Saudi Arabia helps Afghanistan, Yemen and Chad
RIYADH: Charitable organizations in Saudi Arabia are rushing to provide their services to beneficiaries through various means, especially during Ramadan.
While some foundations provide free medicine to people with chronic conditions, others seek to empower women in small and micro-enterprises, with one association launching a social investment company in March.
Medicine Charitable Society (Dawaa) in Makkah aims to provide needed medicines to around 3,000 poor and needy people during Ramadan, at a cost of nearly SR500,000 ($133,336).
Abdel Nasser Batouq, chairman of the company’s board of directors, said: “Currently the charitable foundation has five programs which include patients suffering from kidneys (problems), diabetes, digestive system (problems), brain and nerve (problems), hypertension and cardiovascular patients, and we work closely together to create a program for oncology patients.
The association recently launched a medicine delivery service to the homes of beneficiaries who are unable to come to its headquarters.
The Family Building Center (Jana), in cooperation with the National Agricultural Co., initiated the Natural Soap Program in Al-Jawf, which focused on training women to make natural soap according to specifications and high quality standards.
Mahmoud Alshami, CEO of Jana, described the results as marvelous, “as production volume exceeded market needs and household sales reached over SR40,000 per month.”
Jana is one of the programs of the Sulaiman Al-Rajhi Foundation for Development Finance, one of the charitable institutions affiliated with the Sulaiman Al-Rajhi Foundation, which is one of the largest endowments in the world.
The center has so far been able to support over 180,000 women through 21 center branches spread across the Kingdom, with an estimated cumulative loan portfolio of SR 1.8 billion, with a sustainability of over 99%.
The Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Subaie and Sons (Ghoroos) Charitable Foundation prioritizes the month of Ramadan in its work, as special preparations are made for it several months in advance, said the foundation’s secretary general, Abdul- Wahhab Al-Fayez.
The distribution of dates is part of the charitable programs that Ghoroos sets up annually, “because it is a strategic national product linked to the history and culture of Saudi Arabia.
“One of its economic resources, dates are one of the most important food sources and the main meals of the people of the region,” he explained.
Al-Fayez highlighted the diversity of the month of Ramadan, which extends to a number of charitable works, including preparing its mosques for worshipers and repentants, securing Ramadan baskets for families in their homes and the payment of certain debts under certain conditions.
Ghoroos established the Namaal Social Investment Co. in March 2022 and entered into several agreements, including one with the Red Sea Development Co., aimed at “promoting the agricultural sector in the Red Sea project area, providing various opportunities social and economic for the local community.