King Abdullah was known for rehab efforts

Updated 25 January 2015

King Abdullah was known for rehab efforts

The late King Abdullah’s rehabilitation efforts which were extended across the world are legendary and the people of various countries who benefitted from these efforts have expressed their profound gratitude to the late king.
Last year, King Abdullah donated $500 million to the UN relief efforts in Iraq for displaced Iraqis fleeing the conflict in their country, according to Ertharin Cousin, WFP executive director.
Of this amount, the World Food Program (WFP) received over $148 million as part of the king’s food rehabilitation efforts to fulfill the needs of the refugees. This funding continues to support vital work in Iraq in 2015.
In December 2014, as WPP struggled because of shortage of funding to meet the food needs of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, the king donated $104 million, including $52 million that allowed WPP to immediately distribute food vouchers so that Syrian refugees wouldn’t go hungry.
In Pakistan, his relief campaign for the Pakistani people has been working in all provinces to help mitigate the sufferings of people due to the floods. He provided a sum of $120,000 for various purposes that included the drilling of 100 boreholes and installation of water pumps, installation of 24 water purification plants in hospital, mosques in Punjab, and flood zones in Sind. This gigantic project benefited some 25,000 residents in the areas mentioned.
A memorandum was signed with the UNICEF amounting to $1.620 for the rehabilitation of 76 water supply schemes for clean drinking water which was completed in 10 districts of Baluchistan. The project benefits as many as 84,000 inhabitants in the affected areas.
King Abdullah donated $10 million in aid for rehabilitation efforts to the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines, the strongest ever recorded typhoon in history. Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago expressed his country’s gratitude for the ongoing rehabilitation efforts. “On behalf of President Benigno” Noynoy” Aquino lll and the Filipino people, especially those in the Kingdom and those in the affected areas, we thank King Abdullah for his generous contribution to the relief efforts,” he said.
Maria Amor, founding president of We Care for Humanity, an NGO, said, “Words cannot express my deepest gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the humanitarian aid which came at the right time.”
In Cameroon, he gave food donations to flood victims and for emergency relief cases, according to Ambassador Iya Tidjani. The envoy expressed thanks for assistance in the construction of the Yaounde Islamic Complex in the capital and the building of Garoua’s Morque in the North Region of the country.
King Abdullah also extended his rehabilitation efforts to Bangladesh with a donation of $100 million in the wake of cyclone Sidr which claimed 3,500 lives and was one of the most devastating cyclones to hit the country since 1876. Bangladesh undertook massive relief efforts and drew up short and long-term plans for the rehabilitation of the cyclone victims.

World boxing champ Amir Khan eyes Kingdom for new academy

Updated 52 min 3 sec ago

World boxing champ Amir Khan eyes Kingdom for new academy

  • The former boxing world champion said there were a lot of warriors in Saudi Arabia
  • Khan said he believes the Kingdom possesses a lot of talent

RIYADH: British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan wants to open a boxing academy in Saudi Arabia, and hopes the Kingdom will see rising stars become Olympic champions soon.

Speaking at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday, he said the only way to achieve this was by opening academies in the Kingdom.  

“I believe that there is so much talent in Saudi, but there aren’t many boxing clubs,” he said.

Speaking at the midday session of the forum in a session titled “What Defines Me,” Khan said he believed there was a reason Saudis are good boxers: “Maybe it is in their blood – they are warriors.”

The former world champion and Olympic medalist, arrived on stage at the event wearing traditional Saudi clothes, both the thobe and shomakh, and was interviewed by Lubna Al-Omair, the first Saudi female Olympic fencer.

Khan has a charitable foundation in his name that is dedicated to empowering disadvantaged young people globally.

“All around the world I build boxing academies, (including in) England, Pakistan,” he said. “It is a way to give back and help the less fortunate. We travel all around the world to help the poor, the youth ... in the future they will do the same.”

Khan credited his father for placing him in a boxing club. “When I was young, I was hyperactive, always misbehaving, and my father took me to the boxing club. Boxing gave me discipline.”  

And he credited fans for his motivation, explaining: “At 17 I became a household name and couldn’t walk the streets without people stopping me for a picture. People are looking up to me and wanting me to succeed, and that was my motivation.”

Khan said boxing helps develop self-discipline and emotional intelligence. “Boxing teaches you to be disciplined,” he said.

“What boxing teaches you is not to fight outside. If a fight is taking place, I walk away.”

Khan also had advice for athletes in training: “The harder you work in the gym, the easier it will be in the game,” he said.

And he added: “Work hard and never give up. I always like to work harder than my opponents.”