Sri Lankan Embassy to expand coverage of mobile services
Sri Lankan Embassy to expand coverage of mobile services
“Hitherto, our mobile services were only confined to the Eastern Province, but because of the growing demand we want to extend it to Hail and Buraidah in the northern parts of the Kingdom,” Vadivel Kirshnamoorthy, the island’s ambassador told Arab News on Thursday.
He said there is a regular flow of Sri Lankan workers coming into the Kingdom that are spread throughout the country. “We want to take our services to their doorstep,” he added.
Some 450,000 Sri Lankans are in the Kingdom, which is the largest concentration of the island’s 1.5 million workforce in the Middle East.
Regarding the problem of runaway housemaids, he said it has been reduced greatly following the end of the amnesty period.
Dwelling on the number of death cases among Sri Lankan housemaids, he said that according to the mission’s records, 128 deaths were registered last year and 32 cases have been reported in 2014 thus far. “An average number of 10 to 11 death cases are reported per month to the embassy,” he added.
He also stressed that there has been no reports on the removal of organs from the human remains dispatched from the Kingdom.
Krishnamoorthy pointed out that a good number of infants born in the Kingdom lack citizenship due to the non-availability of new contact details of the applicant.
However, any Sri Lankan can dial the toll free number 80011880050 to make arrangement for citizenship certificates, he explained.
In February, the embassy in Riyadh set up a 24-hour phone-in service to provide assistance to its distressed expatriate workers in the Kingdom.
The toll free number 8001180050 is a 24-hour helpline.
Krishnamoorthy said remittances from Lankan nationals working in the Middle East was estimated at $2.5 billion in 2010, adding that a “significant portion of the remittances comes from the 450,000 Sri Lankans working in the Kingdom.”
Around one-third of Sri Lanka’s 1.5 million overseas workers live in the Kingdom, he added.
He said that Sri Lankans have earned a reputation as disciplined, honest and hard-working residents in the Kingdom.
Kishnamoorthy expressed his deep appreciation for the generous amnesty granted by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah which gave undocumented expatriates the opportunity to respectfully exit the country and return to Sri Lanka or to rectify their status.
He said, “Over 100,000 expatriates had changed their professions and that approximately 15,000 Sri Lankans had left the Kingdom without facing any penalties.
The amnesty, he added, has also enabled those who returned to Sri Lanka to reapply for jobs and return to the Kingdom in the future, benefiting both the Sri Lankan and Saudi Arabian labor markets.”
KSRelief to provide 5,000 Yemenis with school supplies
- There are two million Yemeni children out of school because of the Houthis’ aggression against civilians
- The total cost of all the projects provided by KSRelief since its establishment is $70 million
JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has launched a project to provide Yemeni students and schools with supplies to ensure that education continues across the country despite the brutal acts of militants. The trucks started to carrying the aid from Riyadh to Yemen on Monday.
“It is a project to provide Yemen’s schools with the essential needs to ensure a better and smoother educational environment, such as chairs, desks, and boards, in addition to students’ supplies. It will support nearly 5,000 students across Yemen,” said Dr. Samer Aljetaily, spokesman for KSRelief.
“The trucks will arrive first in Ma’arib, then it will be distributed to the most needed areas across the country’s schools and students.”
“My Education” is one of the big projects given to support Yemen’s people in health, shelter, infrastructure, environment and education to help the country stand on its feet regardless of any devastation caused by the militants.
“The total cost of all the projects provided by KSRelief since its establishment is $70 million. In terms of education, the center has given financial aid to schools, paid teachers’ salaries, and provided students’ essential school needs and meals. We will continue supporting our brothers and sisters in Yemen in all sectors.”
This project has been supported by the Saudi Ministry of Education and the Saudi-led Islamic Military Coalition. “The coalition always supports our all initiatives in the interest of Yemeni citizens. The coalition will protect the aid till it arrives in Ma’arib, then it will support logistically to facilitate the distribution of the supplies. Education is a priority for the Saudi government and for KSRelief.
“We have always supported education in Yemen and always will, whether it is for schools, educational institutions, students, teachers, or even educational curricular and psychological support departments to help students become better amid all the horrific acts caused by the Houthis. KSRelief is very keen on building a strong future with a well-educated generation of Yemenis.”
Asked whether there is a lack of international support for Yemen, he told Arab News: “Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, has attracted global attention to Yemen’s humanitarian status in different ways, including direct funding for the infrastructure of the country and huge support for health, education and the environment. Saudi Arabia is ranked the first donor in the world when it comes to humanitarian, financial and logistical support in Yemen. This has encouraged other countries’ support as well.
“The UAE has greatly supported the Yemen humanitarian file with $1 billion. The international community has reacted to this.
“However, there must be more international collaboration to reduce the militants’ attacks on the aid and supplies and facilitate the entry of aid and ensure a higher level of safety. There is also need for better cooperation to protect students and children in the militants’ controlled areas,” he emphasized.
“The Saudi Ministry of Education has supported this initiative by providing school supplies and students’ essential supplies.”
There are two million Yemeni children out of school because of the Houthis’ aggression against civilians.