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MoU signed between the Saudi Public Campaign, UNICEF Gulf Area Office

JEDDAH, 10 July 2007 - A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Saudi Public Campaign for the Assistance of Pakistan Earthquake Victims represented by Said Al-Arabi Al Harthy Advisor to HRH Minister of Interior and Head of the Campaign and UNICEF Gulf Area Office represented by Dr. Ayman A. Abu Laban for a total amount of $2 million. The aim of this understanding is to provide support to the vulnerable children who suffer the most from the disastrous earthquake that hit Pakistan in the eighth of October 2005, and to respond to their health and nutritional demands by constructing health facilities.

Al Harthy stressed that, “we have had a series of cooperation agreements with UNICEF with a total amount of 30 million Saudi Riyals to benefit the children of the world.”

On behalf of UNICEF, Ayman A. Abu Laban expressed his sincere thanks to His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, to the Crown Prince HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, to the Saudi Minister of Interior and Head of the Saudi Public Campaign HRH Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz and to the Saudi nation for the generous donation provided to the children of the world through UNICEF. He added that, “this support is not the first of its kind, UNICEF has been granted with earlier gestures from HRH Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz, in recognition of Saudi Arabia being “the Kingdom of Humanity.”

This donation will be used to construct eight high-quality health facilities in addition to the associated domiciles and all the necessary equipments and supplies. They will be handed over upon completion to the concerned agency in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan within 18 months of signing this memorandum which defines roles and accountabilities of partners, details projects/activities together with timeline and budget.

It is worth mentioning that this donation is the outcome of a Saudi campaign that was launched following a decree from His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in response to a flash appeal from UNICEF to support the children and women who were grieved by the earthquake.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information please contact: 

Esmaeil El-Azhari Ibrahim, Programme Officer, UNICEF Gulf Area
Tel: +966-1-488-1705, eibrahim@unicef.org




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