Instagram helps Saudi volunteers to clean up in Jeddah

Instagram helps Saudi volunteers to clean up in Jeddah
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Student Lama Jamjoom used Instagram to introduce her ideas about cleaning up her city and started Cleanup Jeddah as a graduation project. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
Instagram helps Saudi volunteers to clean up in Jeddah
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Student Lama Jamjoom used Instagram to introduce her ideas about cleaning up her city and started Cleanup Jeddah as a graduation project. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
Instagram helps Saudi volunteers to clean up in Jeddah
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Student Lama Jamjoom used Instagram to introduce her ideas about cleaning up her city and started Cleanup Jeddah as a graduation project. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
Instagram helps Saudi volunteers to clean up in Jeddah
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Student Lama Jamjoom used Instagram to introduce her ideas about cleaning up her city and started Cleanup Jeddah as a graduation project. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
Instagram helps Saudi volunteers to clean up in Jeddah
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Student Lama Jamjoom used Instagram to introduce her ideas about cleaning up her city and started Cleanup Jeddah as a graduation project. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Student Lama Jamjoom used Instagram to introduce her ideas about cleaning up her city and started Cleanup Jeddah as a graduation project. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 25 February 2020

Instagram helps Saudi volunteers to clean up in Jeddah

Instagram helps Saudi volunteers to clean up in Jeddah
  • First target for Cleanup Jeddah was a plot in Jeddah’s Muhammadiyah district
  • The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan seeks to safeguard the environment by increasing the efficiency of waste management

JEDDAH: Student Lama Jamjoom wanted people to change the way they treated the environment, as well as putting an end to the Kingdom’s littering culture.

But she was bothered by the lack of initiatives as well as the lack of information on social media about opportunities to roll her sleeves up and get stuck in. So she used Instagram to introduce her ideas and started Cleanup Jeddah as a graduation project, although she did not expect the level of interest she received. 

“It is not your litter, it is your planet. You have to take responsibility,” she told Arab News. “I felt like we needed an account that would spread awareness and be active with frequent events so I started this account and it just blew up.”

The Instagram account @cleanupcommunity_jed has 279 followers and around 30 people have volunteered in the fledgling initiative. She realized there were others like her, people who did not have the right tools to put their ideas into practice.

Shahad Jaber, who is 25, learned about Cleanup Jeddah through the “power” of social media. “I decided to participate because we have to do something for this planet," she told Arab News. "It is the only planet we will ever live on.” She urged people to dispose of their garbage correctly rather than leaving it on the street, telling them not to be lazy.

The first target for Cleanup Jeddah was a plot in Jeddah’s Muhammadiyah district. The goal of Jamjoom and her fellow volunteers was to clean it up and rid it of rotting garbage. They wore hi-vis vests and face masks to protect them from dust and debris as they went around the site picking up rubbish by hand. By the evening the group had filled 43 trash bags with waste. 

Shahad Babtain, a 19-year-old student, found out about Jamjoom’s project through mutual friends. “We admired her efforts as we are also seniors and we have all gone through the struggle of personal projects so what she is doing is great,” she told Arab News. “I participated in the first event and it is always an honor to be volunteering for such a great cause.”

The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan seeks to safeguard the environment by increasing the efficiency of waste management, establishing comprehensive recycling projects, reducing all types of pollution and fighting desertification. It says preserving the environment and natural resources fulfilled people’s Islamic, human and moral duties. Preservation was also a responsibility to future generations and essential to the quality of life, it adds.

“This isn’t a situation where adults are forcing you to clean up after yourself ... The adults are the ones throwing garbage and we are cleaning up after them,” Cleanup Jeddah volunteer and student Ghala Al-Hajri said about the Muhammadiyah blitz. “At the beginning, I thought I would be quite tired but instead it was a lot of fun to be with your friends and to actually have a feeling that you are doing good for your community.” 

Jamjoom wanted the project to be successful enough to influence other people and eventually get the government support they needed as a group. She said she always heard people saying that it was not their garbage so why should they pick it up. “But in the end, the garbage is harming our home.”


Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief, Moroccan envoy discuss cooperation

Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief, Moroccan envoy discuss cooperation
Updated 26 February 2021

Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief, Moroccan envoy discuss cooperation

Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief, Moroccan envoy discuss cooperation

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, on Thursday received the Moroccan ambassador to Saudi Arabia and OIC permanent representative, Dr. Mustafa Al-Mansouri.
The envoy signed the statute of the Islamic Organization for Food Security on behalf of his country and discussed with Al-Othaimeen ways to further strengthen cooperation between the OIC and Morocco. Al-Othaimeen praised Morocco’s leading role within the organization and in joint Islamic action.


Who’s Who: Dr. Mahmoud Al-Yamany, executive president of Second Health Cluster

Who’s Who: Dr. Mahmoud Al-Yamany, executive president of Second Health Cluster
Updated 26 February 2021

Who’s Who: Dr. Mahmoud Al-Yamany, executive president of Second Health Cluster

Who’s Who: Dr. Mahmoud Al-Yamany, executive president of Second Health Cluster

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Yamany is the executive president of a group of Saudi healthcare facilities known as the Second Health Cluster. It includes King Fahd Medical City, Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Hospital, King Saud Hospital for Chest Diseases, Al-Yamamah Hospital, and a group of primary healthcare centers in northeastern Riyadh.
Al-Yamany has also served as director of the National Neuroscience Institute, chairman of the board of directors of the Scientific Committee for Neurosurgery, medical director of neurology and head of the department of neurosurgery, both at King Fahd Medical City, and as a consultant of neurosurgery at the Riyadh Medical Complex.
He sat as chairman of the accreditation committee for health promotion at King Fahd Medical City, was a consultant of neurosurgery at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, and was an honorary professor of assistant clinical neurosurgery at King Saud University.
In addition, he held the positions of assistant executive director of medical departments and deputy executive director for medical affairs at King Fahd Medical City.
He is a representative of Saudi Arabia and an examiner on the Arab Board of Neurosurgery, and an executive partner of the Qimam Fellowship, which provides its fellows with one-on-one mentorship from senior public and private sector leaders.
Al-Yamany gained master’s degrees in health administration, and health management from Washington University, bachelor’s degrees in medicine, and surgery from King Saud University’s college of medicine in Riyadh.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and US President Biden discuss regional security

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and US President Biden discuss regional security
Updated 26 February 2021

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and US President Biden discuss regional security

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and US President Biden discuss regional security
  • The talks dealt with ‘the most important issues in the region’
  • They discussed Iran’s destabilizing behavior and ending the war in Yemen

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and US President Joe Biden discussed regional and global stability during a phone call on Thursday.
The two leaders stressed the importance of strengthening the partnership between the two countries and the depth of their historical relations, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
During the call, King Salman congratulated Biden on taking office last month.
The talks dealt with the most important issues in the region and reviewed developments of common interest, the report said.
The two sides discussed Iran’s behavior in the region, its destabilizing activities and its support for terrorist groups.
“King Salman thanked the US president for Washington’s commitment to defend the Kingdom against any threats and his assurance that Iran would not be allowed to possess nuclear weapons,” SPA said.
Biden commended the Kingdom’s support for UN efforts to reach a truce and a cease-fire in Yemen.
King Salman said the Kingdom was keen to reach a comprehensive political solution in Yemen and to achieve security and development for the Yemeni people.
A statement from the White House said the US president told King Salman he would work to make the bilateral relationship as strong and transparent as possible.


SAF improving lives of autistic children in Saudi Arabia for years

SAF improving lives of autistic children in Saudi Arabia for years
Updated 26 February 2021

SAF improving lives of autistic children in Saudi Arabia for years

SAF improving lives of autistic children in Saudi Arabia for years
  • Arab News spoke to Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Farhan Al-Saud, SAF’s chairman, to discover more about the charity’s efforts since its launch in 2009

JEDDAH: The Saudi-based Charitable Society of Autism Families (SAF) has been assisting families with autistic children and pushing for greater community inclusion for more than 10 years now. But while awareness of autism in the region has improved in that time, there remains a stigma around and lack of understanding of the condition in the Kingdom.

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a person’s ability to communicate or socialize with others. It can lead to a variety of seemingly anti-social behaviors, including a lack of desire to interact with other people, displays of apparent hostility, avoidance of eye contact, repetitive patterns of behavior, and more.

Arab News spoke to Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Farhan Al-Saud, SAF’s chairman, to discover more about the charity’s efforts since its launch in 2009.

“With the right health care and resources, combined with family support, some of the children on the spectrum can gain the necessary skills to lead a ‘normal’ life and, in some cases, demonstrate special talents and capabilities not common in the wider population,” Prince Saud said. “We see many inspiring examples in our society and we regularly showcase these success stories.”

Autism is commonly diagnosed by the age of three and is more prevalent in males than females. The first studies of autism appeared in the 1960s, but less-severe varieties of autism were not identified until the 1980’s. Today, three types of ASD have been identified — each with specific characteristics that help doctors diagnose patients. They are autistic disorder, also known as classic autism; Asperger syndrome; and pervasive developmental disorders, also known as atypical autism.

Prince Saud said it is difficult to produce an accurate estimate of how many people in the Kingdom have ASD, due to the lack of sufficient studies. “However, according to the US CDC, 1 in 54 children — across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups — has been identified with ASD, meaning an approximate 1-2 percent of the global population is on the spectrum,” he said “This percentage might be applicable to the Kingdom.”

One of SAF’s most-common methods of raising awareness is through its series of public seminars, but it has recently also become more active on social media, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from its campaigning work, the society also helps arrange the provision of services including rehabilitation, educational development, guidance and assistance from other organizations for the families it supports, as well as a range of online offerings, including consultations, lectures and workshops, and rehabilitation services.

“We will continue our efforts to create a welcoming community in which autism is well understood so that those on the spectrum and their families can get the support they need,” Prince Saud said.

 


Saudi Arabia is a critical partner: US Yemen envoy

Saudi Arabia is a critical partner: US Yemen envoy
Updated 26 February 2021

Saudi Arabia is a critical partner: US Yemen envoy

Saudi Arabia is a critical partner: US Yemen envoy
  • Prince Khalid and Lenderking discussed diplomatic efforts and Saudi Arabia’s commitment to finding a solution to the conflict and supporting Yemenis

LONDON: Saudi Arabia is a critical partner of the US, the country’s envoy to Yemen said on Thursday in talks about resolving the conflict.

“The US recognizes the conflict in Yemen cannot be resolved without Saudi support,” Timothy Lenderking said after a meeting with the Kingdom’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman.

Prince Khalid and Lenderking also discussed diplomatic efforts and Saudi Arabia’s commitment to finding a solution to the conflict and supporting Yemenis.