KSRelief continues relief efforts in Hodeidah, Yemen

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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) launched a sewing course for the families of orphans as part of its ‘handcrafts’ project that the center is running in five provinces in Yemen. (SPA)
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) launched a sewing course for the families of orphans as part of its 'handcrafts' project that the center is running in five provinces in Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 09 September 2018
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KSRelief continues relief efforts in Hodeidah, Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is continuing its relentless humanitarian efforts to relieve the suffering of the Yemeni people in Hodeidah, affected by the humanitarian crisis caused by the Houthi militia.
During the period from Jun. 15 till Sept. 4, the center provided a number of services to citizens and those displaced, through its various relief and humanitarian programs.
The programs consisted of 11,279 food baskets that benefited 67,674 individuals, 21,621 kilograms of dates that reached 129,726 people.
The center also distributed various accommodation materials, including 70 tents that aided 420 people, 1,620 blankets that were distributed to 1,620 people, and 140 rugs that benefited 420 people.
Over the past few months, the center also distributed 1,050 bags containing basic materials that helped 7,350 people, and 2,687 bags containing emergency items that benefiting 18.809 thousand individuals.;
The center announced that a total of 227,349 affected or displaced Yemenis from Hodeidah benefited from the aid.
The center is currently working on a project to improve water supply and environmental sanitation and nutrition and to set up mobile clinics to provide health care to the people of the governorate.
Yemen in general and the areas most in need in coordination with the offices of the United Nations humanitarian organizations and international organizations and the Yemeni government represented by the High Committee for Relief, and continuation of the humanitarian role carried out by the Kingdom through the Center for all governorates of Yemen without discrimination.
The projects fall in line with the directives of Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to direct aid to Yemen, particularly the areas most in need, in coordination with UN humanitarian bodies, international organizations and the Yemeni government, represented by the High Committee for Relief, to continue the Kingdom’s humanitarian role in indiscriminately aiding the Yemeni people via the center.
In addition to the Hodeidah projects, KSRelief has launched a sewing course for the families of orphans as part of its “handcrafts” project that the center is running in five provinces in Yemen.
Trainee Zeinab Omar was delighted with the training that the sewing course provided and said: “We did not have experience of using sewing machines but this course taught us a number of skills in this field.”
Another trainee, Huda Ahmed, pointed out that the course will benefit a number of trainees who will learn new skills, and these skills will help them to be independent in the future.
One of the course’s trainers, Samiha Ali, said there is a lot of interaction among trainees and they compete to learn basic skills.
She added that the trainees are very creative and eager to learn about the various stages of sewing such as cutting and tailoring and hemming garments.


Saudi Arabia’s Misk partners with UN on youth empowerment

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Saudi Arabia’s Misk partners with UN on youth empowerment

  • The Saudi-UN partnership aims to reach and mobilize about 50 million young people around the world in support of the sustainable development goals
  • Saudi Arabia has a big youth demographic, with 60 per cent of the country’s population under the age of 25
NEW YORK: Misk Foundation, the not-for-profit philanthropic organization set up by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has joined forces with the United Nations in a ground-breaking campaign to advance the cause of young people around the world.
The agreement was signed at a ceremony at the UN’s New York headquarters a day after UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres launched his own initiative to enlist young people in its strategy for global sustainable development.
The Saudi-UN partnership aims to reach and mobilize about 50 million young people around the world in support of the sustainable development goals (SDG), via a series of meetings and forums as part of the UN’s Strategy for Youth.
The UN’s SDG program is a set of targets for future development, ranging from the elimination of hunger and poverty, through education and gender equality, to action on climate change and energy. It coincides with Saudi Arabia’s own Vision 2030 strategy in many respects.
Misk is the first non-governmental organization to join the campaign. “Misk’s mission is to discover, develop and empower young people to become active participants in the knowledge economy both in Saudi Arabia and globally, through partnerships such as this,” said a joint statement from the Saudi organization and the UN.
“Under the initiatives, young people’s leadership, creativity and innovation skills will be harnessed to bolster their ability to be agents for positive change during the run-up to the fifth anniversary of the SDGs in 2020.
“Adding to the existing Young Leaders for the SDGs initiative, a ‘Youth Gateway’ central knowledge hub on SDGs is planned, including a platform to map existing initiatives and provide opportunities for engagement, aimed at motivating more young people to take action. Tools will be developed to measure and track global indicators on youth development and well-being,” the statement added.
Bader Alsaker, chairman of the board of the Misk Initiatives Centre, said: "The Misk Foundation is committed to helping as many young people around the world realize their potential in the future economy and to encourage active global citizenship. The strategic agreement that we are signing today shows our commitment to this mission.
“Partnering with the United Nations will greatly enhance its vital work around the world to help young people from all backgrounds to realize their potential and meet the SDGs,” he added.
Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN secretary-general’s envoy on youth, added: “This major contribution towards the UN Secretariat’s work on youth will be used to operationalize the new UN Strategy on Youth with a focus on advancing our collective efforts to support youth mobilization for the 2030 Agenda worldwide.
“It comes at crucial time, immediately after the public launch of the UN’s Youth Strategy, which shows the commitment and dedication of the Misk Foundation to supporting youth development globally,” she added.
Saudi Arabia has a big youth demographic, with 60 per cent of the country’s population under the age of 25. Many of the policies of the Vision 2030 strategy to reduce oil dependency focus on the need for more and better employment for young people.
According to a recent global poll for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, young people have a far more optimistic view of their own future, as well as that of their country, than older people. “Young people in these countries are more likely to believe they can affect the way their countries are governed and that their generation will have a more positive impact on the world than their parents' generation,” Gates found.
Sultan Al-Musallam, global ambassador of the Misk Foundation, told the UN: “The core belief held by youth, that our problems can only be solved together, in a way that is blind to race, religion or region, is also the bedrock of the UN.”