More than 200 members to attend Jeddah meeting

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By Abdul Nabi Shaheen, Correspondent

Riyadh: The International Islamic Relief Organisation-Saudi Arabia, an affiliate of the Muslim World League (MWL), will hold its sixth general assembly in Jeddah on May 5 under the chairmanship of MWL Secretary-General Dr Abdullah Bin Abdul Mohsin Al Turki, who is also the chairman of the relief organisation's board of directors.

According to secretary-general of the organisation Dr Adnan Bin Khalil Basha, 226 members will attend the meeting to discuss a host of issues with a view to boosting humanitarian, relief and welfare activities. He said among the members are eminent scholars, specialists, thinkers and philanthropists.

This is the second time members from outside the host country are attending the meeting. "The experience has enriched the performance of the organisation, giving it a new momentum that would enable it achieve its noble objectives," Basha said.

He added that a symposium will be held in conjunction with the meeting to discuss ways and means of promoting Islamic charity action. "Renowned academicians and experts will participate in the symposium," he said.

A function will be held in the evening of the same day to honour a number of outstanding members of the assembly, institutions and individuals who have been supporting the organisation, a number of outstanding orphans and a number of local offices that have excelled in their performance.

"During the function, the organisation will receive the ISO 2008-9001 certification which is an international certificate of excellence granted to establishments in recognition for their outstanding performance," Basha said.

Emergency relief

Since its establishment in early 1979, the organisation has focused its attention on providing emergency relief to victims of natural and man-made disasters and on extending a helping hand to the distressed, refugees, orphans, widows, divorcees, sick, disabled and the poor and needy in all parts of the world regardless of gender, colour or creed.

The assistance has reached more than 43 million people in about 149 countries through more than 1,057 relief campaigns.

It has sponsored more than 300,830 orphans, providing them with accommodation, education, healthcare and financial assistance, built 1,184 schools, sponsored more than 2.2 million students, 5,412 teachers, carried out 285 health projects providing medical treatment and to more than 34 million patients in 48 countries, and dug 6,226 artesian and surface wells in 36 countries to provide clean water to more than two million people.

"We are determined to reach out to the poor, needy and distressed everywhere in the world and have enough expertise to do this," Basha added.