Al-Baha governor inaugurates orphan care group

Al-Baha governor inaugurates orphan care group
Prince Hussam bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Al-Baha region. (SPA)
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Updated 09 August 2020

Al-Baha governor inaugurates orphan care group

Al-Baha governor inaugurates orphan care group

AL-BAHA: Prince Hussam bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Al-Baha region, has inaugurated the Rafiq Association for Orphan Care in Al-Mikhwah to serve over 300 villages and sponsor more than 270 orphans.

The move came during a reception Prince Hussam held for Al-Mikhwah Gov. Naif bin Mohammed Al-Hazani; Saad Al-Omari, chairman of the Rafiq Association for Orphan Care; and board members.

Al-Omari said the association develops the capabilities of orphans so they can become active members of society, achieving sustainable development in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. He added that the association provides financial and moral support to orphans and their families, in addition to helping orphans enter the job market.

The association provides services to over 300 villages in Al-Mikhwah governorate, sponsors over 270 orphans and widows, and provides them with social, educational and health services.

Expenditures during the past year exceeded SR750,000 ($200,000), which was distributed through programs, including food provision, Eid clothing and sacrifice, in addition to operational expenses. Al-Omari reviewed Rafiq’s role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in partnership with the Al-Hussam Center for Humanitarian Services and Volunteer Work.

Following the reception, the governor praised the association’s efforts in serving orphans and widows in Al-Mikhwah, in light of support provided by the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program. (SPA)
Updated 24 January 2021

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities

Madinah joins world’s healthiest cities
  • The holy city gained World Health Organization accreditation after meeting all global standards

JEDDAH: The Saudi city of Madinah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities.
The holy city gained the accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the global standards required to be a healthy city.
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.
A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.
The city’s integrated program included a strategic partnership with Taibah University to record government requirements on an electronic platform for the organization’s review.
The WHO also recommended that the university provide training to other national city agencies interested in taking part in the healthy cities program.

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• Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.

• A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.

A committee chaired by the university’s president, Dr. Abdul Aziz Assarani, supervised 100 members representing the 22 government, civil, charity and volunteer agencies.
Criteria included meeting goals set by the Madinah Region Strategy Project and the launch of a “Humanizing Cities” program.
According to WHO, “a healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”