RIYADH: ALI FAYYAZ
Published — Thursday 1 August 2013
Last update 1 August 2013 6:10 am
Riyadh Gov. Prince Khalid bin Bandar launched the Disabled Children Association’s (DCA) 10th center this week in the capital.
The event was attended by Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) and chairman of the association’s board of directors, in addition to Prince Turki bin Abdullah, vice governor of Riyadh.
During the inauguration ceremony, Prince Sultan bin Salman said, “The association, which began its services in 1987 with one center, now includes 10 centers with a budget amounting to more than SR 70 million.”
Vice Governor Prince Turki vowed to continue supporting disabled children saying, “The Governorate of Riyadh will work with the capital’s municipality to provide sites in different parts of the city for the establishment of centers for disabled children.”
Prince Khalid bin Bandar and Prince Turki bin Abdullah made a personal donation to the center via mobile messages to the number 5050.
The DCA is a non-profit organization for children living with disabilities in the Kingdom.
The organization provides education, speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy, in addition to an extensive range of social and life elevating activities.
The DCA earlier posted a statement on their website highlighting the dire need to provide greater services and attention to the disabled community, citing that 720,000 people suffer from disabilities in the Kingdom and face grossly inadequate facilities.