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Saudi Arabia donates dates to Bangladeshi children

Discussion in 'Bangladesh Defence Forum' started by Riyad, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Riyad


    Jul 30, 2015
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    This is a noble act by Arabs. Saudis and Bangladeshis are ethnically and culturally different but we belong to same religion. Dates are considered holy fruit by Muslims. It has a special place among Muslims. Giving dates to school children for their nutrition is really appreciable.

    Saudi Arabia donates dates to school children in Bangladesh

    from World Food Programme
    Published on 11 Jul 2019 —

    DHAKA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their contribution of 300 metric tons of dates to support schoolchildren and their families in Bangladesh. The contribution was acknowledged at a handover ceremony this week at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia attended by Mohamed Askar of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre (KSRelief) and Alpha Bah, WFP Deputy Country Director in Bangladesh.


    Distribution started during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. WFP distributed the dates to 150,000 children across 7 sub-districts in Barguna, Cox’s Bazar and Jamalpur districts. Each child received two kg of dates as take-home rations through WFP’s School Meals Programme.

    "KSrelief distributes thousands of tons of dates each year to countries around the world, as part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Gift of Dates’ program," stated Dr. Abdallah Al-Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court, and Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. "The partnership between KSrelief and WFP is crucial in the field of humanitarian action to fight hunger and provide emergency food assistance that will improve the nutritional status of beneficiaries."


    “The dates are a special, nutritious treat for the students and their families in some of the poorest regions of Bangladesh,” said Alpha Bah. “It is especially welcome to receive this support during the fasting month, and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a long history of supporting WFP in Bangladesh and worldwide, including a contribution of USD 970,000 last year in support of the Rohingya refugee response in Cox’s Bazar.

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