ARAFAT: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that it has reactivated the “Be a Helper” volunteering program again after its two-year hiatus, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and set the program’s operational plan for Hajj.
The ministry has identified several specialized tracks for volunteers that meet the needs of pilgrims, including hospitality, health and emergency services, water provision, translation and guidance, providing assistance to the elderly, reducing food waste and administrative support.
The ministry provided rehabilitation and development courses for volunteers by holding special camps for both genders with integrated services, including housing and transportation.
The number of volunteers of the “Be a Helper” program during this year’s Hajj season is more than 3,000. They are divided into groups that work around the clock to provide assistance to pilgrims in all areas of the holy sites.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance launched a voluntary initiative aimed at distributing 150,000 bottles of cold water to pilgrims.
More than 100,000 bottles were distributed to pilgrims after their arrival at Namirah Mosque in Arafat to perform Dhuhr and Asr prayers, in addition to 50,000 bottles given out in Muzdalifah, the pilgrims’ next station.
The voluntary initiative comes within the framework of the ministry’s aim provide the best services to pilgrims.