NGOs, businesses and charities from across the world are doing their own share of good by giving back to their communities in a time like this, whether it’s by raising funds, donations or spreading awareness regarding health guidelines.
Many organizations in the Kingdom are also doing their fair share of good, by dedicating their time, efforts and money to ensure the well-being of citizens.
Here are some of the big names contributing in fighting off the virus!
Samba Financial Group
The company donated about $4.5 million to the Ministry of Health’s Health Endowment Fund, in an attempt to provide the ministry with what it needs to fight the virus. The amount will go towards providing the medical equipment needed to limit and eventually end the spread of the virus.
Ensan Charity Organization
The Orphan Care organization has launched a website dedicated to people who would like to make donations online by purchasing a “protective basket” which contains masks, gloves and sanitizes.
Not all donations need to be financial, other entities including the likes of Jarir bookstore are providing some of their goods for free to those who can’t afford it. With schools and universities shut, students with low-income might not be able to access online lectures and so Jarir bookstores have made a commitment to provide 10,000 laptops via official charities that are supported by the Ministry of Human Resources.
Maryam Bint Hamed Al Mutairi
Maryam Bint Hamed Al Mutairi, owner of a taxi service business, is using her services to distribute sanitizes, gloves and masks, and delivering medicines to people in her town for free.
“It’s not the time to be thinking of profits. We have all benefited from the great bounty of our country, and it’s time to give back even a small part of what this country has given to us. There will be time enough to think of profit when all this is over.” She told Arab News.
It’s this time that we all need to stick together and we’re all contributing in stopping the virus by simply staying at home.
The Kingdom’s own Rania Nashar has made it to Forbes’ annual list of “The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women” and we can’t help but feel so much pride!
Nashar was ranked the 99th in the list that includes prominent names such as Angela Merkel, Kamaala Harris, Melinda Gates, Rihanna, & many other global female trailblazers.
Nashar is the first female to hold the position of CEO CEO of Saudi commercial bank, Samba Financial Group. She also made it to this ranking through her tremendous efforts in implementing changes that empower women of Saudi Arabia, all of which comes as part of the 2030 Vision.
Nashar has exceeded 20 years of experience in the field of commercial banking and has been inspiring young Saudi women to take on the challenge as well and break the glass ceiling and for that, we congratulate her.
The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has received the American Concrete Institute (ACI) award for concrete construction excellence.
The building, which is designed by Zahra Hadid Architects (ZHA), is one of the most well-known landmarks in Riyadh. It’s known for its unique architectural design.
The structure features an hexagonal honeycomb structure which stands out with hexagonal cell openings providing shade from the harsh sun. “ZHA projects have always been unique and creative in an unprecedented, nontraditional way. There’s no other structure like it in the entire world,” Saudi architect Mokhtar Al Shoaibi told Arab News.
The building is made of extremely complex steel, said Saudi architect Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi.
“The contractor working on the job must have gone through so much to install the joints and then apply the sheets over it and now it acts as a monument in the Kingdom,” he told Arab News.
It’s also worth mentioning that KAPSARC won the title of ‘smartest building’ in Saudi Arabia from the Honeywell Smart Building Awards program.
“I’m proud to see Saudis accomplish that. There are many more major projects coming up in the Kingdom as well, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll present,” Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi said.
Women of Saudi Arabia are claiming their rightful role in private and government sectors, as these sectors strive to hire qualified women in different fields.
According to the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technical Zones (MODON), the number of Saudi women taking part in the industrial cities it oversees has seen a significant increase by around120 percent, bringing the total number of female workers 17,000 by the end of March this year.
Khalid Al-Salem, director general of MODON, said that the authority “has come a long way” and still aims at encouraging the female participation in the industrial sector.
“These oases host clean industries such as medical and food industries, rubber and high-tech industries, as well as prefabricated factories supporting women entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises,” he said.
He said: “MODON seeks to support the productivity of women by providing an optimal environment for their work. Therefore, it signed a memorandum of understanding with a building development company to implement nursery and kindergarten programs in industrial cities and oases under the Ministry of Education’s guidance.” He added.
This strategy of activating the role of women in industrial development goes along with the Saudi Vision of 2020 that aim at enhancing women’s role in the Kingdom’s economy.