Saudi volunteer foundation breaks Guinness record, bringing Eid joy to families in need

Ehtiwa seeks to bring smiles to the faces of needy families. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 06 June 2019
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Saudi volunteer foundation breaks Guinness record, bringing Eid joy to families in need

  • Ehtiwa has launched over 70 charitable campaign in 8 years, with over 2,000 volunteers helping
  • Over half-a-million items were collected within 10 days this year

JEDDAH: Ehtiwa, a Saudi volunteer foundation, broke the Guinness World Record for the number of clothes collected during the recently concluded Ramadan, it has been revealed. 

The campaign, called “Keswat Farah,” was launched in Riyadh and the Eastern Province for the eighth year in a row, and broke the record on May 28.  A group of nearly 2,000 volunteers collected over 500,000 pieces of clothes donated by members of the public.

The clothes were then classified, cleaned, prepared and packaged, before being sent to the “Keswat Farah” showroom for visitors to collect in a private, dignified space.

“Families are not given pre-selected items, they can go ‘shopping’ and choose what they like,” Ashwag Al-Nashwan, head of media and marketing for Ehtiwa, told Arab News.

Speaking of the campaign’s role and concept, Al-Nashwan added: “One of our missions is to ensure that families in need are treated with dignity and respect. Seeing smiles on families’ faces is the greatest reward our organization and strong community of volunteers can ever receive.”

Ehtiwa seeks to promote the spirit of volunteering and the values of giving, compassion, cooperation and empathy in Saudi society, as part of Saudi Vision 2030. The campaign had set a goal of collecting over 500,000 items for 2,700 families in need, and in meeting its target, succeeded in breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of clothes collected for donation.

The 2,000 volunteers who participated were mostly women, with over 200,000 working hours spent on the campaign.

 

 

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Keswat Farah

The word is an Arabic word referring to the action of buying or giving new clothes at Eid Al-Fitr to family members or to those in need, and the word "farah" means "happy".


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.