting Yemeni civilians and continued to violate international laws. 

He also urged Yemenis to try their best to prevent children from being captured by Houthis, who were using them as human shields and child soldiers.

His comments came as the UN tried to salvage a peace deal that was seen as crucial for ending the country’s four-year war.

The Stockholm Agreement was signed by the Yemeni government and Houthi representatives last December.

The main points of the agreement were a prisoner exchange, steps toward a cease-fire in the city of Taiz, and a cease-fire agreement in the city of Hodeidah and its port, as well as ports in Salif and Ras Issa.

Militants triggered the conflict when they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014 and attempted to occupy large parts of the country. An Arab coalition intervened in support of the internationally recognized government in March 2015.

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015.

Earlier this month US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Donald Trump’s administration opposed curbs on American assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

“The way to alleviate the Yemeni people’s suffering isn’t to prolong the conflict by handicapping our partners in the fight, but by giving the Saudi-led coalition the support needed to defeat the Iranian-backed rebels and ensure a just peace,” Pompeo said at a news conference in Washington.