Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News
Published — Saturday 14 November 2009
Last Update 14 November 2009 3:00 am
RIYADH: The International Indian School in Riyadh (IISR) completed on Friday its annual two-day Food and Fun Fair aimed at raising cash to help students from low-income families.
The fair included about fifty food stalls as well as pavilions selling Indian products and garments. Children were entertained with magic shows, video games and fun rides. The fair ended with a raffle for a new car.
“The funds generated from this event will be diverted to help the deserving students to continue their education,” said IISR Chairman Imthias Ahmed. “This year we are having the fair for two days hoping to collect double the amount since we want to help more students who are in need of our help.”
Last year the IISR collected about SR100,000, of which 81 percent of the funds went directly to 120 families. The IISR is the largest international school in the Kingdom with more than 9,500 students enrolled; 60 percent of them are boys.
Every year, the school receives around 500 applications from parents seeking financial assistance.
Ahmed explained that requests for financial aid come from all types low-income parents, including those who recently lost their jobs or who have been hospitalized, as well as families who lost income due to a jailed relative.
“We have a competent panel to screen the applications, and the most deserving cases are given financial assistance to pay their children’s school fees for a term or two on a priority basis,” said Ahmed.
The IISR is the largest international school in the Kingdom with more than 9,500 students enrolled; 40 percent of them are girls.