KSRelief joins work session at UN Forum on sustainable development in New York

Updated 16 July 2018
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KSRelief joins work session at UN Forum on sustainable development in New York

NEW YORK: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) participated in a high-level political forum on sustainable development in a session entitled “Saudi Aid Platform” in New York at the United Nations.
Assistant General Supervisor of KSRelief Center for Planning and Development Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi briefed a summary on the Saudi aid platform, saying that it is an electronic platform built through a team of statisticians and IT experts working in archiving and documenting the humanitarian and development projects.
He said that the center’s work amounted to 439 projects implemented through 124 partners in the amount of $1,826,962,993 in various sectors, pointing out that the Kingdom is the top humanitarian donor for Yemen in 2018, according to a recent report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
He spoke about the new humanitarian project “Masam” to dismantle mines in Yemen, which pose dangers to civilians as the Houthis plant them near residential areas, killing thousands and causing permanent disabilities to many others.
Al-Ghamdi went on to review the electronic platform for Saudi aid, created by IT experts via the KSRelief and launched under the patronage of King Salman. Donor groups in Saudi Arabia were trained to document their humanitarian projects on the portal. The first phase of the project documents activities between 2007 to 2017, while the second focuses on all activities from 1996 to 2006 and the third stage is concerned with activities before 1995.
The center, alongside relevant state institutions, have completed the monitoring of the first phase in both fts and dac oecd. It showed that during the first phase, an amount of 33.29 billion dollars were spent as 1196 projects in 78 countries were carried out, while the number of contributions reached 489 with a total amount of USD 929,711,258.


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.