The Direct Aid Society declared its participation with a delegation in the works of the Arab Conference for orphans, which was held in Khartoum on 13 and 14 February, with an initiative of Zubair Charity Foundation and under the banner of God’s words: “They ask thee about orphans Say repair them is good,” and sponsored by the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and under the supervision of Secretary of Care and Social Security, the virtuous princess.
The Society is represented by a delegation that included in its membership the Director of Social Administration in the Society, Jassem Mohammad Alrabei and from the office of the Chairman of the Board of Directors Shahab Ahmed Shihab.
The conference discussed a number of experiences and initiatives of organizations and local, regional and international voluntary and charitable institutions in their area to ensure the care of orphans and interest in their affairs and development of their abilities and academic cultural and social preparation to engage in development work and integration into society, and it discussed ways to find alternative families to provide the necessary care and carry out productive projects and to provide with humanitarian assistance to meet essential needs, in addition to the identification of the people’s sponsorship and extended family responsibilities and the Fund of Trust for the future of orphans and their care after the age of puberty and it also discussed the development of legislative processions accompanying to this interest, indicating the importance of training workers in this field.
Also, a delegation from the Social Reform Society under the chairmanship of Hamoud Al-Rumi and membership d. Abdullah Ateeqi participated in the conference reflecting the interest of the State of Kuwait in philanthropy in general and orphans in particular.
The conference witnessed a significant attendance of the leaders of voluntary, humanitarian and charity work from each of: United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Libya and Iraq as well as representatives of diplomatic representatives in Sudan.
The Conference discussed six work sheets on issues and concerns and the problems of orphans in the Arab countries, where the participants reviewed the experiences of organizations working in the field of orphans and insights and prospects for future work with a focus on the practical aspects of the participating organizations.
The work sheets of the conference dealt with the concept of the care of orphans in Islam, the efforts of governmental and private institutions in Sudan, and international experiences in orphanages, and providing with a safe environment for orphans according to standards and forms of care model0, with modern methods of orphanage, and the obstacles that organizations face in ensuring orphans.
The delegation of Direct Aid showed the experience of the State of Kuwait, represented in (The Public Authority for Minors Affairs), as well as reviewing the experience of the Society in the field of ensuring the care of orphans, especially in the African continent, where the attendants in the conference on the experience of the Society and appreciated its efforts in this area, expressing their hope to benefit from some of the experiences and ideas and their application in the field of sponsoring and taking care of orphans and that the society does not give up its orphan even after exceeding the age of eighteen years through educational, professional or developmental sponsorship.
The participants concluded at the conclusion of their meetings to a set of recommendations, including:
- Call for a unified strategy for the care of orphans in the Arab world.
- Creating a website for the Arab conference for Orphans for the exchange of experiences and networking among all organizations in the Arab world.
- Holding a conference of orphans on a regular basis regularly to provide with the appropriate environment for the exchange of ideas and experiences with the establishment of a permanent secretariat.
- Promoting of the culture of sponsoring orphans and enhancing the concept of values of solidarity and compassion and a culture of volunteerism across different media.
- Urging the Arab countries and societies to allocate endowments for orphans in order to ensure continuity of care and sponsorship.
- Developing a system to monitor the situation of orphans who exceeded the age of eighteen and creating alternative formats to ensure continued support till completing their education.
- Establishing an authority for orphans’ affairs in the Arab countries for the care of orphans and to benefit from the experience of the State of Kuwait in this context.