Program launched to empower young Saudis in nonprofit sector

The program will change the perception of young generation about the nonprofit sector in line with Vision 2030. (AN photo)
Updated 13 January 2019
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Program launched to empower young Saudis in nonprofit sector

  • “The partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will change our view of the nonprofit sector in line with Vision 2030 project,” Princess Banderi bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal said

JEDDAH: The second Saudi Philanthropic Fellowship program, organized in tandem with the King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was launched on Saturday at the KKF’s headquarters.
Called Shaghaf, meaning “passion,” the program will aim to attract young Saudis curious about careers in the nonprofit sector by providing information, improving its image, and organizing international training and experience.
Shaghaf will run for 16 months, and include intensive lessons in the management of nonprofit organizations at Columbia Business School, as well as visits to various non-profit organizations based in New York.
Monthly orientation and vocational guidance sessions will also take place, in addition to quarterly developmental workshops.
Princess Banderi bint Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, director general of the KKF, said. “The partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will change our view of the nonprofit sector in line with Vision 2030 project,” she said.
Work is scheduled to start between participants and nine nonprofit organizations in January 2019, including the Society of Majid bin Abdul Aziz for Development and Social Services, Ghadan Consulting and Capacity Building, the Salem bin Mahfouz Foundation, and the Zahra Association.
The Wareef Charity, Tasamy for Social Entrepreneurship, Mawaddah Women’s Charity for Reduction of Divorce, Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women, and Al-Ahsa’s King Khalid Foundation for People with Disabilities will also take part.


Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

The marketing plan of the village has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 January 2019
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Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

  • “Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” Suzan Eskander said

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries.
The global village will be set up inside Atallah Happy Land Park along the city’s famous waterfront every day from 5 p.m. to midnight between Feb. 28 and March 29.
The event is one of many aiming to enhance tourism, as well as the local economy.
Suzan Eskander, director-general of International Image, the organizing company, told Arab News that the village is expected to attract 1 million visitors.
“Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” she said.
“There will be pavilions for participants from five Gulf Cooperation Council states, 10 Arab countries, 18 African countries, 10 European countries and four countries from the Americas.”
She added that folkloric dances would be performed by bands from each country.
“Performers will be dressed in traditional costumes,” she said. “Visitors can also enjoy dishes and traditional products from different countries.”
Eskander also said paintings portraying heritage and culture in the different countries would be on display.
“In addition, we are hopeful that the children’s zone will wow young visitors,” she said. “Little guests can develop their skills in drawing and games, as well as play zones.”
Eskander said the village was timed to coincide with the city’s good weather season, adding that a marketing plan has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. Eskander expressed her gratitude to the General Entertainment Authority for their continued support and cooperation.
“They have not only provided us instructions for obtaining the festival’s license, but are still following up to ensure that everything is going smoothly,” she said.