KSRelief distributes 17,000 schoolbags to displaced students in Syria

Syrian refugees collect their share of relief goods from volunteers of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) at a refugee center in Jordan. (SPA file photo)
Updated 03 November 2017

KSRelief distributes 17,000 schoolbags to displaced students in Syria

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 17,000 schoolbags for internally displaced children in 29 schools in Syria.
Samer Al-Jetaily, spokesman of KSRelief, said that the project “Education Builds Nations” initiative to distribute schoolbags and stationery to Syrian refugee students was concluded in the Zaatari camp and covered all its school-going children.
Besides internally displaced children, the center has also organized similar projects to help refugee children in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and internally displaced Syrians to reach the largest possible number of Syrian students in these countries to ease educational expenditures on their families.
The parents of the Syrian students expressed their thanks and appreciation to the KSRelief for providing their children with the educational aid. They also appreciated Saudi Arabia’s role in standing with them in their difficult times.
In Jordan, the center distributed school supplies, including schoolbags and stationery items, to 13,000 Syrian students at the Zaatari camp.
Last month, KSRelief signed seven agreements with international and local organizations to help internally displaced persons within Syria and also Syrian refugees in neighboring countries in its relief projects.
The projects included various aid sectors such as health, water, environmental sanitation, food security, education and nutrition.

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

Updated 25 August 2019

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start.

Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground.

“It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News.

“It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.”

Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said.

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said.

He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience.

“Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.”