Prince Faisal launches program for orphans

Updated 09 July 2015

Prince Faisal launches program for orphans

MADINAH: Prince Faisal bin Salman, governor of Madinah and chairperson of the board of directors of the Takaful Welfare Society for Orphan Care in Madinah, has inaugurated a project to reconstruct houses of orphans.

According to the Takaful program, 195 residential units will be built for families of orphans in Madinah and its villages over a period three years and 300 houses will be repaired.
The project will cost around SR40 million. It is estimated that one unit will cost around SR180,000 for construction and SR20,000 for repairs.
The society announced the Madinah Al Munawwara Award for Social Responsibility under the auspices of Prince Faisal bin Salman.
The award aims to support best projects for orphans, encouraging social institutions and their people to serve orphans and support research to help them, besides honoring institutions and people for their welfare work toward orphans.
The prince announced SR1 million donation for the Takaful program. There were also other announcements of donations which brought the total to SR30.9 million.
The governor also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the National Commercial Bank for implementation of the Al-Ahli program for orphan care, and 1,001 orphans will benefit from SR13 million.
Prince Faisal thanked the businessmen and people for their support to the programs and the media campaign.
On behalf of the board of directors of the society, Abdul Mohsin Al-Harbi, secretary general of the society, lauded the role and support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to charity works.
He expressed his gratitude to the governor for his support to the noble cause. “Prince Faisal has always been a major supporter of welfare works in all areas.”
Al-Harbi also appreciated the people who have extended their support to the cause.
The welfare society takes care of more than 8,000 orphans, both boys and girls, and their mothers, including support for living, health and education.


Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

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Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its support for Afghanistan during a pledging conference for the war-torn nation. 
The event, co-hosted by Finland and the United Nations in Geneva, saw the US, the European Union and other donors pledge billions of dollars in funding for Afghanistan.
Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said the Kingdom has supported more than 35 projects in Afghanistan in various sectors, at a cost of more than $24m. 
The projects covered the humanitarian, health, education, water and food security fields. 
Al-Wasel said the Kingdom participated in all donor conferences held for Afghanistan out of its sense of responsibly towards Afghanistan and hopes for the country to achieve security and prosperity. 
He said the Kingdom believes that achieving stability in Afghanistan requires collective support through several steps, including conciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as well as the group’s commitment to renounce violence and engage in the political process. 
Countries like Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Canada stepped forward with hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of pledges for Afghanistan, after speeches from officials like Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.