Charity House aids 6,000 poor families in Jeddah

Charity House aids 6,000 poor families in Jeddah
Updated 01 September 2013

Charity House aids 6,000 poor families in Jeddah

Charity House aids 6,000 poor families in Jeddah

More than 6,000 poor families in Jeddah received cash and material aid during Ramadan, according to Sheikh Faisal Al-Hamid, director general of Charity House in Jeddah.
Most beneficiaries received financial assistance, while others received home appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, basic kitchen utensils and other household items.
Al-Hamid said the organization provided the service according to the needs of each family. He said 80 percent of aid was distributed to Saudi families.
The majority of poor families who received aid reside in the Gholail, Kilo 14, the Breman area and neighborhoods in north Jeddah such as Al-Rabowa. Other beneficiaries were residents of downtown neighborhoods, such as Bani Malik, Al-Sahifa, Al-Baghdadiya and Al-Ruwais.
Most of the families live in slums and old houses. They have no access to the basic necessities of life.
The Department of Social Research of the Charity Repository, which aims to reach out to poor families in Jeddah, conducts research to identify the needy families that should benefit from the warehouse projects and services, he added.
Al-Hamid said the officials of seven committees are involved in the process of determining needy families in the various districts of Jeddah. Each committee consists of sociologists and researchers who visit families periodically in order to recognize their needs and ensure those needs are met.
During the past Ramadan season, the number of needy families exceeded 6,000, he added.
Khaled Al-Taifi, a Saudi citizen and father of four, says his family is one of the families that benefited from the services of Charity House during Ramadan.
Al-Taifi, 55 and retired, lives in Gholail at one of the popular housing complexes with the most basic necessities.
As a recipient of the aid, he expressed his thanks and appreciation to those in charge of the organization. “I cannot describe to you my joy and the joy of my family for Charity House’s financial assistance to the tune of SR5,000,” Al-Taifi said. “My family was in such dire need of this aid, in addition to the number of household appliances, all new, that we received.”
The visit by employees of the organization came as a surprise to Al-Taifi.
“While sitting at home after Asr prayer, somebody knocked on the door of my house and, upon opening, I found one person who introduced himself as a member of Charity House and the Department of Social Research,” he said.
The visitor took a tour of the house in order to better understand its condition
“I hesitated at first, but when he insisted that he wanted to help us, I allowed him to enter,” Al-Taifi said. “He then carried out the official registration of all our data and I explained to him how bad our living condition was. He immediately noted the poor situation of the household appliances in my house and I explained to him that I do not have enough money to repair or buy new ones.”
Al-Taifi was assured that he would receive another visit by members of the organization a week later, but was surprised to find the aid delivered earlier than that.