Riyadh - SPA
SDRPY, ALWALEED Philanthropies Sign Two Development Agreements in Yemen
The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) and ALWALEED Philanthropies Foundation signed today two development agreements, whereas one covers cooperation with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for supporting the housing sector in the Republic of Yemen (Adequate Housing), while the other deals with cooperation with Education for Employment aiming at implementing “Building the Future for Yemeni Youths” project.
The two agreements were co-signed by Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeid Al Jaber, who is also the General Supervisor of SDRPY and Princess Lamia bint Majed bin Abdulaziz, Secretary General of ALWALEED Philanthropies.
The signing ceremony was virtually attended by Yemeni Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Dr. Wa'ed Abdullah Badeeb, Yemeni Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al-Zaouri and Yemeni Minister of Public Works Mane Yasslam Bayameen.
Adequate Housing, the first project, aims to rehabilitate 600 dilapidated housing units for low-income families in Aden Governorate, in coordination with the Yemeni government and local authorities as well as civil society organizations. More than 600 families living in these housing units are classified below poverty line.
The studies conducted by the relevant parties affirm that more than 4,200 direct beneficiaries will take advantage of this project in addition to the improvement of the urban landscape of the residential districts as well as the stability of social and economic circumstances. More than 200 vocational training unemployed young individuals are set to be recruited in the project in addition to 1,600 new job opportunities on schedule during the period of implementation.
On the other hand, Building the Future for Yemeni Youths project, being implemented in coordination with the Yemeni government and local authorities,
aims to improve the livelihood of more than 660 Yemeni youth and their families in various directorates of Aden through achieving a living and economic balance on one hand and provision of job opportunities and training on the other.
During the co-signing of the two agreements between SDRPY and ALWALEED Philanthropies, Ambassador Al Jaber pointed out that Adequate Housing and Building Future for the Yemeni Youths projects are falling among development initiatives that are part of an ongoing work, of interest to SDRPY, in line with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince to back up development and stability, in Yemen, as these projects would contribute to creating job opportunities and realizing economic recovery, in Yemen.
For her part, Princess Lamia bint Majed indicated that a suitable house and other proper job opportunities are vital parts for the civil and socio-economic development, once well treated, and that a lot of benefits may, add to job opportunities growth and the stability of government as well as municipal administrations.
On the other hand, Yemeni Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Dr. Wa'ed Abdullah Badeeb has valued SDRPY endeavors to carry out these projects, on behalf of the Yemeni Government, reaffirming that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has proven to be an active partner who cooperates with Yemen, in all circumstances, pointing that SDRPY programs and initiatives contribute to transform the relief stage into a driving force for the development process.
Meanwhile, Maimuna Sharif, the Executive President of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) explained that such a partnership would consolidate participations of the UN Habitat, in Yemen, and empowering it to give a hand and support the needy categories, in Aden.
In addition, the Executive Director of the Education for Employment Andrew Bird said that his organization works since 2006 through a specific managing to link as many as 114,000 talented youth, offering them jobs or making them, at avail of the labor market.
SDRPY have carried out over 198 projects, in seven main sectors that provide beneficiaries with vital services such: health, education, energy, water, transport, agriculture, fisheries and building up of government institutions and implementing them, through adopting the best practices, in terms of development and reconstruction and intellectual pioneering, in the domain of sustainable development, in Yemen.