REPUBLIC OF YEMEN
The Yemen Women Union
Executive Office Sana’a
M/S Members of the Technical and Consultation Committee
Concerned with reviewing all nomination application for Dubai International Award for Best Practices To Improve the Living Environment.
Please accept our best regards and wish you every success in performing your duties.You find please herewith enclosed the application submitted by The Yemen Women Union, Executive Office for taking part in Dubai International Award for Best Practices To Improve Living Environment , along with the relevant brochures, CDs and periodical publications issued by this Union in the following fields:
Facilitated loans and food safety.
Hoping that this application will get your attention.
Zahrieh Abbas Al-Iriyani
General Secretariat of Arab Women Union
Head of The Yemen Women Union
(Signed & stamped)
CHARITY COMMITTEE FOR ORPHANS CARE IN AL RIYADH
No. : 20496
Date : 9/3/1428 H.
Encl.: : 8
H. E. Secretary General
Dubai International Award
The Charity Committee For Orphans Care in Al Riyadh Area (INSAN), would like to express its best wishes of sound health and sincere regards.
I am pleased to inform you that this Society is an official charity body (working under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). The Association pledged to extend its various services for orphans’ care by offering most care aspects amongst which the education care.
The Association would like to participate in the nomination for Dubai International Award in the field of (Best Practices To Improve Living Environment) through proposing the idea of INSAN Electronic Cards Program. You find herewith enclosed a concise synopsis about the cards concept, in addition to some relevant photos and information.
We solicit God Almighty to bless your efforts aimed at promoting charitable endeavors on both individual and institutions domains.
Please accept my best regards and appreciation.
Saleh Bin Abdullah Al-Yousuf,
In The Name Of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
CHARITY COMMITTEE FOR ORPHANS CARE IN AL RIYADH (INSAN)
(INSAN) ELECTRONIC CARDS
Distinguished Service in the Field of Charity Works.
Application for Participation in
Dubai International Award For Best Practices To Improve Living Environment through Proposing the Idea of (INSAN) Electronic Cards Program To Improve the Orphans Living in Al Riyadh Area
The Charity Committee For Orphans Care in Al Riyadh Area (INSAN) has achieved many achievements and made good progress in the field of orphans care. Due to the importance of spreading and benefiting of the Society’s experience, we shall be pleased to take part in Dubai International Award for the best practices To Improve the living environment. Below, is a brief about this Society:
The Charity Society for Orphans Care in Al Riyadh Area (INSAN) has been working on providing all aspects of the material and moral care to orphans (and likewise) through using the best professional methods that contribute in nurturing the orphan since its birth until it will be capable of facing the real life.
The Society is specialized in extending care to Saudi orphans within Riyadh district.
The Society extends the (Social, material, educational and health) care to orphan.
The Society is distinguished by rehabilitating the orphan to be capable of facing the real life, in addition to providing job opportunities.
The Society is working on upgrading its services by using the best modern scientific and technical methods.
The Society has been working on realizing many objectives among which:
Instilling the principles of Islamic religion in orphans’ mind.
Providing variety of care to orphans.
Working on establishing and managing the accommodation programs, projects and centers.
Gradual progress in extending the service.
Providing distinguished services.
Instilling contentment and trust in the beneficiaries’ mind.
(INSAN) Electronic Cards:
The Society is nurturing orphans and providing them with all aspects of (Material, educational, health, pedagogical, psychological) care. Also, the Society is working hard to be distinguished in the manner of extending these services among which are the monthly expenses including the basic services of foodstuff, clothes and cash pocket money. Besides, the Society is striving to be an outstanding pioneer in the field of charitable activities beyond the traditional methods.
In the past, these expenses used to be given to families according to the traditional manner followed in distributing charities. The beneficiaries (families) used to be contacted in order to come personally to the charity society for getting the subsidies in kind. This method yielded many negative issues among which:
Financial expenses for the supply and purchase the appropriate commodities, in addition to the cost of transportation and storage.
Administrative expenses representing in the appointment of employees for getting the best-offered prices for commodities along with distributing them.
Cost of keeping and storing foodstuff, particularly the frozen foodstuff that must be kept in fridges, in addition to providing spacious warehouses.
Some of purchases did not satisfy the beneficiaries’ desire.
The physical, psychological and financial burden levied on beneficiaries, the most important of which was the psychological and pedagogical feeling that negative impact on families.
Therefore, the Society tried to go beyond this traditional way and to search for alternative methods. After studying the new ideas, the Society could develop an automotive outstanding system for handing over the periodical subsidies. Every family has been given three magnetic automatic cards that are rechargeable on monthly basis according to the number of family members. This idea contributed in respecting the families’ dignity while receiving the expenses. Moreover, this way helped in boosting the children’s personality. The cards have three categories: A cash card issued in cooperation with (Al-Rajehi Bank), foodstuff card issued in cooperation with (Al-Othaim Company), and the third one for the purchase of clothes in cooperation with (Al-Haram Company). Regarding that these cards are of the prepaid kind.
The three cards are as follows:
Al-Baraka Card: Which is recharged by 50 Riyals monthly for every beneficiary and paid in cash through the cash automatic teller machines belonging to Al-Rajehi Bank
Al-Haram Garments Card: Which is recharged by 50 Riyals monthly for every beneficiary for the purchase of clothes from Al-Haram Markets.
>Al-Othaim Card: Which is recharged by 150 Riyals monthly for every beneficiary for the purchase of foodstuff from Al-Othaim Foodstuff centers and markets.
DIFFICULTIES & OBSTACLES:
In the outset of applying the experience of providing the basic periodical subsidies through the automatic cards, the Society faced some difficulties in preparing beneficiaries to accept the idea with its modern technology, and the difficulty of teaching them how to use these cards, in addition to problems relevant to the manner of protecting the cards from damage or loss since the beneficiaries included senior mothers or illiterate people.
These difficulties were solved by adopting the following measures:
A manual was issued to every card user, which was published in (Tanweer) series for instructing the beneficiaries of the manner of use (Enclosed with the proposal).
A cover was provided for protecting the card from damage.
Families were enlightened through the familial forums and through the visits made by the social research teams for explaining the method of using the cards.
Answering the queries received by the Technical Department of the Head Office, in addition to the social service sections located in branches.
This experience yielded many positive aspects the most important of which are:
Respecting the beneficiaries’ dignity while receiving the expenses.
Promoting children’s personality.
Facilitating the extended services due to the distant locations of bodies providing these services.
Beneficiaries were accustomed to depend on themselves along with providing them with the freedom of choice.
Appointing the fully dedicated concerned employees for activating the Society’s supporting programs and services, as well as concentrating on the meaningful programs and activities.
Benefiting from the modern technologies and saving the Society’s and beneficiaries’ time and effor
Getting special discounts from the concerned companies according to agreed upon specific rates.
The Society is keen to spread its experience in general and this experiment in particular (Electronic Cards). Therefore, it proposed this idea to the bodies interested and concerned with the issue of orphans’ care during the first orphans’ forum arranged by the Society and sponsored by Sulaiman Al-Rajehi Charity Society held in Riyadh in 1428 H. . The Society has also welcomed many visitors willing to benefit from this experience, which was explained to them on the spot upon their visit to the Information Technology Section in the Head Office. We are looking forward to make our philanthropic society and societies as pioneers in this field as they are pioneers in the mission and objective.