Saudi volunteer foundation breaks Guinness record, bringing Eid joy to families in need

Ehtiwa seeks to bring smiles to the faces of needy families. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 06 June 2019

Saudi volunteer foundation breaks Guinness record, bringing Eid joy to families in need

  • Ehtiwa has launched over 70 charitable campaign in 8 years, with over 2,000 volunteers helping
  • Over half-a-million items were collected within 10 days this year

JEDDAH: Ehtiwa, a Saudi volunteer foundation, broke the Guinness World Record for the number of clothes collected during the recently concluded Ramadan, it has been revealed. 

The campaign, called “Keswat Farah,” was launched in Riyadh and the Eastern Province for the eighth year in a row, and broke the record on May 28.  A group of nearly 2,000 volunteers collected over 500,000 pieces of clothes donated by members of the public.

The clothes were then classified, cleaned, prepared and packaged, before being sent to the “Keswat Farah” showroom for visitors to collect in a private, dignified space.

“Families are not given pre-selected items, they can go ‘shopping’ and choose what they like,” Ashwag Al-Nashwan, head of media and marketing for Ehtiwa, told Arab News.

Speaking of the campaign’s role and concept, Al-Nashwan added: “One of our missions is to ensure that families in need are treated with dignity and respect. Seeing smiles on families’ faces is the greatest reward our organization and strong community of volunteers can ever receive.”

Ehtiwa seeks to promote the spirit of volunteering and the values of giving, compassion, cooperation and empathy in Saudi society, as part of Saudi Vision 2030. The campaign had set a goal of collecting over 500,000 items for 2,700 families in need, and in meeting its target, succeeded in breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of clothes collected for donation.

The 2,000 volunteers who participated were mostly women, with over 200,000 working hours spent on the campaign.

 

 

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Keswat Farah

The word is an Arabic word referring to the action of buying or giving new clothes at Eid Al-Fitr to family members or to those in need, and the word "farah" means "happy".


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 18 August 2019

First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.