Prince Alwaleed receives Commissioner General of UNRWA to discuss philanthropic issues
- Saudi Arabia: Monday, September 10 - 2012 at 16:33
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HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation-Global (Registered in Lebanon) received in his office in Riyadh Mr. Filippo Grandi, Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) who was accompanied by a delegation that included Mr. Peter Ford, Representative of the Commissioner General and Ms. Joumana Atwani, External Relations and Projects Officer.
The Meeting began as Mr. Filippo thanked Prince Alwaleed for giving him the opportunity to meet him. During the meeting, Mr. Filippo touched upon Prince Alwaleed's various donations and support through Alwaleed Foundation over the years to UNRWA Projects such as the Medical Training Programs (SR1,541,661) and Fuel Crisis & the Flash Floods in Gaza (SR337,500).
In conclusion to the meeting, Mr. Filippo thanked Prince Alwaleed and commended him on his efforts. In response, Prince Alwaleed said he will continue to support the urgent need for humanitarian assistance through Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation.
Prince Alwaleed maintains strong relations with Palestine through his humanitarian support. Prince Alwaleed had made many contributions to Palestine through Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, in 2009 he made a SR5m ($1.3m) donation to alleviate the suffering of many Palestinian victims in Gaza.
This assistance was provided through a committee officially designated by the Saudi Government to provide aid to the Palestinians in Gaza. Also, a donation of SR750,000 ($200,000) to UNRWA and the Organization of the Islamic Conference OIC in response to an appeal issued by both organizations to provide urgent requirements of food, fuel and cash for those in need in Gaza.
Moreover, he made a contribution of SR 3,500,000 to help establish a consulate building in Jeddah which is known by the Palestinian community as the 'consulate of Prince Alwaleed'. Prince Alwaleed had inaugurated the building in June 2005 and his contribution of SR3,750,000 had also helped to build a university adjacent to the consulate, for the Palestinian students, named 'Alquds University'.
HRH visited the Palestinian territories twice in the past 15?? years. He also has not hesitated to offer his support to the Palestinian people by making donations.
In 2000, Prince Alwaleed visited Gaza when he inaugurated the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Down Syndrome, operated by the Right to Live Society. In 1998, Prince Alwaleed had donated SR1.5m ($400,000) for the construction of the center, in addition to $1m for its operating costs, and donated SR5 million ($1.3m) in response to the call of HRH Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz (currently King Abdullah) for humanitarian support to the Palestinian people.
HRH had also donated SR2.4m ($635,000) to finance the completion of Fata Hospital for the rehabilitation of the disabled, which is under development by the Palestinian Center for Human Perseverance (Fata).
Fata is a nongovernmental, non profitable establishment and it was first established in 1999. Its main purpose is to offer medical services to devastated and poor families within the Palestinian community.
In addition to medical services, the center also offers cultural, educational, social, and psychological services to the public.
Prince Alwaleed's contributions are in line with his humanitarian initiative to assist people all over the world in time of tragedy.
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