Warif seeks to instill culture of volunteerism in Saudi youth

Warif seeks to instill culture of volunteerism in Saudi youth
Updated 03 January 2013

Warif seeks to instill culture of volunteerism in Saudi youth

Warif seeks to instill culture of volunteerism in Saudi youth

The Princess Al-Anood Center for Youth Development (Warif) plans to build a world-class culture of volunteerism to help develop the country. This is according to Hammam Nasser Jerid, head of the organization, who attended the 22nd International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) conference in London from Dec. 10 to 12.
The conference was entitled “Leading the Global Volunteer Community Together Tomorrow” and included the participation of 72 countries.
In a press release, Jerid stated that he represented the center with Othman Youssef Al-Huzaim, secretary-general of the Princess Al-Anood Philanthropic Foundation that runs Warif.
Jerid said their participation was aimed at identifying the best global practices in voluntary work programs and to attract institutional and scientific advisory competencies for the development of a culture of volunteering in the Kingdom.
A number of alliances with similar international organizations were established during the event. Al-Huzaim, who spoke at the event, said Warif, through its participation, was gaining international recognition for its work.
He said Warif was launched in March 2012. It is aimed at providing an opportunity for all volunteers to share and learn from international organizations.
Arab News reported in March that Warif was formed to help develop the country’s large youth sector. Statistics from the Ministry of Economy and Planning show that nearly 70 percent of the Saudi population are aged between 16 and 30.