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Karachi Biennale 2017


Right here in the city of Jeddah, we witnessed an art scene grow to fruition, and become a powerful part of the city’s mainstream culture. In the public arena, art has always been a part of daily life, thanks to the monumental sculptures strewn across the city. It isn’t always easy to bring art into the public realm, in regions rife with cultural and logistical challenges, but that hardship is what gives the art and the city its soul.

In another coastal city many miles east of Jeddah, where many of our international readers are from, an art biennale is bringing art back into the public arena. The venues for the Biennale are historic buildings, part of the city’s rich heritage, which get a new lease of life by being the axis of engagement for this city-wide event. The Karachi Biennale starts on the 22nd October and continues till the 5th November. We share with you the event highlights, and some striking images of the principal venues, as well as a public art project, Reel On Hai (The film is on), the likes of which we think every city in the world could use.

Karachi biennale theme: Witness 

“To witness something can be an involuntary act but to be a witness by choice alludes to participation and responsibility. Art, as a testament of its time, has always held significance, particularly in times when memory is heavily contested. Kundera, with his words ‘The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memories against forgetting’, puts the onus of creating testimonies for collective memory on eye witnesses and documenters.

The artists and art critics of our times are witness to a world brutalized by aggression and anxiety.  Their testimonies, be they personal or political, create a visual space of defiance.”

Detailed e-vite and full-day public programs to be posted on the Biennale’s website after the 15th October, 2017.
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Moving It For The Rohingya


The Rohingya people have been cruelly tormented by their home country, Myanmar. They have been fleeing Myanmar for years and live in impoverished, terrible conditions wherever they are. One tends to feel helpless when we see so much suffering far away, but now a much-awaited initiative has been launched by the Founder of Hope for Exceptional Needs and my good friend Dr. Uzma Raheem.

From the 19th September to 1st October you can now participate in a clothing drive for some of the Rohingya people settled in Hyderabad. Please drop off clothes, blankets, bedsheets, undergarments and socks at the locations mentioned below. Spread the word to your friends and your neighbours. Let’s work together to make this campaign a success!

For Jeddah Only

What you will pack in the cartons will not be clothing, it will be your Akhirah. Pack accordingly.

Clothing is the most visible and the most agonizing and obvious part of poverty. This campaign is meant to bring some relief to those Rohingyas undergoing genocide. Its also meant to bring dignity and some sense of normalcy to these poor displaced group.

“They are your brothers, give them to wear what you wear and give them to eat what you eat” Prophet Mohammed SAW

Keeping this wisdom and guidance in mind, we need to make sure of the following:

 No dirty, torn and unwashed clothing/undergarment/lingerie
No buttons missing please
No soleless and damaged shoes or shoes with heels
No brassiere with missing hooks and straps

♥️We appreciate and thank everyone who can wash and iron what they give. Let us give with respect and dignity.

The miracle of this life is that when we heal a vulnerable and fragile soul, our own soul heals.

Let us heal together.

📍NOTE-
collection drop off points only for material items. For funds please contact the assigned persons listed for the Khak e Taiba Trust.

An Evening in the Company of Nouman Ali Khan


Well-known and loved Islamic speaker Nouman Ali Khan was in Jeddah last week and spoke to a select audience at a local mosque in the run up to Ramadan. JB reader Zainab binte Shahid and Jeddah Blog writer Haris Ali were lucky to be present among the listeners, and they sent us their reviews of the event.

Eloquent and charismatic, Nouman Ali Khan.

Haris Ali

Being Nouman Ali Khan’s biggest fan (I graciously share this position with a several hundred million or so other Muslims), it felt surreal to walk into the lecture hall of the Islamic Education Foundation, and to see the Islamic Speaker in the flesh – in front of my eyes. It is difficult to explain; he surpassed my expectation in terms of his personality, sense of humour and warmth. Witnessing the Ustadh standing at the Mimbar, ready to deliver his speech on the topic of Ramadan, in my heart indeed, I felt I knew him personally.

His judiciously crafted words and the trustworthiness and sincerity in his voice was just the same as I had heard in his YouTube videos in my free time. After listening to his lectures online, I was so keen to understand and apply the concepts in my life, and to strengthen my Ibadah and Yaqeen.  I felt a greater insight into comprehending the meaningfulness of Allah Almighty’s words in the Qur’an, and the explanations of the Qur’anic stories were given so clearly and authentically, that any person would be keen to listen. These are the attributes that have lead a great many hearts young and old – to their settlement, in a world filled with so many unsettling questions.

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Nouman Ali Khan speaking to the gathering at the IEF Centre.

Soon into the talk I realized that throughout my run of listening to the Ustadh speak, I had always been so moved by his knowledge and eloquence in Islamic Principles, true Muslim character, and how the Muslim community in particular must act with each other and with those outside it.

He spoke particularly on the occasion, about giving proper Da’wah to non-Muslims, inviting them to Islam through justice and reason, as Islam was a gift to us by our Lord, the Creator, and so it is our duty to respectfully and honestly propagate the True Word of the Merciful Creator, the Eternal to those who are but lost and in a deep abyss of darkness. The Ustadh conveyed, that we need not have endless resources, but only the assurance in our hearts from the Lord, Most Merciful to truly convey the message. As he quoted the Prophet Moses in the Quran, faced with the difficult task of confronting the cruel and self-important tyrant, the Pharaoh:

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي

Rabb-ishrah li sadri, wa yassir li ‘amri, Wah-lul ‘uqdatam-min-li-saani, Yaf-qahuu qawlii

O my Lord! Open for me my chest (grant me self-confidence, contentment, and boldness); Ease my task for me; And remove the impediment from my speech, so they may understand what I say
[Surah Ta-Ha; 20:25-28]

It was indeed a wonderful speech Mashaa’Allah, from Nouman Ali Khan (may Allah grant him and his family Paradise), telling us not to solely focus on ourselves this coming Ramadan the most blessed month of the Qur’an’s revelation, but to spread the brilliant message of Islam, and that is not difficult to do so, as we are in desperate need to ask Allah to ‘open our chests’ and so our task shall be made easy for us Inshaa Allah.

Nouman Ali Khan, inspiring generations.

Zainab binte Shahid

Assalam O Alaikum. My dream, no our dream just came true!! Our Beloved Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan aka NAK was here in Jeddah, and by the grace of Allah I got a chance to visit one of his lectures. Approximately one thousand people attended the event and the whole crowd was excited; I even felt butterflies.

As for those who aren’t familiar with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan’s work, he is the founder, CEO And lead instructor at Bayyinah Institute, in Dallas.

He discussed topics regarding Ramadan, Dawah and our relationship with the Qur’an with the reference of Surah Taha and Surah Al-Kahf and their linguistic miracles.

He first told the story of Musa (a.s.) which is in Surah Taha. When Musa (a.s.) was sent to the Pharaoh to deliver the message of Allah (swt), Musa (a.s.) was worried that he would be unsuccessful due to the weight of the duty, but he took refuge in the vast grace of his Lord.

“(Moses) said: O my Lord! Expand me my breast;

   Ease my task for me;

   And remove the impediment from my speech.

   So they may understand what I say:” Surah Taha(25-28)

We learn from his story that we should always seek help from Allah in any difficult situation rather than seeking it from the people.

Ustadh Nouman also gave an example from our Prophet’s (saw) life. Princes used to come from Egypt to learn from the Prophet (saw). So when one came in to the Prophet’s congregation wearing those expensive clothing and jewels, seeing the poor people with torn clothes, he refused to sit with them, so Allah (swt) revealed to the Prophet (saw):

“And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect” Surah Al Kahf:28

He (swt) tells the Prophet (saw) not to even look at him and not to even turn his eyes and be with those who call upon their Lord.

Suppose if a man comes to your charity and gives you a big cheque to donate for a masjid, but says I don’t believe in zakat. You may think to yourself that if you engage in discussion with him to teach him about zakat, you won’t get the cheque. You might decide to set religion aside for ten minutes and and take the cheque and teach him later. But no, you can’t do that, not even temporarily. We should not choose the world over Allah. The lesson we learn from this is that we should not prefer worldly resources, rather use the Book of Allah as a resource and seek the company of the believers. Never to compromise Allah when it comes to worldly desires.

His suggestion on making Ramadan productive: choose a surah (chapter) of about 2-3 pages. Find a lecture on it online and recite it day by day and eventually you will start understanding it. By the end of Ramadan you will be one surah closer to Allah.

Everyone was given a free book “Basic Dawah 101” courtesy of the organisers, written by Ryan Fawzi Arab.

Ramadan Volunteering Food Distribution Program


volunteering in Ramadan

 Seeking to do good works this Ramadan?
 Wish to give back to the community?
 Looking to volunteer your time for a worthy cause?
 Are you a teen seeking to get involved in social programs? 
 Need community hours for High School graduation and University admissions?

Look no more!

Get Involved with Jeddah’s Premier Volunteering Program for Social Work. The International Community in Jeddah is currently recruiting teens to volunteer for food their Ramadan Food Distribution Program.

Who can participate?

 Adult
 Teens
 Minimum Age 13 years
 Males and females

Days and Times
 1st Ramadan to 30th Ramadan
 4:30 – 6:30 pm daily

Meeting Point
‣ Volunteers will be notified once they have registered.

Distribution Districts
‣ Volunteers will be dispatched in groups under the supervision of a team leader. There will be eight locations as follows: South of Jeddah, Ruwais, Ghulail, Karantina, Gurayat and Balad.

 Certificates to all International Community in Jeddah volunteers stating volunteering hours can be arranged upon request.

Contact Person
 Ally Durvesh: 0599998894

Summer Camp: Summer of Therapies


HOPE- For Exceptional Needs presents a one of a kind school for kids this summer.

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✦ Speech Therapy
✦ Physiotherapy
✦ Occupational Therapy (sensory integrated activities)
✦ Therapeutic Sessions (for learning difficulties)

Independent outpatient sessions for the same are open for children in mainstream schools requiring additional assistance in specialized areas.

❯ BOOK YOUR SPOT
Email: info@hopeksa.org
Call us: 0566956887 / 0566631176 / 0598599573

Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking with Toastmasters


Fear of public speaking can be debilitating for most people. Whether standing in front of a class, giving an office presentation, or simply introducing yourself at a gathering, or within a group of friends. If you are a quiet sufferer, and would like to overcome your fear, Toastmasters may be just the place for you.

Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. This blog post has been written by Jeddah Blog reader and member of the Jeddah Toastmasters, Rayeesa Tabassum.

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Toastmasters International, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, has been at the forefront in imparting communication and leadership skills to members all around the world.

Saudi Arabia is District 79 and has over 200 clubs though out the Kingdom. Understanding the need for a ladies only club in Jeddah, TM Shanthi Lakshman, an experienced toastmaster since 2000, decided to start “Jeddah Elite Ladies Toastmasters” club in June 2013. It has grown steadily ever since and now boasts of 26 vibrant ladies from different countries like India, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

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There are lecturers, supervisors, students, doctors and also homemakers giving the club a unique appeal. The atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming, and female guests are warmly invited to attend their meetings, which are held twice every month.

This is a great place to improve our communication and leadership skills to advance in our careers, to gain better confidence and also to improve our language proficiency. With the shortage of social activities in Jeddah, I personally find this an amazing opportunity to meet new people from different cultures and make friends.

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In the words of TM Shanti Lakshman “In Toastmasters, there is no instructor, only facilitators”. There is no teacher-student relationship here. It is the perfect place for people who are terrified of public speaking, people who never got a chance to be on the stage and finally want to face their fear. This place provides support, motivation and encouragement; and members take their own time to progress slowly at their own pace and level of comfort.

As a member of Jeddah Elite ladies, I welcome you all to attend our meeting and experience the magic of public speaking and power of leadership. Hope to see you all there!

For more information, contact Toastmasters via Twitter: @eliteladies, email: jeddah.elite.ladies@gmail.com and Facebook: JeddahEliteLadiesTM

Project Mercy: A FREE Screening Event


Project Mercy of Madinah Munawwarah and the HOPE Center in Jeddah present to you the first ever Pediatric Therapeutic Screening Event.

Hope Free Screening

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Date: 28 March, 2015

Time: 8am-3pm

Location: Ad-Daar Hospital (right across the street from Masjid Quba in Madinah Munawwarah)

If you’d like to volunteer, please sign up with name and time slot of your availability. We are looking for more translators and responsible teens to help out with siblings. (For teens, please include age).

There is also space left if you’d like your child to be screened (quick consult with specialists/professionals)

Questions? Confirmations? Email them to madinah@itherapies.info

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Book Club with Kim Lyon


For book lovers who enjoy some discussion and introspection after a read.

Book Club Advert

Arabian Jewel Master Class in Documentary Film-making


Aspiring film-makers take note! Arabian Jewel is organising a documentary film-making class for community members with a keen sense of film-making.

Arabian JewelThe first-ever, highly interactive documentary genre master class in Jeddah, KSA is to be led by world renowned film directors producing award winning films and a combined 70 years of film making and directing experience.

The directors have worked with BBC, Nat Geo and Channel 4 and Discovery channels; they have held multiple photo exhibitions and workshops across the world, travelled over 60 countries, acted in foreign films and worked with notable individuals globally.

“The directors are well-known experts in this field”, says Arabian Jewel, “and we genuinely feel we will be able to empower talented individuals in our communities”.

The organisers are also involved in providing footage for a documentary film in New Zealand; the  New Zealand producer will take excellent work from the master class student to include in her documentary which will be aired on prime time in New Zealand channels.Master Class-2 film-making

Target audience

Amateur film-makers, students, professionals, photographers, directors and anyone with a zeal for documentary film-making.

Dates

26-28 Jan, 2015 (subject to slight changes ahead)

Timings

3-4 hours a day.

Location

To be announced shortly.

How Do I Register?

Follow this link to register.

By the end of the course, you’ll be proficient in:

– A brief history of the documentary genre

– Genre and style

– Audio-visual language: Image & Sound

– Music in documentary

– Structure & narrative

The course will include:

– Q & A session with the students

– Research and writing

– Pre-production (selecting the location, budget & production schedule, checking the equipment),

– Equipment: camera & lenses, sound, lighting, grip,

– Production (call sheet, coordination with the film crew),

– Setting up and filming an interview (eye-line & framing the subject)

– Post Production: editing, voice over & music recording

Practical Work

– Practical exercise
– Editing the footage
– Screening of students work and discussion
– Screening of two of our documentaries (one medium production and one mega production)

How do I Register?

Step 1:

Register here.

Step 2:

Pay through this Discount link (please create a paypal account).

What is the Age Limit?

Children aged 10 upwards should be able to understand the content and practical work if intensely passionate about the topic. However, the content language is not specifically drawn up for children. But it is certainly ideal for 16-19 year olds.
We have special discount for mom-daughter/son and father – daughter/son duo.

Apart from the Master Class, directors will continue to act as mentors and provide feedback on student’s work via Arabian Jewel.

Lifeguard Training and Rescue Course for Teens


A great new initiative to teach vital skills. Take advantage of this new lifeguard training and rescue skills course put together by the International Community in Jeddah beginning 4th January, 2015. There will be six sessions in total conducted at 1.5 hours per session. Details are below.

junior lifeguard JeddahCost

400 per student.

Location

Outdoor Pool facility. A map will be sent to registrants.

Gender

Males, 13-18 yrs old.

Itinerary

Day 1- – Swim level test. Introduction to rescue and methods to secure bodies
Day 2- Rescue theory and practical skills –
Day 3- Rescue training skills
Day 4 – Life saving training skills
Day 5- Practical skills first aid
Day 6- Test to determine rescue level

A signed level of completion document will be awarded for successful completion of training.

About the Trainer

* 15 years teaching experience n the field of swimming
* Bachelor of Physical Education
* Master’s Degree in Swimming
* Teacher preparation certification for diving and rescue

For more information, click on the Facebook event page.

Pets in Need: What Happens to an Unwanted Pet?


A pet comes with a great deal of responsibility. For most people, a pet is for life, and is part of the family, but for some they have to face a difficult decision due to their circumstances. What happens when a once much-loved cute little kitten or puppy grows up and is not so small and cute any more? Sometimes the arrival of a new baby in the family results in a change in priorities, or extended travelling during the holiday season can mean that a pet becomes too much trouble to look after.

In the blog post, Sonja Svensek, Founder of PIN (Pets in Need), addresses the harsh reality when a pet is unwanted and abandoned. It is a difficult topic, but one that needs to be discussed in light of how many animals end up suffering on the streets. Sonja gives us lots of tips on how to plan, and avoid simply discarding your pet. If you have any questions, please leave a comment after this post, and we will ensure that it gets answered.

Picture the scenario; you have had your pet for years, he/she has become part of your family and you pride yourself on taking good care of your pet. Then suddenly you are faced with an unexpected circumstance where Fido’s future becomes uncertain, as you don’t know whether you can keep him/her anymore.

Why Pets are Abandoned

Pets in Need PINThere are many reasons why people suddenly have to part with their pet. It has always been debated whether there are any legit reasons why your pet has to be given away, since after all, if you adopt a pet, it’s a commitment you make for life, regardless of the personal challenges you might face. At PIN, we come across many different reasons why pet owners say they cant keep their pet anymore. Whether it is because they are getting married and their spouse will not accept pets in the house, or because they have realized they aren’t giving their pet all the care and attention it deserves or perhaps because they are leaving the country and the paperwork included is too costly and time consuming, or maybe because they are going on vacation or realized that they have suddenly formed allergies and keeping a pet is too much of a hassle.

It is important to note that your pet’s future depends on the actions and steps you decide to take. If you adopt a pet with the notion that it’s a responsibility you’ll have for the long-term right from the start, you can always prepare well in advance of any unexpected circumstances that could arise. Just like you would do for any other member of the family. For example, you could make arrangements of who would look after your cat if you go on vacation via a trusted friend, neighbor or by contacting local cat/ dog sitters, or by ensuring your pet is micro-chipped and getting the paperwork finalized before you take him/her with you abroad and so on.

The good news is that there are always ways towards a solution. Sometimes people can be misinformed and believe that you cannot live with a pet if you suffer from allergies, or if a woman is pregnant she shouldn’t be around cats. Animal support groups serve a purpose to help educate people and to offer advice and help when needed.   But what if someone gets bored of their pet after it’s grown out of it’s cute size? Or can’t afford to look after him anymore, or are forced to ‘get rid of him/her’ through circumstances out of their control? What will become of the pet then?

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Waiting for their owner who may never return.

Countless animals get left behind when people travel – especially during the summer months, school holidays or when exiting the country. It’s all too common to see that in desperation pet owners either leave their pet at a veterinarian clinic for boarding, with no intention to collect him/her back, or are desperately trying to find someone who can take him/her literally a few days before their departure or as a last resort. Some even abandon the pet on the street believing that as an animal, they would be able to survive on the streets and fend for themselves.

It only takes a short trip to Obhur or the Corniche to see the amount of abandoned cats and dogs left to their own devices. This is not always commonly seen by people, but they are there, wandering the areas searching for their next meal. These abandoned animals are easy targets for abuse, getting run over by a car, attacked by other animals or die from starvation or dehydration. A lot of these animals were someone’s pets once. Domesticated animals don’t know how to fend for themselves on the streets. As animal rescuers we have found countless pets, some which were still wearing a collar, run over by a car.

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Once-loved, yet abandoned pet.

But these aren’t the only risks we put the unwanted pets in. Some are left at vet clinics which are put up for adoption or sale, and others are sold directly to pet stores. Some are collected only to be sold to animal markets. Next time you see an older dog for sale in a pet shop, there is a chance that he/she had a home before. It’s harder to tell with cats since pet stores still sell ‘grown up’ cats which can be sold as younger ones. Unwanted pets could also be taken in by overly interested people who use them for breeding and business purposes.

Fostering

Those who are actively involved in rescuing animals first hand, know that there are more unwanted abandoned pets than there are homes offered to take them in. Is this due to a lack of commitment we have towards pets? Or maybe because we don’t know where to turn to for help? Perhaps it’s because it might be ‘easier’ to make it someone else’s responsibility or maybe it’s a combination of all the above? Since official registered shelters do not operate here, (yet!) some people have decided to offer their homes as foster care till other homes become available. But this isn’t a long term solution, nor a sustainable one since it means many pets will inevitably be put down to sleep, or be put at risk of an uncertain situation.

Residents of compounds or villas might leave their cats behind to live ‘freely’ in the area and these animals could have the same fate, not to mention reproducing more litters and increasing the number of cats in the area in the process. There are also cases where owners have no choice but to put the pet to sleep.

We might choose to turn a blind eye, but the more we are open about this and learn the reality of what could happen to the unwanted pets, the more we can make positive changes to ensure that pets don’t get abandoned, and are given a chance to continue living happy healthy lives and that productive steps can take place to find good forever homes.

How to find a new home for your pet

It is heartbreaking to say the least, when a pet owner finds him/herself with no choices but to give their pet up for adoption. It’s not always an easy option, but one that may be their only option. But there are steps to take that can help the pet find a new home and also give pet owners peace of mind. If for whatever reason you know you have to give your pet for adoption, make sure he/she is spayed/neutered first and foremost. Apart from the health benefits this has for the animal, this will ensure they cannot be used for breeding regardless of which situation they are in.

Second, plan ahead as much as possible. Join local animal welfare groups where there are people looking to adopt a pet and where you have a better chance of connecting with animal lovers who would rather adopt, than shop for a pet. Spreading the word amongst neighbors, friends and family that your pet is looking for a home. The more awareness we spread, the more chance it could reach the people who would like to adopt or foster a pet. During my years of helping animals, I’ve learnt that we cannot assume that people know where to get a pet from. Though getting one from a pet shop is known to all, many are not aware that there are many animals through people you might know that are looking to be adopted. If there are ways where you could take your pet with you, veterinarian clinics will help with the paper work required and inform you of the process. It can and has been done many times and should be the first thing to consider doing when knowing that you are leaving the country.

Planning ahead is key. This helps your pet get the best chance of finding a home. If you are not prepared to take your pet with you or cannot afford to look after your pet anymore, a tough question should be asked. What will become of your pet? Some people have resorted to euthanasia because they couldn’t find an alternative. The topic of putting an animal to sleep has never been easily accepted for the many different views people have, but if you cannot be certain of your pet’s future, safety and well-being, then perhaps this should be considered as a humane approach to end a possible life of suffering in uncertain situations.

There are a lot of supportive members from many different animal rescue groups, and these groups help people with tips, information and possible solutions that could guide you to come up with solutions and deciding factors. A lot of animals have been saved through informing the public of animal welfare in general, and the more people we reach through education and guidance, the more lives we will be able to help and save.

Contact the following groups on Facebook for additional information:

PIN (Pets in Need) for fostering and/or adopting pets, help and information.

Open Paws Jeddah which focuses primarily on dogs for adoption

Gus’s Hope which focuses primarily on cats for adoption.

Meena (Market) Bazaar


An upcoming opportunity for fun and shopping, and for home businesses to book their stalls and sell their wares.

Meena Bazaar

Free Screening for Children at Hope for Exceptional Needs


As a continuation of its tireless efforts, the Hope Centre is holding a free screening event for parents who feel that there may be some problems with their child’s speech, posture, reading, writing or memory.

This should come as welcome relief to parents who suspect their child may be struggling in any of the above areas, and would like a professional opinion on the condition of their child. Hope will also be conducting diagnostics to check if any child is on the spectrum or displaying sings of ADHD, or any other kind of disability or disorder of any kind.

Free Screening for Kids at Hope

What is free screening?

Free screening means assessing your child to see if he/she has any kind of disability or disorder or delay in milestones. Since there is no lab or blood test to tell if your child may have a developmental delay, speech or physical problem the screening will help tell, if your child needs to see a specialist for further tests.

What happens in free screening?

The child gets diagnosed to find out if s/he has any developmental delay, speech, physical or psychological problem.

How does it help?

When any disability is not recognized early, it becomes difficult for children to get the help they need. Many children have delays in language and/or other areas. But, less than half of the children with problems are identified before starting school. During this time, if the child could have received help for these problems he/she may have entered school more ready to learn.

Who needs screening?

Children who show hyperactivity and attention problems, have problems with reading, spellings and retaining matter, writing problems like illegible writing, children showing delay in speech and delay in physical milestones are the people who need screening.

What are HOPE doing?

The Hope Centre is conducting a simple diagnosis for the children to find out whether they need any sort of assistance in the 4 major areas of speech, physiotherapy, psychological and educational.

They are also conducting IQ testing and checking to diagnose for any kind of disability or disorder.

The event is open to all. Call the Hope Centre to book a slot. All details are in the flyer above.

Eid ul-Fitr in Jeddah


In a day or two, depending on the sighting of the moon, Ramadan will be over, and Eid celebrations will be in full swing. Eid ul-Fitr, (Festival of the Fast) marks the end of the month of fasting for Muslims. For most of us in Jeddah this will mean three days of celebrations with family. For expats it may be quite different as they will be spending time away from family back home.

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The most popular greeting heard will be ‘Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair’ meaning ‘May every year find you in good health”. The easier greeting regardless of one’s native language is ‘Eid Mubarak’ or ‘Blessed Eid’.

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Rice can be bought for distribution to the needy.

In case you are wondering about the stalls selling bags of rice popping up all over Jeddah, these can be bought and distributed to the needy as ‘fitrah’, or the charitable amount which is obligatory for Muslims to give to the needy before Eid ul-fitr so that they may also participate in the festivities of Eid. Fitrah is also known as ‘fitrana’ or ‘zakat ul-fitr’. This article gives details on the Zakat ul-fitr and its calculations.

Whether resident or expat, teen or adult, we would love to know how YOU plan to celebrate Eid this year. Leave a comment and let us know.

YIG Ramadan Volunteering Food Distribution Program


YIG Ramadan Volunteering Food Program

  • Seeking to do good works this Ramadan?
  • Wish to give back to the community?
  • Looking to volunteer your time for a worthy cause?
  • Are you a teen seeking to get involved in social programs?
  • Need community hours for High School graduation and University admissions?


Look no further – Get Involved with YIG: Jeddah’s Premier Volunteering Program for Social Work

Who can participate?
-Adult
-Teens
-Minimum Age 13 yrs
-Males & Female

Days and Times
-1st Ramadan to 30th Ramadan
-4:30-6:30 PM Daily

Meeting Point
Daily at Park Hayyat, Jeddah

Distribution Districts
Volunteers will be dispatched in groups from Park Hayatt under the supervision of a team leader.

Locations

8 locations, South of Jeddah, Ruwais, Ghulail, Karantina, Gurayat, Balad

Certificates to all International Community in Jeddah volunteers stating volunteering hours can be arranged upon request.

Contact Persons

For more information, visit the Event page.
Mohammed: 0566714188
Ally Durvesh: 0599998894

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