Saudi National Handicraft Development Program organizes training program to develop capacity of female artisans

The trainees learn the methods of product designing and product pricing with regard to quotations for a handicraft product. (SPA)
Updated 26 December 2017
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Saudi National Handicraft Development Program organizes training program to develop capacity of female artisans

RIYADH: The National Handicraft Development Program “Bari” has organized a training program for female artisans in Riyadh to learn more about designing and pricing their craft products.
Bari, a flagship program of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) with the mandate to promote handicrafts in the Kingdom by supporting local artisans, organized a skill-based training program for developing the capacity of female artisans in Riyadh in partnership with the Turquoise Mountain Foundation (TMF), a non-profit, non-governmental organization run under the patronage of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.
Majed Al-Sheddi, director general of media relations at the SCTH, told Arab News on Monday that the art and craft training mainly focused on the development of Al-Kharazah craft techniques and the trainees got the opportunity to learn some new techniques in this area. The trainees also learned the methods of product designing and product pricing with regard to quotations for a handicraft product.
The training program was executed by the TMF, he said. Notably, the Bari and the TMF had earlier signed an agreement to promote handicrafts in the Kingdom by supporting local artisans through the skill-based training to be provided by trainers from the foundation.
The cooperation agreement aimed at producing more handicrafts to be sold inside and outside the Kingdom, was signed at Al Ula during Prince Charles’ visit to the Kingdom in 2015.
The agreement aims to spur professional and scientific exchange for students, teachers and artisans between the TMF and Bari, as well as promoting mutual cooperation for the development of some of the heritage villages in the Kingdom.
As per the agreement, the two sides can select the targeted crafts for development in the Kingdom, providing required technical and professional support to a selected group of artisans, developing a number of profitable craft products for the retail market as souvenirs for hotels as well as establishing an exhibition to display live models of Islamic art, traditions and crafts.
TMF was founded in 2006 at the initiative of Prince Charles with the aim of preserving and regenerating historic areas and communities with a rich cultural heritage as well as reviving traditional arts and crafts, to create jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride.


Saudi Arabia's aid agency funds hospital in Syria with medical supplies

The project has been signed with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations. (SPA)
Updated 20 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia's aid agency funds hospital in Syria with medical supplies

  • Al-Moallem said KSRelief had also extended the duration of two of its existing WASH projects, which he said were to ensure potable water supply and hygiene to help in maintaining health and preventing disease

RIYADH: Stepping up humanitarian efforts in Syria, the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) signed a health project to ensure uninterrupted medical service in the war-torn country by providing funds and medical supplies for Bab Al-Hawa Hospital, and also extended water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects to help the people.
Director for Health and the Environmental Aid Department at KSRelief, Dr. Abdullah Saleh Al-Moallem, told Arab News on Monday: “KSRelief signed the health services support project for Bab Al-Hawa Hospital, which is the biggest hospital in northern Syria.
“The health service project’s cost is $3.528 million and will serve about a million people.”
He added that the project agreement is for one year and includes all operations for the hospital by meeting expenses including salaries and providing medical supplies including equipment to ensure uninterrupted medical service to the people.
The project has been signed with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), which is an implementing partner, he said.
Al-Moallem added that Bab Al-Hawa is a specialized hospital, the flagship of health care in northern Syria, and the hospital staff provide much-needed health care in the war-hit country.

Specialized services
Some of its specialized services include cardiology, pediatrics, gynecology and surgeries including neurological surgery, he added.
The hospital also boasts a state-of-the-art training center, where a wide variety of medical and other health care-related courses are run to develop the skills and knowledge of all health care staff in the hospital itself, as well as in the wider health care community.
The hospital is operated under the auspices of UOSSM. Al-Moallem said KSRelief had also extended the duration of two of its existing WASH projects, which he said were to ensure potable water supply and hygiene to help in maintaining health and preventing disease.
One project is to rehabilitate water supply and solid waste management systems, and another aims to improve the sustainable provision of water to the facility, he said, adding that the combined costs for both projects are to the tune of $2.45 million.
As KSRelief remains committed to providing aid to the Syrian people at all levels, the team from the Center also reviewed various ways to expand support for its projects to support Syrian IDPs (internally Displaced people) and refugees in neighboring countries.