The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a powerful country on the global stage, with a rich culture and countless innovative initiatives. One such initiative is the growth of numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are leading the charge in making the world a better place. Here are five noteworthy NGOs from Saudi Arabia that are making an impact across the globe.
Alwaleed Philanthropies was founded by His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal in 1979 to drive social change, with an emphasis on global issues related to health, education, and disaster relief. As one of the oldest charities in Saudi Arabia, Alwaleed Philanthropies has made significant contributions towards empowering women entrepreneurs, providing educational materials for children, and funding medical research around the world. Most recently, Alwaleed Philanthropies was awarded for its efforts in raising awareness about autism spectrum disorder in the Middle East.
Taghyeer (“change” in Arabic) is a Riyadh-based NGO that works to empower civil society and promote human rights through advocacy initiatives, campaigns, and projects across multiple countries. Established in 2011, Taghyeer works within Saudi Arabia as well as other countries throughout the Middle East to promote democracy and protect human rights issues faced by individuals such as migrant workers and refugees. The organization has also spearheaded several community initiatives aimed at youth leadership development and public engagement.
Peaceful Families Project
The Peaceful Families Project (PFP) was launched in 1999 by four Saudi Arabian women determined to raise awareness of domestic violence prevention within their own country while providing much-needed services to victims both at home and abroad. Since then PFP has grown considerably and now provides educational programs such as workshops, seminars, and online classes while also running an international advocacy program to end domestic violence worldwide. PFP also helps provide legal counsel to victims who may not be able to afford it themselves.
Baytna Syria is a humanitarian organization dedicated to rebuilding Syrian communities affected by conflict using innovative technology solutions such as SMS messaging systems for early warning alerts during times of unrest or crisis. Formed in 2013, Baytna Syria works closely with local partners to deploy resources where most needed; from providing healthcare access to supplying clean water systems or assisting with economic resilience via small-scale entrepreneurship opportunities such as agricultural production training or food assistance programs.
Tamkeen Field Hospital
Tamkeen Field Hospital was established by a volunteer group of medical professionals from various sectors back in 2012 when there was an acute shortage of medical support due to severe destruction caused by fighting forces which had led cities like Aleppo into complete chaos. The Tamkeen Field Hospital provided rapid response support covering areas ranging from critical care treatment to surgery operating rooms equipped with life-saving equipment such as Xray machines; quickly becoming one of the leading providers of emergency healthcare services throughout Syria despite its limited resources compared to larger organizations like Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).