28 Dec 2019

Alwaleed Philanthropies and ISESCO launched the first Medical, Educational and Socio-Cultural Caravan

Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP), chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud, in partnership with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization "ISESCO", co-launched the 1st caravan for charity in an effort to reduce the anguish of deprivation among the citizens of Al-Joufah in the Southern Shouneh District in Jordan.

The Medical, Educational and Socio-cultural Caravan, which is the first in Asia, in collaboration with the Jordanian University, aims at supporting and alleviating the suffering of the residents of remote areas for a period of four days, and it targets 15.000 persons.

The Deputy Director General of the Islamic Organization "ISESCO", Dr. Amina Al-Hajri, stressed that the health affairs are one of the most important priorities of the organization's development policies that still face a problem between spending on the health sector and ensuring access to health services.

Al-Hajri noted that ISESCO, in collaboration with the Alwaleed Philanthropies since 2015, has adopted the "Medical, Educational and Socio-cultural Caravan" program directed to remote areas that lack healthcare opportunities, through caring for maternal and child health, providing medical devices and equipment, lectures on awareness-raising, and the distribution of resources to schools as well as maintenance facilities.

During its working days from 14 to 19 December 2019, ISESCO provided free medical consultations for the residents of Al-Joufah in gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, ENT, and other specialties. It carried out maintenance work for three schools: Al-Joufah Secondary Comprehensive School for Boys, Al-Joufah Comprehensive Secondary School for Girls, and Al-Joufah Elementary Mixed School, and equipped them with air-conditioning and special headphones for school broadcast, and donated basic materials to school education in addition to distributing winter clothes to all schoolchildren in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Caravan was participated by the Jordanian Ministry of Health, the National Committee, the University of Jordan (the National Program to link industry with academia - the FFF program), and the Directorate of Education and the Southern Shouneh District Administration.

During their visit to the region, Alwaleed Philanthropies team participated in the supervision and field participation in the project activities to ensure the progress of work in accordance with the highest levels of quality. Also they participated in the distribution of 15 wheelchairs to persons with reduced mobility, including children and adults.

During the closing ceremony, Reem Abu Khayal, the Assistant Manager of Public Relations and Media in Alwaleed Philanthropies, praised the great efforts made by the staff: “We started working together with ISESCO in activating the Medical, Social and Educational Caravan Project in 2015, and after the success of four courses in Morocco: Guelmim, Azilal, Al Hoceima and Errachidia and three in Sub-Saharan Africa: Dakar, Bamako and Abidjan, we, during these exciting moments, are celebrating the success of the eighth caravan and the achievement of its desired goals in the Joufah District.

This is the first caravan in Jordan but the eighth of both "ISESCO" and Alwaleed Philanthropies within the humanitarian program launched in 2015 with the aim of improving the living conditions of people in remote areas, and in the light of the contribution of cooperating parties, and the efforts made by ISESCO member states in the fields of health and education.

For more than 39 years, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and spent more than 4 billion dollars on social welfare and initiated more than 1000 projects in over 189 countries, managed by 10 Saudi female members, reaching more than 976 million beneficiaries around the world, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental, and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education. It seeks to build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant, and accepting world.