Volunteers repair houses of poor families in Riyadh

The initiative aims to extend assistance to those living in poor districts through the renovation and repair of their houses. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 26 September 2017
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Volunteers repair houses of poor families in Riyadh

RIYADH: Many young Saudis find inner satisfaction through volunteer work, which also helps boost their self-confidence. In addition to acquiring new experiences, volunteer work allows youngsters to learn the pleasures of bringing joy to others.
This was typically felt by a group of volunteers called the “story of success” team, which launched an initiative at the beginning of last Ramadan to renovate the houses of poor and low-income people in the capital city of Riyadh.
The team, supported by grandsons of Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz, comprises seven members and another 50 young male and female volunteers who sought to help those unable to renovate and repair their houses.
Team member Abdulmajeed Al-Disimani said the initiative is part of other initiatives launched by the “story of success” team which is a community, humanitarian and charity initiative started in Al-Faisaliyah district in Riyadh.
He said the initiative aims to extend assistance to those living in poor districts through the renovation and repair of their houses by these young volunteers. The team, which came into being a few months ago, welcomes new members who desire to join, he said.
Speaking to local media, he said the team receives a list of poor families whose houses need repair through the Social Development Center in Al-Faisaliyah district and the team members review the houses eligible for support.
The team consults specialized contractors and engineers on the work that is required on each home.
Some of the repairs are carried out by the specialists, while the rest of the work, such as painting, is done by the team members, he said.
He gave no information on the beneficiaries of the initiative but expressed the hope that the service will cover all poor houses in the district, which exceed 50 houses.
He said their first plan was to launch their voluntary project in Al-Faisaliyah district and then shift to another district in coordination with other needy areas.
Al-Disimani expressed thanks and appreciation to those who supported the initiative, either volunteers or those who rendered financial and material support.
He also thanked those who gave moral support through social media and, in this context, called on all parties to join hands in helping poor families repair their houses to improve their quality of life.


Saudi aid center delegation takes part in UN humanitarian affairs meetings

A delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) participated in the meeting of the humanitarian affairs section of the UN Economic and Social Council, in New York on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 20 June 2018
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Saudi aid center delegation takes part in UN humanitarian affairs meetings

A delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) was in New York on Tuesday to enhance the efficiency of humanitarian action and raise the capacities of affected and needy peoples.

The delegation participated with the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN in the meetings of the humanitarian affairs section of the UN Economic and Social Council, which are held annually.

The center was represented by spokesman Dr. Samer Al-Jatili, and Director of Partnerships and International Relations Dr. Yahya Al-Shammari.

This year’s meetings dealt with topics focused on making humanitarian action more systematic and coordinated.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s UN Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi met the delegation of KSRelief to discuss the delegation’s participation in the Council.

On Tuesday, a relief convoy of 15 trains from KSRelief moved from Jazan, targeting the people of the governorate of Hodeidah with basic foodstuff and medicines.

The head of the emergency relief department at the center, Fahad Al-Osaimi, said the convoy was carrying 284 tons of basic food baskets and 95 tons of medicines.