Seventy-six years of development and humanitarian initiatives, which started in the 1940s and formalized in 2003, represent the role of Community Jameel Saudi today in reinforcing the advancement of Saudi society. The foundation has now set forward an ambitious new strategy that focuses on five key development areas. Espousing the slogan “Innovate for a better future,” the key areas of competency development, entrepreneur advancement, women’s empowerment, community well-being, climate change and humanitarian initiatives intersect in a series of innovating programs that aim to provide job opportunities to the nation’s youth and women. They aim to contribute to finding new ways to provide a better life for society members, thus maintaining the economy and industry prosperity.
Mohammed Jameel, chairman of Community Jameel, said: “We are always keen to ensure that the initiatives implemented by Community Jameel Saudi are in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and based on data and research, all while adopting innovative solutions, employing the latest technologies, and targeting youth and continuous development. A specialized team known for its efficient management oversees the work of the foundation. The team works on developing an integrated system that can analyze any obstacles facing specific segments or groups within Saudi society and propose appropriate solutions for the medium and long-term.”
Community Jameel is currently celebrating the 76th anniversary of the launch of its charitable activities. Since 1992, Community Jameel Saudi has been keen to create a healthy and safe community by establishing the King Salman Center for Disability Research in Riyadh and the Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital in Jeddah in 1997. Community Jameel Saudi initiatives have positively contributed to community healthcare through its many health campaigns.
To support entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises, it also started to provide loans to productive families and owners of small enterprises in 2003. In 2018, Bab Rizq Jameel launched the first licensed microfinance company in Saudi Arabia, while Bab Rizq Jameel Services launched its platform to provide technical support to entrepreneurs to supplement them with knowledge, tools and the latest technologies to achieve more success in their business. In 2015, the MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Startup Competition was launched in the Kingdom to support and develop startups. These initiatives have contributed to providing job opportunities for many segments of society and revived economic sectors that have effectively contributed to enhancing the Kingdom’s economy.
Noting the paramount role of women in the Saudi community, Nafisa Shams Academy for Arts and Crafts offers an array of training and rehabilitation programs that aim to hone women’s skills in sewing, fashion design, cooking, photography, carpetmaking and secretarial work.
Since its inception, Community Jameel Saudi has sought to provide training to develop human resource skills required by the labor market through partnerships and initiatives with the Bab Rizq Jameel Recruitment and Injaz Saudi program, in addition to organizing the Comedy Jameel competition and the Tanweer Jameel program.
Moreover, Community Jameel Saudi launched several humanitarian and social initiatives in cooperation with Himam Jameel.